Many years ago, I wrote a long detailed and perfectly crafted letter to a man of wisdom. I remember laboring over it for weeks, making sure it expressed where I was and what I was looking for. I was so desperate.
The words I used filled 4 pages, my attempt to represent how lost I was, how found I wanted to be.
I was grasping for direction.
I remember perfectly how totally blown out I was when I received a four sentence response, which wasn’t even a response.. it was a quote from the sacred Dhammapada:
“The bad things, don’t do them.
The good things, try to do them.
Try to purify, subdue your mind.
That is the teaching of all buddhas.”