us has a different life, different ways of being human and experiencing our life. Let’s talk about what life is.
is happening is your life. It is not past or future, it is the present. Whatever you are experiencing right now
is your life. Being married, not married, being a monk, being a nun, this is life. Maybe you could be one of the
people who win the lottery. That is your life. Or maybe you are one of the people who does not win. That is your
life. Regardless, whether good conditions or bad conditions, that is your life.
question is: Are you enjoying being in your life in this moment? We need to ask ourselves this question: “Am I
enjoying this moment, being who I am, and embracing whatever is happening around me?” It is possible that
somebody may be dying. That is his or her life. Or maybe somebody is becoming enlightened right now. That is his
or her life. Life is the present.
ask this fundamental spiritual as well as philosophical inquiry, “Am I enjoying this life?” This is a very
profound inquiry. “Am I enjoying this moment?”
discover that we are not enjoying this life in this very moment. What is the pattern behind that? We are being
attached to the past, about pleasant memories, or projecting those grand illusory fantasies into the future.
Maybe we are afraid or there is resistance to experiencing what is happening right now. Maybe we are resisting
the thoughts, feelings, or sensations that are arising right now. Maybe they seem too detrimental or unpleasant
to us. So we are going to the past or the future, not being in the moment, embracing the inner and outer life.
embracing life means surrendering to all conditions, outside and inside, whatever arises. Escapism is the
opposite of the sattva, the spiritual courage, because we are running
away from samsara, we are running away from reality.
Bodhisattva is walking towards reality with great courage, appreciation, and joy. A Bodhisattva is somebody who
has true spiritual courage, who is completely free from fear and hope.
Bodhisattvas are unique heroes.
Worldly heroes may have courage, but they always have hope and fear. Bodhisattvas always transcend hope and fear
because Bodhisattvas perceive everything as a blessing. Everything is an amazing source of wisdom and knowledge.
Bodhisattvas do not have fear of life because they realize fear is only a mental projection.
Bodhisattvas have already awakened to
the nature of everything in reality, they do not have a sense of fear and are ready to embrace everything. Also,
every time a Bodhisattva goes through life’s challenges, it makes him or her even more compassionate. Situations
enhance one’s commitment and practice.