Today is NKT Day – a day that is as important to Kadampas as Easter or Christmas is to Christians. Today we remember and celebrate our great good fortune in being able to benefit from the activities of the founder and members of the New Kadampa Tradition.
That reminded me of how many days we actually have in this life. If we live till 70 we have about 25,000 days at our disposal. Sounds like a lot. But if we are 35, then that’s 12,500 gone already – what do we have to show for that time? If, like me, you are closer to 50, the math looked even less appealing and more alarming.
So are you happy with your life and how those days are being used?
How do we see our lives anyway? Is our life the sum of the external factors acting upon us, forcing us to squander our spiritual potential?
Or is our life what we make it?
We can do anything with our life – externally we may be constrained – internally we are completely free. We have choice of action which we can use to intervene in the seemingly automatic cycle of action and reaction.
In between stimulus and response there is a space, and in that space lies our freedom to choose – the key to our growth and happiness.
If we want to achieve something meaningful with our lives we need to use every day that passes to move us closer. The law of the harvest applies: you will reap what you sow – no more, no less.
We are so fortunate. We are living at the dawn of the age of Modern Buddhism. In many senses this is a degenerate age but for Kadampas this is a golden age – a time when we have a teacher who has not only passed on the teachings he has received in a beautiful presentation we can easily understand, but has also shared his most intimate experiences as a fully qualified practitioner and master.
We have everything we need to make every day truly meaningful. How wonderful.
In the days that remain, may I sincerely honour the NKT and Geshe Kelsang by putting Dharma into practice in all my daily activities.