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Moderator: Master Gautama, thank you so much for that—I feel like my mind is going quiet. But before it shuts down altogether, I need to ask my final question to both of you.
Tony, now that you’ve clarified what it means to better ourselves and also how we can become a good person, I have one more query. What does it mean for each and every one of us to be on our edge—to live on the very edge of our potential?
Robbins: Well, I think in many ways I’ve already answered this question. First of all, to be on our edge means that we are evolving in the most important areas of our lives. And second, to live on our edge, to me, has to mean that we’ve stopped living selfishly. To put it simply, if we’re really on our edge, we’re helping to change the world.
Moderator: Thanks Tony. Gautama?
Buddha: I agree wholeheartedly with the great one Robbins! I would say that to be on our edge and to live on our edge means that we are either aspiring Buddhas and Bodhisattvas or fully realized Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Remember, such individuals incarnate for the sake of others. They are no longer in this world merely for their own benefit. Such illumined ones are here solely to bring the light of higher awareness into this world so that more and more of us can awaken . . .
I'm interested in the ways in which the Buddha is used as a way to authorize certain contemporary ideas of "the good life," "peak performance," and so on. It's easy to dismiss these bits of fluff for what they are (bits of fluff...), but I have reason to think this is the kind of material many people bring with them to Dharma practice: the expectations they may have before the expose themselves to traditional teachings. So we would do well to make ourselves aware of them.