Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Students practising Chan Ding Walking Mediation in Sydney, Australia

In the Audio teaching ‘Mindfulness in Everyday Life’, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche begins by reminding students that one of the greatest demons is the demon of our own mind, that which disturbs us from within. We habitually search for happiness through the craving for material possessions, the seeking of recognition, and the attachment to status of one kind or another, but happiness and peace of mind do not come from anything outside. In the pursuit of happiness, we change our diet, we take up new hobbies, we engage ourselves in a diversity of distraction, but none of these can bring us true happiness. All such activities arise from our emotional urges to follow the fixation of our mind, forever exaggerating the qualities in something that doesn’t even exist and distancing ourselves further in the process from the direct experiencing of the truth.

The mindfulness of Buddhadharma is not the conceptualised logic we use to define that which we encounter in the world, but the direct experience of both the relative truth and the ultimate truth while remaining in a state of equanimity.

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