Excerpt About Motivation

When the Motive and Goal to Practice Disappear

We are continuing to explore and to challenge our conventional view of practice. We usually think that our practice is something we do that will have the effect of making something else happen. If we truly understand the noncausal view of how realization happens, the questions of both motive and goal disappear naturally. Both motive and goal support the idea of causality. I am not saying that causality is a bad thing. I am not saying that thinking in terms of cause and effect is not useful. Obviously, in our day-to-day life, it makes sense to look at things that way. Our science is based on some notion of causality. And, if we examine our experience, there is quite a lot of evidence that what we do has a lot to do with what happens. But, as in my experience of self-realization that I described to you, even though it appeared that my practice was causing the realization, looking at it more deeply revealed that it was actually the other way around. And, deeper still, it wasn’t simply the other way around—the practice and the realization were happening at the same time. And, even further, we can see that they are actually one thing—practice is realization, realization is practice.

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