The West Wight is the Western side of the Isle of Wight, situated off the Southern coast of England. There is a thriving Buddhist community on the Island made up of a number of different groups. The West Wight group, or Sangha, is non-denominational and meets weekly to meditate and discuss the Dharma, the Buddha's teachings.
All pollution is cleared from the minds of those who are vigilant, training themselves day and night and whose lives are fully intent upon liberation.
Dhammapada verse 226
If we are confident about the path and direction in which we travel, we won’t spend time in aimless wandering. Hence the Teachings encourage us to be vigilant. Energy and devotion to spiritual practice, however, are not enough. Our lives need to be directed towards the right goal – experiencing for ourselves the state of perfect freedom from suffering. As we travel along the path, we can check to see if our progress and direction are correct by observing the pollutions of mind. Greed, ill will, laziness, anxiety and hesitation, are they diminishing or are they increasing? We get to know the reality of the pollutions as and when they appear. We will learn about their disappearance, here and now, in the same way.