Many people recite the Buddha’s name, keep a strict vegetarian diet, and practice in pursuit of purity. They call out, “Give me a little bit of purity, won’t you?” In truth, everyone who holds this wish knows that they have as of yet been unable to obtain such a state. Purity, after all, is neither in the beads of your mala; nor is it found on the meditation cushion; nor in your prostrations and yoga. In their search for purity, most people just end up falling deeper into the mud, unable to take a hard look at what it is.
People who can really enjoy a state of purity are those who live always in the moment. What is this ‘moment?’ It is none other than the most pressing life matter upon your hands; none other than the thing you most fervently would like to do right now; none other than that which you are obligated to do right now. It is the time you are currently enjoying. The time when both your body and mind are being tormented. The moment is that which shackles and chains us to our life; the moment we come screaming and crying into this world; the moment we begin our formal education; the moment we start our first job; the moment we bind ourselves in marriage; the moment our first child is born; the moment we become ill. We follow these to the end of our days.
If you can be completely clear in each and every moment, from one day to the next, you can directly obtain the dharmakaya body without passing through the bardo. If you can successfully observe all the thoughts in your mind from one moment to the next, every moment will be your golden opportunity.
Life can be long or short. Who can be absolutely sure if tomorrow we will live to get out of bed and put on our shoes? A person who understands how to live in the moment will never make excuses for themselves. On the contrary, it is exactly by facing the moment that they will be able to find better ways to deal with what it brings. True purity is maintaining absolute clarity about what is happening, whether it is wonderful or disastrous.
The only real failure in life is when you are lost in ignorance. When you let go in the moment, that’s precisely when success comes. In the hand of the successful person, there is always a golden key; and this is especially the case with a person who persists in carefully observing every moment as an opportunity for accomplishment.