It sounds as if "progress to awakening" has nothing to do with interactions in daily life, that it has nothing to do with the kitchen sink, changing a diaper (nappie), talking to your neighbor, doing your job to earn your money to buy your bread, voting in a election, volunteering at an animal shelter, being active in a "trendy issue" that seriously concerns the welfare of the whole world, both in the short term and long term.SDC wrote:I think it comes down to how much time and energy are going to be devoted to GW (or any other issue). If we’re talking about forgoing or sacrificing progress along the path for these issues then we have chosen NOT to make pursuit of the dhamma the priority. There is no way to justify the efforts to solve worldly issues as anything more than the making of very noble merit, which is NOT the same thing as progress towards nibbana. It is a very good thing, don’t get me wrong, but it is not the same. Can you do both? Yes! Of course you can, but to not acknowledge the difference between ‘making merit through worldly efforts’ and ‘progress to awakening’ is misleading. And either can be done without the other.
While "making merit" is important, I am not talking about just that. Progress to awakening is not limited to just the time sitting on one's butt waiting for the timer to go off. Progress to awakening is an ongoing, never turned off, process. Learning that takes time and insight. There are times in one's life where there needs periods of withdrawal to focus on the practice, and how individuals do that is going to vary greatly. Progress to awakening can also find a place in involvement in "worldly trendy efforts" as it can with caring for one's kids. And this is going to play out differently for each individual.