I’m reminded of a story I heard where a wise man was asked to define perfection. His answer: The farther you go from the self, the closer you are to perfection.
We have a finite number of hours in the day. We have a finite amount of energy and will power. The thinner you spread those finite resources, the less impactful and focused you will be.
Pleasure is not intrinsically a bad thing, although it has something of a bad reputation. Many might feel that experiencing pleasure, or doing something because it feels good means you are being selfish and self-serving.
Viewing the world as it is and accepting the reality you see around you is often not easy. But perhaps not for the reason we think.
Recently, I have been reading through Dokkōdō (獨行道) and thinking about how the various precepts apply to my own life. So, I thought I would share those thoughts here.