Imagine if you are in your house and it is on fire – but you did not realize it. This is exactly why the first thing the Buddha taught was the first noble truth of suffering. He wanted to arouse in us a sense of spiritual urgency. Like the house on fire, we too are burning – with greed, hatred, delusion, old age, sickness, and so on. Why is it so hard to see this reality and feel its urgency? If we are to save ourselves from the metaphorical burning house, what must we do? What more is needed once we develop this sense of spiritual urgency?

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