Friday, 1 July 2011

NEW MOON - Friday 1st July 2011

Few are those who reach the beyond.
Most pace endlessly back and forth,
not daring to risk the journey.

Dhammapada verse 85

To imagine anything truly new is not really possible. Most of it is a rearrangement of the past. We need a
distinctly new approach if our goal is ‘the beyond’ - freedom from suffering. The predictability of the familiar makes us feel safe, even if it is tedious. This is the endlessly pacing back and forth. This is how we live with clinging, but what would it be like to not-cling; to trust in here-and-now awareness, informed by Dhamma? It takes courage to let go of the familiar and open to the unknown. Our commitment to precepts and our training in mindfulness are our protectors, so we can dare to take this new journey.

With Metta,

Ajahn Munindo

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