Feb 1, 2021
In order to change our experiences, we have to change the way we think, feel, and react. As long as we maintain the same habits of mind, our lives will continue with a similar amount of suffering, anxiety, or anger. Buddha teaches us that our lives are projected from our mind. In this episode, we will attempt a daily meditation and mindfulness practice to change our thoughts and feelings and project a new, more peaceful reality.
Easy is life
For someone without a conscience,
Bold as a crow,
Obtrusive, deceitful, reckless, and corrupt.
Difficult if life
For someone with a conscience,
Always searching for what’s pure,
Discerning, sincere, cautious, and clean-living.
One digs up one’s own root
Here is this very world
If one kills, steals, lies,
Goes to another’s partner
Or gives oneself up to drink and intoxicants.
Good person, know this:
Evil traits are reckless!
Don’t let greed and wrongdoing
Oppress you with long-term suffering. (verse 248)
--Buddha, The Dhammapada
Links and References
Buddha.The Dhammapada. Translated by Gil Fronsdale. Shambala, Boston and London, 2011, pp.63-64.
Je Tsongkhapa. Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, by Je Tsongkhapa, Volume 2. Translated by the Lamrim Chenmo Translation Committee. Joshua Cutler, Editor-in-Chief, and Guy Newlan, Editor, pp 144-150.