52. Seize the opportunity

“All 84,000 sections of the Dhamma are simply strategies for getting people to turn and look at the mind. The Buddha’s teachings are many because people’s defilements are many. Still, the way to put an end to suffering is only one: nibbāna. This opportunity we have to practice the Dhamma rightly is very rare. If we let it pass by, we’ll have no chance of gaining release in this lifetime, and we’ll have to get lost in wrong views for a long, long time before we can meet up with this very same Dhamma again. So now that we’ve met with the Buddha’s teachings, we should hurry up and practice to gain release. Otherwise, we’ll miss this good opportunity. When the noble truths are forgotten, darkness will overwhelm beings with a mass of suffering for a long time to come.”