So far this blog has been about approaches to self-realization based on the Buddha’s teaching. That isn’t going to change, but the focus and scope of our work is going to expand radically. Sometimes we get criticism from religious Buddhists that we aren’t ‘traditional’ enough. Well unfortunately for them, we’re about to get even more untraditional.
Some of our existing series, like Matrix Learning and Being in the World, already show this new direction at work. These series apply powerful facets of the Buddha’s teaching, such as Dependent Origination, to subjects preliminary to enlightenment and self-realization. This strategy will become our new theme and emphasis going forward.
We are now working on a comprehensive package of courses empowering students to attain any life goals they wish using the power of the Buddha’s teaching. Is that untraditional enough for you? Of course, the same tools can also be applied to meditation and insight. But more importantly, we have removed the restrictions imposed by the religious context.
Context is very powerful because it determines meaning. For example, the word ‘up’ has at least 18 principal senses—more if you consult a comprehensive unabridged dictionary. Which one applies in any particular sentence is determined by the context: the words immediately preceding and following it that determine its meaning.
So we have shifted the Buddha’s teaching from residing within the context of the Buddhist religion and tradition, to becoming a context of its own that can be applied to anything whatsoever. This has the effect of releasing the tremendous pent-up conceptual power of this teaching, making it available for any purpose you may desire.
Here I would like to compare the Buddha’s teaching with a software tool called an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). An IDE gives a software programmer all the tools he needs to develop, test and modify any program. Similarly, the Dharmasar Solution gives us all the tools we need to develop our mind and being in any way we desire.
Yes, this is a major shift in our trajectory. But I am determined to ‘jailbreak’ the Buddha’s teaching from the restrictive religious context, and make its powerful tools available to anyone who wants to improve his or her intelligence, break free from self-limiting beliefs, and take positive action to attain their most cherished life goals.