BODY, SPEECH AND MIND

Body, Speech And Mind

In the Dharma, prayer and ritual may be a little difficult to accept because we may not be ready for them; even though we may be introduced to prayer and ritual at the beginning of our path, it’s not until we see them as a means of purification that their full value is understood.

Reading and hearing about the Dharma is only one aspect: we also have to live it. This is, of course, a personal decision and will depend on our understanding – and how much we recognise the damage done by the influences of the world in which we live.

We are town-dwelling yogis, and not monks and nuns. However, we can live with the same principles of mindfulness of body, speech and mind; in other words, we avoid frivolity. We can still have fun and be very creative, but we are mindful of the effects that restlessness and careless speech have on our minds and, out of compassion, stand firm for the benefit of others.

Prayer and ritual create a pure atmosphere for enlightening body, speech and mind. We sit with a good posture to keep the body and mind alert, and recite something that is meaningful to us.

Being balanced and steadfast in all areas,
an awareness of body, speech and mind
creates an atmosphere of inspiration.

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5 Responses to BODY, SPEECH AND MIND

  1. marcel says:

    In my experience, purifying body-speech-mind is hard work. Bad habits don’t go away that quickly. Any progress can easliy being undone if we loose our attention. The last two years, I’ve been working on the body part of the equation. I’m now running marathons on a regular basis and both head and body have become much clearer and leaner.. However, the body is still asking for meat and alcohol on a regular basis. Not too loose and note too tight.. I see the work on the body as a sort of a prerequisite to move on to the speech and mind domain, which are highly interrelated. Off course, the work on the body cannot go with reinforced motivation, and selfdicipline. Fascinating stuff, this working towards the rigpa paramitas..

    • tony says:

      It’s fascinating how we all have suffering from the past which inhibit our actions now. The only bad habit is ignoring. Awareness is the antidote which brings about balance.

      Some bodies need a little meat. When I visited Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche in his monastery in Nepal he served stew with a little meat in it.

      At Tsok Pujas a teaspoon of alcohol is poured into the palm of the hand to drink from.

      It all helps not to be obsessive!

      Tony

  2. marcel says:

    The following question seems to be key: How-to rebuild confidence in the innate buddha nature and abide in it.

  3. tony says:

    This is a fundamental and very subtle question: confidence arises with the realisation that Buddha nature never went away, and has been there all along.
    ‘Abiding in it’ is a duality. There is a saying, “Not this, not this. Thou are that” and then to “Thou art that” we say, “Not this, not this”. This is really only understood in prolonged, non-distracted non-meditation.
    This relates to subjective Dharma, when experience is so pure that there is no time to rest in the innate nature when we are that timeless, innate nature.
    This is a fundamental and very subtle question that should be asked constantly … and then dropped, because the answer lies in that which asked the question.
    Tony

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