Training the Mind Is Like Taming a Wild Animal

People come to practice at the monastery in order to attain peace. But for many, the result of the practice is often the opposite and rather disappointing, because all they experience are restlessness, discomfort and a drifting mind. If there is no understanding, we will get confused and despair, Wondering why we are there. Training …

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The Five Mindfulness Trainings

I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from … …harming living beings. …taking things not freely given. …sexual misconduct. …false speech. …intoxicating drinks and drugs causing heedlessness. according to Thich Nhat Hanh First Training Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating compassion and learning ways to …

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Stop Directing The River’s Flow

“Throw everything away, forget about it all! You are learning too much, remembering too much, trying too hard… Relax a little bit, give life a chance to flow its own way, unassisted by your mind and effort. Stop directing the river’s flow.” — Mooji “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by …

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Thirsty, I Brew Tea

It’s never been possible to fabricate nature. Why do I look for enlightenment outside? All I know for truth is that there is no action in the heart. Thirsty, I brew tea; tired, I take a nap. Ven. Hye Geun (혜근스님) 1320-1376 From The Korean Way of Tea, p. 58