Almost always when we talk about how our meditation practice can really not be separated from working with the Precepts, someone will lament how hard that is. And we all agree, it is hard if you wish to label it that way. But what does that actually mean? Why do we think of it as hard? Or, perhaps, why do we make it hard for ourselves?
How about if we say; using the Precepts to help ourselves make and experience less suffering? The Precepts are not there to make life hard, but to point us in a different direction, sometimes called a ‘safe direction’.
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