“Mental Maintenance” means working with our own minds. Anxiety, depression, and stress can affect anybody. First, we need to take care of our actual physical needs, but then we also should care for our minds. Mental maintenance signifies stability. So first, it is good to investigate our own minds. Are they stable? Are we in control of our minds?
Series: Introduction to Mind
When we really want to practice Dharma we wish to carry on until we die. We don’t want to stop! Dharma practice is a continuous journey. Of course, we want to continue until enlightenment but as we begin, we can think, “I want to practice at least until death”.
What is Dharma?…. Knowing Mind is Dharma When we hear the word dharma what do we think of? Often we think of sādhana practice, study, visualizations,
Learning Buddhadharma can be done in a number of ways. Especially in these modern times. We can go to retreats, listen to teachings, take courses, and of course read lots of books. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us here, however, that learning Dharma actually means understanding the essence: the crucial points.
Have patience with the teachings and with yourself. Phakchok Rinpoche gives advice that the proper attitude for receiving teachings is with an open mind.
Dharma practice means training our minds. What kind of mind training do we need as dharma practitioners? Tolerance training!
What do we really mean when we speak of mind training? It can sound very complicated and too much for us to handle, but we have to understand how to begin.