Tuesday, 12 October 2010

"Two" Quotes that I Like

While in the midst
of those who are greedy,
to dwell free from greed
is happiness indeed.

Dhammapada verse 199

We all have values which we hold to be honourable: honesty, selflessness, generosity, for example. However, when those around us are travelling in a different direction, it can be hard to live our lives aligned with these values. The Buddha knew it could be hard, but he says to dwell thus is the source of happiness. If we recall how it feels when we betray ourselves, we can consider how the opposite is the case when we make the effort to hold to integrity. Or consider how it feels to focus on gratitude, instead of indulging in the sense that we are lacking. Letting go of thoughts, not adding anything to this moment or taking anything from it, we incline towards an inner peace and contentment that is the ever-present nature of our true hearts.
Establish ourselves in this awareness and we are disinclined to be intimidated by others.

With Metta,

Bhikkhu Munindo

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