But just for fun...
Haha, thank you, this made me laugh
appicchato wrote:Although not ever having been a goal oriented person I would think that setting one's self goals on this spiritual path is an invitation to disappointment, or worse, should the goals not be achieved, change, or become unachievable...
My poa (plan of attack) is to try to do the best I can with what I've got as I move on down the pike...no expectations...with the realization that things won't always go the way I wish them to, while nurturing faith and confidence that this is the right way to go...
Well, I would agree if I considered the milestones on a time-scale; but I do not see the contradiction so much if the "project phases" were based on defined quality gates.
I guess the idea popped up when I read Ajahn Brahm's book on meditation (Mindfulness, Bliss and beyond) and heard a talk by Sister Vayama regarding preparation for dying. Both seemed to indicate a sequential line to practice maturity and progress. So, if there has to be a step 1 - step 2 - step 3 ... why not plan the practice elements to systematically build up this experience?
This is not based in expectations, but in setting up a practice system that can be managed both in terms of actions but also in the sequence of progress - if indeed such a sequence exists. I guess this is my question, really. And if one "phase" of practice maturity builds upon the other, it might be able to plan all the relevant areas instead of basically stumbling upon them per chance which is my current approach (i.e. subject matter approach based on a whim
I'd also like to say that if you want to get serious about your practice, then try and maintain it on a day-to-day level, at its most fundamental. And if you think you've got it 'down pat', then its probably worthwhile revisiting it and making a decision with strong determination to be more scrupulous with your practice.
Maintain the purity of your precepts and use every opportunity througout the day to develop samadhi and panna. If you do this, then progress, and the goal, will take care of themselves.
I guess this is what I am thinking about - how do you organize "getting serious about your practice"; for me, this implies a systematic approach, including daily routines of various sorts - i.e. having/making a "plan" on how to proceed.
eg. defining substreams for meditation, sutta studies, talks, skillfull social activities etc. Scheduling in terms of relevance for the "phase" I am (in my case pariyatta plus a subsequent shift putting in practice after the study part). But this not "as it comes" but on a preplanned plan (not defined in where I want to be next year, but which quality gates I have to pass to progress
But maybe this is just a brain fart from my side, so thank you very much for taking time to respond