Monday, 2 May 2011

NEW MOON - Monday 2nd May 2011

Aware among those who are heedless,
awake among those who sleep,
the wise go forward like strong young horses, leaving the exhausted behind.

Dhammapada verse 29

How can we stay true to our heart’s aspiration for awakening and yet remain sensitive to the needs of those around us? If we lose balance, our good intentions lead only to more suffering. The Teachings tell us to take care that our effort in practice is informed by wisdom, and not by preference. Being sensitive to the needs of others is important, but not at the expense of the quality of our own awareness.
If the distortion of selfishness dominates consciousness, our efforts will fail to benefit. Firmly establishing this sense of priority, we build an inner foundation. Rather than defensiveness and anger, our response to criticism can be kindness and understanding.

With Metta,

Ajahn Munindo

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