rowyourboat wrote:Hello All,
I wondered how important keeping precepts was, in your personal practice- also it would be good to know why you give it little or high importance.
Well they are also rather good at keeping one out of hell - that's always a good bonus
But seriously, I can recall how I used to meditate without having cleaned up a certain precept, and my meditations could 'only go so far'; But one day, I finally made a firm resolve in my heart that I would never break that precept again in that way, and my meditation practice literally improved overnight.
Just like that!
Further down the track now, there are still many imperfections in how I practice sila, but I try to make sure the general direction is towards greater purity, and not backwards (and I'm doing heaps better than even one year ago). Just today I reflected on how much happier I am when I am free from remorse. Once again, I'm finding that the suttas are correct: observing sila leads to greater ease and happiness, even in the here-and-now.
Sila, as I understand it, is like the foundation stones of a building; as the building goes up, they need to remain there, and if we remove them halfway though the process, the building will come crashing down!