Hi, once again I have been wondering about how to improve my practice, meditation for one, but also systematic sutta studies, daily practices of care and compassion (my weak spot) etc.
As I am still in the more "conceptual" phase of learning about buddhist practice, my natural response as a researcher and project manager is ... to set up a project plan.
You know the stuff, define "goal" (minimun "favourable rebirth", maximum "stream entry"). Assuming that this will be a life-long project, it seems most sensible to approach it with defined phases and quality gate/milestones to develop a "step up" approach ...
Now I am wondering if this project approach might be totally unfeasible because maturing as a Buddhist is understood by me as an experience-based instead of conceptual path. But I am getting stuck on whether this implies to just take practice "as it comes" or if i can drive it systematical, as I would in any "normal" project.
It's a pretty natural response to my style and life experience to approach spiritual development as a project with defined milestones; but perhaps it's just totally off in terms of having even the slightest chance to progress this way.
How do you "plan" or work on your path of practice? Any pointers or warnings you could share? Or any links to threads here where this might have been discussed (I didn't find anything related to my "project"-based ideas so I might not have looked for the right key words).