|Thought for the day: September 1, 2007
We allow meditation to happen when we get out of the way long enough to catch a
glimpse of the mind's natural state.
|Thought for the day: September 4, 2007
"Remove the impunities of the self, little by little, bit by bit. and from time to time," from
sayings of the Buddha in the Dharmapada. Each individual must work within his own
capacity, striking a balance between striving beyond one's capacity and laxity.
|Thought for the day: September 5, 2007
Progress made on the Path must be carefully protected; it is easily lost through laxity.
|Thought for the day: September 7, 2007
When Buddhist say "all is empty," they do not mean that they do not exist at all. What
they do mean is that things do not exist the way that they appear. We tend to think that
objects are capable of standing alone, independent of anything else, and that are
world is filled with such objects. Buddhists, however, say that all these objects we see
are relative to each other and cannot exist in isolation. It is because of this that they
are empty, and it is said that while existing for all practical purposes; if analyzed they
do not exist in isolation and are dependent on many factors, as well.
Part of the confusion that leads us into thinking that objects are real substantially
existing entities is due to the process of naming. We impute names to the objects of
the world and assume that the name stands for a real object; but it does not. Not
seeing clearly the interdependence of things, we are easily overwhelmed in a world
that appears to be filled with individual and separate objects. This viewpoint carries on
to ourselves and we see ourselves as separate from all the other living beings on the
planet and this leads to selfish viewpoints and all our problems.
|Thought for the day: September 13, 2007
If, when the mind is free and disengaged, we give rise to inquiry, then we will become
less vulnerable to unwanted thoughts that overwhelm the mind in fruitless distraction.
|Thought for the day: September 14, 2007
As dharma practitioners we aspire to practice conditioned dharmas to arrive at
unconditioned dharmas. In the beginning we may practice generosity because it is the
right thing to do; but as time goes on, if we are sincere, we will become a generous
person. All dharmas are like this.
|Thought for the day: September 16, 2007
If you know an entire sutra or more, teach that. If you know a page, teach that, If you
know a paragraph, teach that, If you only know one sentence of dharma, teach that.
But, don't teach unless asked.
|Thought for the day: September 21, 2007
The Buddha said in the Dharmapada: Hatred only hurts the hater.
Hatred and anger hurt the one who holds these dispositions far more than the target.
Often the one who is the target of our anger and hatred could care less how we feel.
Also, in the course of a life enemies can become friends and friends can become
enemies. Knowing that it is far better to treat others equally.
As a monk my Teacher always paired up people who did not get along well for
various tasks. Those who bring out the worst in us are really doing us a favor by
allowing us to see what we might otherwise keep buried. The important thing is to see
the negativity arise as in a mirror, but just look at it and see it for what it is, without
allowing negative action to arise from it.
Look at the space separating thoughts and work to expand that gap.