Robert Aitken on Spiritual growth

Personal Growth and Dharma Growth

It is interesting to compare personal growth with Dharma growth. With good advice the young person knows that she can’t predict what kind of career she will follow as an adult. People train to be engineers and turn out to be teachers of English. With good advice the Zen student knows that Realization will not turn out to be what she expects at all. On the other hand, a young person will grow up, even though she wants to stay as a child. A Dharma student will not grow at all if she decides to stay where she is.

Robert Aitken

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