So this is the last day of
the year 2006. What are your New Year Resolutions? It is a good idea to
your goals, spiritual goals in particular. Even though the Diamond
"The past mind is intangible; the present mind is intangible, the
mind is intangible." We try not to hold on to the past; we try not to
fantasize the future; we try not to cling even to the present.
people get confused about this point: we should live in the present
Does that mean we don't plan the future? No! That would be a
of this teaching. The Buddha, before he became the Buddha, definitely
goal. His goal was to liberate all sentient beings. That was his
which drove him diligently to seek a solution. To seek the truth. He
So what is the difference
between setting a goal and planning the future, and clinging
or fantasizing about the future?
[Answer from audience: To
fantasize about the future, you don't actually do the work necessary to
the result you want.]
Right! We should think
about Causality: cause and effect. If you want something to happen in
future, you need to bring about the right cause and conditions. That's
future relates to the present. That's why the future is in the present.
means now, there is something you should do.
So if you want to finish
school, be successful in business, or become a Buddha, you need to know
takes to get there, you need to put in the right effort now.
So to fantasize about the
future, to have unrealistic expectations about the future, to cling to
future means you don't understand cause and effect; you don't work on
cause, you don't put in the right effort, but you expect something to
the future. That won't work.
If we want a good future, a
good new year, we need to think about what we should do in the present.
wants us to be happy, so of course we should think about the future.
should be realistic, know what is possible. If you want happiness in
future, you need to know what is happiness. If you want to continue to
you need to think about what kind of happiness lasts. You need to know
path, the Way, to ultimate happiness.
You want to get
enlightened? Think about what you should be doing now to achieve that
should study and understand the path, know how to get rid of your
bad habits, and act on it. You want to improve yourself. But are you
doing the things now to improve yourself? If not, where is that future?
So the future is in the