DHARMA PATH: THE PICTURE WITHIN A PICTURE, What was I doing before I discovered the dharma and how do I now use dharma in my own life? To me, that…
DHARMA PATH: THE PICTURE WITHIN A PICTURE
What was I doing before I discovered the dharma and how do I now use dharma in my own life? To me, that is a good question. It’s not that I didn’t have a life; I did, and that life did have some sort of plan going. Like most folks that I knew back then, I was trying to make sense of it all as best I could.
I liken my view to a patchwork quilt. A number of the squares in the quilt were filled in, some in great detail, but there were also huge holes or gaps. It was anything but a whole quilt.
And to continue this analogy, while what squares were there told little stories, all of the squares in my quilt did not themselves create a larger picture. In other words, I could see some of the trees pretty well, but not the forest. I feel that’s not a bad analogy.
If I had to add it all up, I did not have much of an overall plan and certainly was not on any path that I could discern. When I got over just reading about the dharma and started to actually practice it, walk the walk, a lot of gaps in my world view began to fill in, even if it was very gradual.
And so, as mentioned, not only are the holes or quilt-squares gradually filling in, but more important, all those squares in the quilt themselves start to form an image that arises from the whole quilt, call it an overview. That overview “image” is invaluable, the mother of the path of the dharma itself. Without it, we can’t see where to go, where we are now going, and that we are progressing at all.
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