Having a steady mind

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A series of talks based on Don’t Believe Everything You Think given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day starting in March 2013. The book is a commentary on The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas.

To Bodhisattvas who want a wealth of virtue
Those who harm are like a precious treasure.
Therefore, towards all cultivate fortitude
Without hostility—
This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.

  • Fortitude is a mind of inner strength that can bear difficulties and hardships and deal with them
  • Our usual response to those we don’t like is to harm them physically or verbally
    • The verse advises us to see them differently and take an opposite approach
    • Those who harm us give us the opportunity to develop fortitude
    • Changing our perspective on the situation so there is no anger to start with
  • If we can calm our mind, we can look at the situation and see what is a useful reaction that will benefit ourselves and others

SDD 27: Having a steady mind (download)

09-20-15 Having a Steady Mind – SDD

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