Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

Freedom from Fixation

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Fixation is the cause of all the suffering we come to experience in life and that being Buddhist is about freeing ourselves from the attachment of all fixation and obsession. When we become overtly attached to our fixation, we lose awareness of all other things around us. If we can go through life without clinging to any fixation or try to dictate how things should fit into our habitual preference, our mind become instantly much more relaxed and much more open and expansive.

In the Audio Teaching ‘Freedom from Fixation’ Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje uses examples from daily life to show that the key is not to interfere with the natural flow of event we come to encounter in daily life. The nature of phenomena is that they are impermanent and do not last, but because of our fixation in perceiving phenomena as real, we become attach to them and come to express such sentiment as ‘I must have this or I must do that’. The more we try to interfere with the natural flow of event, the more problems we create for ourselves.

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje explains that the first thing we need to do is to take care the wellbeing of our mind; because when our mind is taken care of, we change the quality of our own energy. What we then project is a direct reflection of what is in our mind; be it loving-kindness, hatred or anger.

Describing how to live a life as a Buddhist in the modern world, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje goes on to described the Buddha’s teaching on right livelihood and the benefit of always putting others first.

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