Rattling off a quick update about my personal practice, using the Three Trainings framework of Buddhism.
One of the reasons I started practice was because I was becoming very aware of how little control over my own mind I had. This is both an early example of a growing awareness of anicca (radical impermanence) from the unconditional side of things, but also a positive and motivating realisation that made me want to see if the corollary was possible: an ability to move the mind.
In the first part of this post I discussed conditional ways of using humility as a renunciatory practice, giving up tightly held aspects of the self which turn out to be unhelpful and inessential. I’m going to come back to the quote that started the post: ‘Humility is having nothing invested in the self-image’. This points to a different, unconditional way of discussing humility and identity, and implies that it isn’t even necessary, which I will now ponder on in the form of a blog post…
An acquaintance of mine who has a knack for explaining contemplative practice in fresh and new ways once posted about humility and identity on a dharma forum: ‘humility is having nothing invested in the self-image’.
The cycles of practice are starting to become a little less opaque, which is very encouraging, as I could often feel very lost at times.
Practice is more and more difficult to talk about in terms of discrete topics. This was frustrating me when writing the last blog post, because I was trying to isolate the factors of awakening in order to make them more easy to discuss. I was wondering if I was being overcomplicated or simply not articulate enough.