An honest Dharma practitioner strives to be prepared.
This preparation infuses all levels of experience and mind.
Prepared for what?
His or her own self-sabotage.
The honest Dharma practitioner understands that ignorance is stubbornly clever and will create obstacles and diversions; some familiar, others inventive and new.
He or she understands the terrain changes every day,and the ongoing goal is not victory, but to maintain stability and equilibrium as clearly and consistently as possible.
This is done with awareness, balance, mindfulness, integrity, supportive relationships . . . and by doing his/her own work in a virtuous and responsible manner.
The Buddhist teachings and ways are open to all; one need not be a Buddhist to share in them.