Sunday, 27 January 2013

FULL MOON - and Winter Retreat, Sunday 27th January 2013

Here is Ajahn Munindo's latest reflection from the Dhammapada. Today at West Wight Sangha we are
having our first Winter quarterly retreat day and this verse seems particularly appropriate.

In the past we've run Spring, Summer and Autumn retreats but January has proved to be either too near to christmas and new year or the weathers been foul or everyone's gone down with a seasonal bug, so fingers crossed for a fruitful day................

Just as a fletcher shapes an arrow,
so the wise develop the mind;
so excitable, uncertain
and difficult to control.

Dhp. v. 33

Bringing body and mind in line with that which is true, calls for a special kind of skill. Just when we thought we had our spiritual practice in order, we trip and fall again. It doesn’t matter if we stumble from time to time, learning to walk is like that, falling over is part of it. The skill worth developing is the agility which finds us readily picking ourselves up and beginning again; without looking back.

With Metta,

Bhikkhu Munindo

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