Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 06/06/2013

Association

Before the day has taken its headlong dive into business preoccupations I wanted to write here to try to stabilize my heart and firmly anchor it in the views and inclinations of the Dhamma. I completely understand the Lord Buddha’s correction of Ananda now when he related that frriends are the whole of the holy life because it has been too easy to slip into ways of talking and thinking which are akusala simply by remaining in close association with my partner for 18 hours a day. This is, of course, not to debase or deride him because I find him to be amongst the most generous people I know but it is true that he doesn’t hold the Dhamma in the high esteem that I do so some aspects of the path such as samma vacca and samma kammanto are lacking or completwly eschewed altogether. Hence my attempt to clear my head now after my sit and my desire to set the intention to live today in accord with the Dhamma.

May I remain true to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and may I ever incline the mind towards harmlessness and loviing-kindness!


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