HUMAN ENLIGHTENMENT: ENCOUNTER WITH THE IDEALS AND METHODS by BIKSHU STHAVIRA SANGHARAKSHITA

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As you can see from these definitions, one is the opposite of the other. Finally, delusion, which is defined as ‘a stubborn closed-mindedness about learning anything which you feel might threaten your ego-identity, and upset the sense of security you wish to get from it, but which you are unaware of, and therefore feel you must protect’. Even though comparatively short, these three definitions are quite profound and far-reaching. With the help of these three definitions we can begin to see what is meant by Spiritual Community.

Coming from a wealthy and aristocratic family, he was in the position of being able to satisfy whatever desires he had. Whether health, youth, strength, riches, social position, or education, he had everything that the world could offer. He had plenty of leisure, plenty of friends and relations; he had a wife and a child. But although he had all these things, they could not give him what he really wanted. For even though he may not have known it at this stage, what he really wanted was something spiritual, something Transcendental.

Among them there are people of many different kinds, having different backgrounds, different outlooks, different temperaments. We may find some of them quite easy to get on with, and others not so easy. We may find some of them impossible to get on with! So what are we to do? We do not want to leave the Spiritual Community, and we can hardly ask them to leave. There is only one thing for us to do: to work hard on it together. We have to recognize that what we have in common is much more important than what we do not have in common.

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