Saturday, March 10, 2007

Conditions conducive to practice

It's really important to have a place to meditate where you won't be disturbed - a place dedicated to your spiritual practice:

For meditation to happen, calm and auspicious conditions have to be created. Before we have mastery over our minds, we need first to calm their environment. At the moment, our minds are like a candle flame: unstable, flickering, constantly changing, fanned by the violent winds of our thoughts and emotions. The flame will burn steadily only when we can calm the air aroundit; so we can only begin to glimpse and rest in the nature of mind when we have stilled the turbulence of our thoughts and emotions. On the other hand, once we have found a stability in our meditation, noises and disturbances of every kind will have far less impact.

- Sogyal Rinpoche

This is why it's a good idea to come to the meditation hall to practice. Remember, we have daily meditation here at the Center. Our schedule is on our website and you can click through to that right here.

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