Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

Beginnings of Mindfulness

A young man watering some plants mindfully

The Audio Teaching ‘Beginnings of Mindfulness’ comes from the teachings of a past Pathgate Summer Retreat, during which Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje explained the essence of Buddhadharma, and need to cultivate stability to the mind, which comes about though the practice of discipline.

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje describes the quality of ‘Chan Ding’ and shows students how stability of mind can only come when we have generated a store of merit through the practice of the Bodhisattva, and when we have a mind of equanimity, which requires the presence of mindfulness to bring the practice of Dharma into our daily life. Using examples from his own experience, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje encourages students to start practising mindfulness in small things, like how they take a step or drink from a glass of water.

Through cultivating mindfulness we develop the capacity to choose what we do, rather than reacting by impulse or habit. With the presence of mindfulness we can choose to follow the discipline of Dharma practice rather than being led into further suffering by wallowing in confusion and distraction. In this way we can protect our mind and make our life worthwhile. In time, our every action is done with a meditative understanding of what it is, with a sense of purpose of what it is, know exactly what it will generate – that is mindfulness, that is the beginning of practicing Buddhist Dharma.

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