Question from a colleague: How can I make the benefits of practice remain with me throughout my day at the office? That is, how can I not become caught up in the tensions and frictions of (the working) life?
He then says that according to the Dalai Lama, « Buddhism » as such cannot « succeed » as such in this, our Western world, awash with greed (not to mention anger and ignorance).
True, I say. I think he doesn’t see the truth.
As he is moving on, I add: This desire for benefits, and this desire to prolong them, to make them permanent, is itself a manifestation of greed. (Clinging to the end of greed is greed.)
My colleague is given pause. After a moment he says, « That’s twisting a pretzel! »
No, I say, it’s untwisting it.