Sunday, 30 September 2012

FULL MOON - Sunday 30th September

Remove the bonds of affection
as one might pluck an autumn flower.
Walk the Way that leads to liberation
explained by the Awakened One.

Dhammapada v. 285

We will not free ourselves from attachments by holding to opinions about how life should be. And ‘life’ here refers to everything: self, others, material possessions. Even religious opinions lead to suffering if we pick them up in the wrong way. Rather it is by recognising, at the time we are doing it, how we hold on to things.

Why do we resist the reality of change? Change is constant yet we don’t see it. Walking the Awakened One’s Way to liberation means examining our relationship to all experience - the agreeable and the disagreeable. Every single moment of our life is an opportunity to learn how to let go, let be and understand.

With Metta,

Bhikkhu Munindo

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