|Thought for the day: May 5, 2008
If you want to become enlightened you must first make yourself available.
|Thought for the day: May 9, 2008
Good ideas certainly do occur during meditation; but never allow them to hijack your
|Thought for the day: May 12, 2008
Regarding earning money, a disciple of my Teacher, Master Hsuan Hua, follows the
following principle which he attributes to lessons learned in life and from our teacher:
Always put people first not money...
If you put people first the money will follow....
|Thought for the day: May 15, 2008
When in meditation and your busy mind is quietted, ask yourself who it is that is aware of
this stillness. When you stir the mind with this thought, excluding all others, this is
vipasana, or insight meditation. The former quiet and peaceful state is samatha,
quiescence meditation. Generally speaking, one first practices samatha until one can
easily sit undistracted in stillness. Later, when distracting thoughts have lost their power to
lead the mind away from its center, one introduces vipasana. As one's skill develops the
two become inseparable.
|Thought for the day: May 17, 2008
When it is said that the seed of enlightenment is within each and every thought; what does
this mean? Why is it that we are all not enlightened? We all certainly have thoughts, and yet
instead of becoming enlightened by them, we tend to become more and more entangled.
Each thought leads to another and thus we have a head full of many thoughts. This diversity
of thought exists because we follow one thought to the next and a single thought soon leads
to a diversity of thought. This diversity of thought leads to a dissipation of energy, like a light
beam being diffused by a lens.
If through meditation we can learn to turn thought around instead of following them, the light
that goes out is reversed and shines within. In other words, when we look into thought and
inquire into its source, asking ourselves, "from where does this thought arise,?" the habit of
thought leading us outside will gradually be broken. When this occurs we will discover the
power of a single thought to illumine within.
|Thought for the day: May 18, 2008
Analytical meditation is reasoned contemplation, which can be discursive, about a single
topic. As long as our inner dialogue or reasoning remains on topic, we are engaged in
analytical meditation. When sutras teach us to abandon all thinking, they are not referring to
analytical mediation. On the contrary, sutras encourage us to practice this kind of meditation
so that we can balance concentration with understanding.
|Thought for the day: May 24, 2008
"Fox doubts" is a Buddhist term referring to the kind of self doubt that often blocks a
decision to practice the dharma before one even begins. It comes in the guise of self doubt,
doubting one's worthiness or ability, and if it is not recognized and cast aside, it can lead to
slowed progress or no progress. If the effort is sincere and the intention is right, never fear
stepping off a hundred foot cliff.
|Thought for the day: May 19, 2008
If you cannot refrain from judging people, judge them like a junk collector viewing a trash
heap, always looking for what may be of value.
|Thought for the day: May 23, 2008
Concentration is gathering all thoughts to a single point. Wisdom is knowing where to direct it.