Practice Is Awakening
The farmer ploughs and plants his field well. But a farmer has no magic power to command “Today let my crops sprout up. Tomorrow let the grains come forth. The day after let them ripen.” No, only time can make this happen.
—Anguttara Nikaya 3.91
MOST EASTERN CULTURES traditionally take a much longer view of time than Western cultures. These views are rooted in religion. The Buddha shared the Indian long-term perspective on time. He understood that character development is a lifelong process (or even longer!), and that patience and persistence ...