Sunday, March 11, 2007

Of Quotes, Reflection and The Dhamma 3

* You can never change the past but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.
The past is dead and gone; the future is yet to come. What really matters is the present. Live NOW. Somebody once told me this :
Yesterday is History, a Memory;
Tomorrow is Uncertainty, a Mystery;
What matters is Today ….. That’s why the PRESENT is a Gift !
Do we train our minds to be mindful from moment to moment ?

* Nothing is so full of victory as patience.
Indeed, patience is a great virtue. It is one of the Paramis of The Bodhisattva as he develops his Perfections on the path to become a Fully Enlightened Buddha. Too often we give up things because of a lack of patience …our outreach work, our Dhamma study and our meditation. It is time we put in a greater struggle to develop our patience.

* Perseverance is to go on when the rest goes off.
Determination, perseverance and persistence are very important qualities to cultivate in our Dhamma Practice. Even the Bodhisattva, with his great Paramis , had to struggle for six strenuous years before he attained Enlightenment. We should always reflect on this whenever we slack in cultivation or when sloth and torpor constantly overwhelm us as we walk the Dhamma Path.
With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin

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