We are now in the second half of the month the Shakyamuni Buddha became enlightened – Saga Dawa duchen. The fact that enlightenment was in fact achieved by one individual means we all can do it. Of course it is no easy task and it will take a long time, nevertheless it is doable! That is really good news. So keep up the good work making effort to keep actions, words, and thoughts as positive as possible. Even if sometimes we can’t, at least recognize and acknowledge negativities with the wish to eliminate them in the future. This is maturity and positive growth towards enlightenment. The fact that we can change is very important. Change is possible because everything is impermanent. Impermanence is possible because everything is relational (and thus empty), depending on cause and effect. Time to rejoice!
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Mindfulness involves a way of life that evaluates our thoughts and emotions, while they are happening or about to happen. A great master, Atisha, who lived about 1000 years ago, would observe his mind. When […]