This is from ‘The Ten Commandments Of Minsfulness’, which I seriously doubt were called the ten anything and certainly not called commandments, either – but if you’re going to make Buddihism appeal to the West you need to speak their language, I guess the thinking goes.
Anytime I’m just listing the first five but so far – I’m good….suffering body, losts of mishaps and obstacles, no shortcuts, a bit of haunting evil here and there, and no easy success.
1. Yearn not for a body free of disease and suffering, because without going through pain and illness, sundry desires are easily awakened.
2. Wish not for a life free of mishaps and obstacles, because without them one tends to become arrogant and egotistic.
3. Pray not for a quick shortcut regarding spiritual introspect, because without excruciating effort, one becomes short-learning.
4. Fear not the haunting disturbance of evil while accumulating spiritual strength, because without them oneâ€™s determination does not grow solid strong.
5. Hope not for easy success in oneâ€™s work, because without difficulties and failures, one tends to undervalue others and become overly proud
Not really much to disagree with.