Sakyamuni was defenitely right, as always. He was beyond the truth.
The correct approach, the best attitude, is always the middle way. This sentence could sound pretty comfortable, but as often happens when is about Buddhism, things are not what they seem in the first place: apparently everything is just grounded in common sense, at the limits of obviousness, but as soon as we try to apply the Buddhist principles to our life they start showing their enormous depth and power.
In Buddhist phylosophy there is nobody else eccept yourself deemed to the judge, the accused and the jury. This is going to be complicated in the beginning. What really means practicing the middle way? I can just tell what is happening to me, and do not pretend to give an universal interpretation. If I would give a concise definition of the Buddhist approach, I would define it as a ruthlessly realistic analysis of the experience commonly called “life”. Since the outcome of this diagnosis is not really comfortable in the beginning, Sakyamuni teached his students to preserve the root spirit of the teachings, as the only real defense agaonst the twisted human ignorance, capable to distort every written word and incapable (in his original afflicted status) to focus on the meaning of the words and not on the words themselves.
That’s why mind has to be trained: it must be trained because it can be trained. Our true nature is vacuity: this means that as we can trap ourselves in cages built by our twisted mind, we can also be the creators of our releasing. Vacuity is not good or bad, like energy is not good and bad. It can just be used to engage freedom and compassion or negativity and afflictions. The amazing thing is that we can master this. Which part of the mind is really” you? Is there a real “you”? I don’t know yet :)
That’s what I am going to find out. But still, being in the middle way means that on a relative level we are still living a normal life: having a job, maybe a family, and so on. So, once we see how important and profound the Dharma is, the main challenge for me is not to be 100% committed to it, but finding the balance with the normal life: for example having a job that gives me time enough to practice with diligence. Believe me: this may appear as a minor goal but is not. It is the result of an intense reflection and in my opinion this is the higher goal in life because is motivated by what I assume to be the best interest for myself and for the others.
Is there greater freedom than being able to be commited on our top priorities? I don’t think so. Of course this obliges to choose carefully our goals, but once we have understood what is really important in life being allowed to work seriously on this is the greater luxury, because it will bring the greater benefit. We can be convinced we are destined for something, but the truth is that without all the conditions we can have all the talent in the world, but our dreams will not become reality. That’s why creating the conditions is important as being ready for something.
Narrowing the field of our choices, establishing our top priorities, examining in detail the nature of our motivations, our thoughts, our emotions, our patterns. These are the keys for achieving the access to our new life, not following the caprices of our vagabond mind.
Somebody will not be happy of this. Your ego will not be happy. It will feel delimited in its potential, its choices. It will rebel against everything represents your new choices. But being dominated by ego is really happiness? If it would be so, what need should we have to search for truth? This is not heaven, and ego is just the momentary configuration of the effects of the forces which led us “to be us”. But this is just a lapse, a moment, and something still goes on. Something survives the aggregation of the elements, something survives “us” as persons. I still don’t know what this is for real, and if I will be able to go further with this researc, but I a firmly convinced this the real revolution both at personal and collective level. How can we help the others if we still have not found our way?
I know most of the people like me are just lost in life, but everybody should know that out there there are true masters and noble disciplines specifically made to drive us through the darkness to the light. So there is hope, don’t waste time, don’t procrastinate, follow your true practice, whatever it is and do it today. There is no more urgent thing than this, besides this you will find a way to do everything else is necessary in your material life.