Again from the weekly offerings of Lama Suryas Das via Dzogchen.org, comes a pithy summation of the Middly Way:
We are always on a spiritual path but we don’t realize it, therefore we encounter many obstacles. If you really wish to develop your life, you must first develop your mind. Contemplation on the process of your own life is the main and authentic practice of Buddhism.
For the rest of the world, it is beneficial that there are more master teachers than just the Dalai Lama. One man, great as he may be, can only reach so many people - even with today’s technology. Great Tibetan masters are very rare, and all are aging in this world. For an American, they can be as unreachable as the stars. May their teaching fall on open minds, so their teachings can continue in the next generation.No matter one’s spiritual anchor, we all can benefit from the work of the Buddhist community as minds are awakened one by one.