Extending through teaching
There is a relationship between compassionate action,
teaching, and other forms of expression. According to one sutra, a
exactly who is to be educated, how, and by what means, whether by
the bodhisattva's teaching, physical appearance, practices, or bearing."
What do you have to offer
to educate others? Do you teach now? How can you extend
yourself into the world more skillfully as a teacher?
Authentic teaching can take place in any walk of life (or path of
the Wheel): to be a loving parent is a kind of teaching, to work harmoniously
with others is a kind of teaching, to live in a balanced ecological
relationship with one's surroundings is a kind of teaching, and so
does my livelihood teach the Buddha's experience?
We often assume that insight is one
thing, and the expression of insight is something else. However, the
wisdom and compassion, or practice and engagement—are ultimately
inseparable. This is a basic tenet of engaged Buddhism.
Awakening is only complete—in the same way that
a work of art is only complete—when it finds an expression, a form,
that translates one's experience in a way that makes it accessible
to others. That again is the balance between wisdom and compassion.
The creative process of expressing the Dharma is not just a question
of duplicating in words something etched somewhere in the privacy
of my soul. The living process of understanding is formed through
the encounter with another person, with the world.