If we are expected to ‘practise’ virtue, we should perhaps ask when and where the ‘performance’ is to be? We are also advised to ‘practise’ love and compassion, friendship, safe-sex, etc. Is this some kind of get-out of life clause?
The verb ‘practise’ implies that we are not perfect, and yet in essence we are.
To date, 300 religions have fragmented the human mind into a million pieces and hidden away the spontaneity of human-ness with strict discipline, dogma and rituals. It seems that most people are magnetized to going in the same direction as the people around them, but what if it is the wrong direction, synthetic, delusional?
‘Virtue’ is natural and spontaneous. It is here and now so we don’t need to search and travel to find it.
In the same way, it does not need to be practised with hours of repetition and instruction, imitating the so-called models. In fact, practising anything will fix you into the opposite of what you are trying to ‘achieve.’
According to the Buddha, Buddhism viewed as a way of life rather than a religion, the core of all virtues lies in The Three Roots:
1. non-attachment (Skt. araga) – clinging to nothing and no-one
2. benevolence (Skt. advesa) – sincerity, generosity and altruism
3. understanding (Skt. amoha) – deep listening to others at the heart
So, why don’t we just fully live the live performance of every precious moment of human life.
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