Posted by: Upāsaka | 09/21/2015

Wearing the Fetters Thin

264. Whoever makes love grow boundless,
And set his mind for seeing the end of birth,
His fetters are worn thin.

If he loves even a single being,
Good will follow.
But the noble one
With compassionate heart for all mankind
Generates abounding good.

Anguttara Nikaya IV.151

Shared via Buddha Vacana for Android

How far from this ideal has my habitual state of mind been over the last few days?  I am so fortunate to have the Dhamma and good kalyanamittas to have helped me navigate this typhoon of delusion and aversion that threatened to swamp not just my practice but my entire life as well.

I have a sneaking suspicion that my encounter with the restaurant owner would have gone very much differently if i had applied more energy and effort during my cold and sat the length of my normal sessions. Instead,  i made the decision to show myself “compassion” by letting the mind and heart wallow in delusion. It is clear to me now that, in my car at least, such a choice is not the compassionate resolve,  rather it is a path fraught with danger and paved by laziness and dissipation. May i do better and resolve to always use every last ounce of energy for the practice of awakening. May i never forget the lesson learned and may we all practice diligently to free ourselves from suffering.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Good Girl Grown Up

In the Process of Learning to Break the Rules

Path Press

an existential approach to the Buddha's teaching


NorthWest Spiritism - Explore Your Destiny


Are Buddhists, Neuroscientists, and Quantum Physicists saying the same thing in different languages? Let's finally bring the two together and have an enlightening discussion.

Pure Dhamma

A Quest to Recover Buddha's True Teachings