The Raft

The Buddha compared his teachings to a raft. If you are on the dangerous side of the river where it is treacherous and you want to go to the other shore where it is safe, you can gather some sticks and twigs to construct a raft, working with what is available . With effort you can use that raft to cross over. Once you arrive there is no need to carry that raft with you. You can put it down for others to use.

In this way religious teachings are skillful means and not ends in themselves. They are maps pointing to something. In many ways much about our lives works in the same way. We often find ourselves attached to ways, stories,beliefs and other ideas and things that we might be better served in knowing ourselves if we were able to know better when to let go of them. There is a more intimate way of knowing our experience if we were to use our thinking as we use the raft. There is an advantage to using our words and ideas but they are not ends in themselves.

Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through Qthe self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

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