Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cultivating a disciplined practice

You know, a lot of people have an aversion to the word "discipline" and that's a real pity because its root mean "to teach". I was moved and inspired by the quotation below. It describes discipline as an unsurpassed treasure, really:

Discipline is like moonlight to cool the wild mind that is burning with anger, attachment, ignorance, jealousy and so forth. One becomes calm, concentrated, and magnificent, towering over ordinary beings like Mount Meru rising above the world. Others will be drawn to one's strength and will find great inspiration and confidence in it. It pacifies our own being, and it brings peace into the way other people and sentient beings relate to us. Thus wise practitioners protect their discipline as they would their eyes.

-- The 14th Dalai Lama

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:10 PM

    This really speaks to me about needing to tighten up my own discipline and "protect it like (my) eyes". thank you!
    annie c


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