Dale S. Wright

‘At earlier stages of “self-” cultivation, where one hopes to achieve something for oneself, the merit and progress accrued in virtuous acts is very important as motivation. But by the time the sutras work up to the perfection of wisdom, all talk of merit and individual accomplishment disappears in the texts. Wisdom entails overcoming the isolation of the selk, not just for the self but on behalf of a larger collective reality beyond the self. It imagines stages of self-cultivation where self-concern is no longer the focal point of the activity, where doing what is right, doing good on behalf of all members of a community are the images of perfection.’ (The Six Perfections)

I read this, and think that currently I am a long way from doing things on behalf of a collective reality, because the idea of that is so fractured right now…


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