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Friday, April 04, 2014

1398- Materialism Is Not Necessarily Negative!

Gyalwa Dokhampa, aka Khamtrul Rinpoche,
(a Buddhist teacher in the Drukpa Lineage)
_________________________________ just meditating, nothing will change. Along with meditation, we must develop the strength of compassion through wisdom... The purpose of Buddha's teachings is to do what is needed just NOW. Compassion helps put this in action.

...From the Buddhist point of view, we don't think that materialism is necessarily negative. It is a tool. Like a computer can be used to spread any message, either of peace or of hatred. It is our responsibility to develop the wisdom and compassion that is needed to use the tool properly, so that it does not take over our lives and we don't harm anyone.

...Mindfulness begins with bringing the mind to the present moment.
What is the reason we feel disturbed? It is either because our mind is caught up in the past, or it is disturbed by hope and fear related to the future. The past is gone and the future is as yet uncertain. So, all worries are a waste of time and energy. Entangled in these, we forget to live life in the present. By bringing our minds to the present moment, we can begin to see things clearly. The simplest way to do this is to focus on the breath. Count the number of times you are breathing in and out. This will bring your mind to the present moment.

Awareness of body and breath is the first step towards awareness of our emotions and reactions in everyday situations. If we sense that the body is tensing up, then it is likely that the mind will soon follow. Try to focus on the breath, on the in and the out, to allow the mind a chance to pause.

...Many people think that we Buddhists are only about being and never doing, but it is really that we need to be before we can do: we need to understand who we are, and then strive to get something done, driven by love and compassion.
(The Speaking Tree,TOI, 25:03:2014)

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