Could someone elaborate on the concept of blessings from an intellectual and a personal experience point of view?
I'm struggling to understand how they work and i cant seem to find any good material about it.
I don't know if there is an intellectual or "rational" explanation, so I will offer an analogy.
Suppose you want to go to a location 100 miles away, and you see a railroad track
and you know that if you follow that track it will eventually take you to that location,
so you walk along that track.
That's okay, but it will take you a very long time to get there.
But if you hop on a train which travels along that track,
now you have the power of that train working for you.
You have the conductor and the engineer and everybody who is part of that railroad,
plus the train itself.
So you will reach your destination faster and in a much happier way.
So in Buddhism a blessing carries with it the "energy' of the whole lineage
to sort of help move you along swiftly,
just as a train helps move you to your destination along the rails.
I will try to recall some personal experience that relates to this.