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Training the Mind

Buddhist Temple in Delhi

Training the Mind

Buddhist Temple in Delhi Do not rely upon other conditions.

We do not need to wait for better conditions before starting to practise, because we can transform any circumstances, whether good or bad, into the path to liberation and enlightenment.

In the practice of training the mind, we rely upon our own inner strength rather than upon external conditions. We do not need to wait for better conditions before starting to practise, because we can transform any circumstances, whether good or bad, into the path to liberation and enlightenment. If we wait until we find perfect conditions, we will never begin our study and practice of Dharma. Moreover, if we are preoccupied with creating perfect external conditions, we will never find the time to meditate because we will be too busy trying to fulfil our insatiable desires. For example, we may have a very agreeable partner, but because of our discontented mind still look around for someone else, or we may have a good car, but still want a bigger and more expensive model. Again, our present job may be very good, but out of discontent we still want a better one. If we pursue all our desires, there will be little or no time for Dharma practice.

“Since it would be a great tragedy to waste this rare opportunity, I must use it in a meaningful way.”

Buddhist Temple in DelhiApply the principal practice at this time.

At the moment we have a precious human life, but it is uncertain how long it will last. We should think, “Since it would be a great tragedy to waste this rare opportunity, I must use it in a meaningful way.” It is pointless to work just for material wealth. Even if we were to become very rich, we would still have to experience the sufferings of samsara. There are many wealthy people who have great problems and worries. We should think:

The greatest purpose of this life is to provide a means for attaining liberation and enlightenment. The only way to attain these is by practising Dharma. Among Dharma practices, the supreme practice is training the mind. Therefore, I must practise training the mind now.

Author Info

Ven. R. Sumiththananda Thero

Born at Kurunegala in Sri Lanka, Ven. Sumiththananda Thero has a monastic life of over 21 years. On invitation of Mahabodhi Society of India, he came to India in 2005 and has spent 6 years at the Mahabodhi Temple in Varanasi as the Assistant Bhikkhu-in-Charge. Since 2011, he is the Bhikkhu-in-Charge of the New Delhi Centre of Mahabodhi Temple. He has studied at the Colombo University and at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi.(Email ID: sunarada@yahoo.com)

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