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Look like Pureland practitioners?
As far as I am concerned a practice like this is very grounding. Powerful physical exercise. If we do 88 or rounds of 108 or even as a means of pilgrimage, weight reduction and we might begin to understand refuge ...
I sometimes wish I had just read one book and practiced mastering everything in that one book.
I wonder if I would've been better off for it.
It is a question of chewing and digestion, rather than indigestion. Everyone travels at the pace they feel able to manage BUT most people need to slow down, focus, ground themselves in dharma etc.
It is important to get on the right wavelength, hence Sangha. It is important to understand basics, hence Dharma. Becoming a Buddha requires the most important step of all, becoming the ease and rest ...
The Bodhisattva ideal (which in Theravada is initially directed towards self actualisation) is right intention enabled. Can we live up to/from the ideal? Increasingly through practice.
@Will_Baker does not ask about the intention of being aware of our intent but that is part of it. By developing the integrity to recognise the limited and limitless heart of our being, we learn to focus on the greater and dissolve the lesser.
That is the intention.
My sister a lapsed Tara devotee, created this sculpture ...
Made from her leftover wands and hand made paper flowers and a scrap one winged fairy ...