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He said,”My Dharma has the single savor of liberation, whether you taste it in the beginning, the middle, or the end.” Wherever you taste the ocean of Dharma teachings, which traditionally number 84,000, it has the single savor of liberation.Dharma is like the ocean: whichever ocean among the seven seas that you taste, wherever you taste it, it has the single savor of saltiness.Generally I advise, or the tradition advises having a daily practice. Like if I say “meditate every morning,” maybe somebody says, “I’m not a morning person.” So I’ll say, “oh, then meditate every night.” What shall we say: meditate every day.So morning is good, before things start going, but maybe night is good for you, or maybe mid-day or when you get home from work, I don’t know. So I say having a meditation session, formal, let’s call it sitting practice every day is very recommendable.
Like other religions, the Buddhist tradition and its teachings evolved, adapted, and developed in different ways as they encountered and became at home with different cultures and countries in various times and places; thus, over the centuries, there arose numerous schools of Buddhist thought and traditions of practice, emphasizing different aspects of the teachings.
It also can seem difficult to see how our own tradition fits in to the greater Buddhist landscape.
For these reasons, I want to lay out an overview of Buddhist practice, which can help you understand Buddhist theory and practice in whatever form, country, language, or center in which you might experience it, and see how it all stems from the Buddha and his original teachings, with different skillful means, philosophical elaborations, and cultural accretions developed and added on along the way.
Historically speaking, then the Mahayana, or Great Vehicle, then arose; it is renowned as the path of universal liberation, because its teachings emphasize that all practice must be dedicated to the liberation of all beings, since we are all inseparable.
The main teachings of the Mahayana arose as the Buddha appeared in the form of various meditation deities through various visions.
And then integrating that into daily life: mindfulness while eating, talking and working; practicing the virtues of generosity and unselfishness–that is where the rubber really meets the road on the spiritual path.