imaginos wrote:However, we who follow the genuine teaching of the Awakened One should not choose our path based upon the easiness of it.
That's a very good point.
imaginos wrote:Following the genuine path is painful and generate tremendous amount of suffering.
I am a bit concerned about this one. As far as I know, at every step this Path reduces our 'sum total' of suffering. If you are referring to the occasional 'test' by Mara, then yes they can be excruciating, I agree. But let's not forget that samma samadhi
(properly supported by the other seven factors of the N8FP) is going to involve more bliss and happiness than we have ever
experienced through gross sense enjoyment, if the Buddha is to be believed. As I recall, Ajahn Brahm seems to imply that knowing jhana, one will wonder what all the fuss was about, regarding sensual pleasures which, according to Aj.B. (and of course the Buddha) are quite inferior. There are immense challenges in our Path, but let's not forget that ultimately it's a Path of joy. Even the basic level of keeping five precepts reduces all the suffering that comes from breaking them. After a while the mind not only stops feeling tempted to break even one of them, it actually feels horrified at the thought of breaking even one them. Even that basic level of practice can lead to Heaven, and it's just the beginning...we really should be celebrating.