Wednesday, 22 December 2010

FULL MOON – Tuesday 21st December - 2010

Here's another "fortnightly reflection" from Ajahn Munindo, this time on the occasion of the full moon.

Truly it is ourselves that we depend upon; how could we really depend upon another?
When we reach the state of self reliance we find a rare refuge.

Dhammapada verse 160

By pointing out that we are, ourselves, our only true refuge, the Buddha is showing us that the direction we need to look for real security is inwards. We can’t afford to lose ourselves in outer activity. To be freed from perpetual disappointment in life we need to know ourselves fully. When we know ourselves we can forget ourselves.
Having been released from the prison of selfishness our hearts and minds are liberated and available to truly serve reality in each moment. Generosity, kindness empathy all occur naturally when our being is one with truth.

With Metta,

Bhikkhu Munindo

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