The Buddha left us with some invaluable pointers about how to direct our spiritual ambition so we recognise what’s important and don’t drive it into dead ends. The four great tasks, and the eightfold path in particular, articulate these pointers to awakening.
Each of us must work from a unique starting point dependent on our personal origins – a starting point we haven’t chosen, but still our own personal track head. On the way we might have awakening experiences, especially if we meditate intelligently and quite a lot.
But was the Buddha ultimately concerned not so much with individual awakenings as a communal development towards a new civilisation based on a shared awakening?
Have a look at the talk given to Beaches Sangha in Sydney in April 2016. You’ll find it here, and do please leave your response as a comment.