Reply To: AN1.310


Desire to enjoy sense pleasures, worldly success and fortune will inevitably hold some people back from learning and practising Buddhadhamma.

What I really wanted to stress was that these things should not be overly indulged in. If one strongly feels one is missing out, one can always remind oneself that there will probably be many future lives in which we have the opportunity to pursue these worldly things. For, after all, Nibbana is not easily achieved without much time and effort. It would probably take place over a span of at least many lifetimes.

What is critically important, now, though, is to embark on the Path. Over the course of innumerable aeons, I think, it is much, much rarer to make progress on the Path than to achieve these markings of worldly success, or to enjoy such sense pleasures.