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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Mindfulness the Key to Understanding the Dharma


In Buddhism, the essential meaning of the word "study" is the unceasing, dedicated observation and investigation of whatever arises in the mind, be it pleasant or unpleasant. Only those familiar with the observation of the mind can really understand Dharma.

-Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, "Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree"

James's comment: Another word for "study" in Buddhism is mindfulness. Studying the words of the Buddha and the Great Bodhisattvas are well and good. However, to really grasp the concepts of the Dharma one must practice, "living study" through moment by moment mindfulness.

-Peace to all beings-

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1 comment:

Dhanapala said...

You may wish to check: http://buddhadasa.nalanda.org.br

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