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Buddhadharma : Fall 2010
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly fall 2 0 10 88 meditative concentration; and wisdom. take time to look at each quality and how you express it in your daily life. If you find yourself lacking in the expression of these enlightened qualities, make a plan to work on them. for example, make an effort to stay mindful of one quality over the next month and look for ways to enhance it. you will find many opportunities. over time you can become habituated to remaining mindful and increasing the practice of each quality. you will find your daily practice improving greatly. Contemplate This Past Month’s Spiritual Practice in Terms of Anger It is very important to similarly contemplate your recent expres- sions of anger and resentment. these are the hardest to purify. Compare your expressions of anger and resentment in the past to how you feel currently. as a general trend, is it becoming easier to let go of them and generate compassion? If not, how will you work on this? again, focus on anger or resentment by remaining mindful as these emotions arise. Work with any methods you have been given to cut through afflictive emotions. If this is difficult for you, ask your spiritual friend for advice. Contemplate This Past Month’s Spiritual Practice in Terms of the View If you have received instructions from your teacher on abiding in the view, or the nature of mind, assess your progress dur- ing the past month. Were you able to remember to abide in the view one hundred times a day? twenty-one times a day? three times? have you increased the number of times you remembered to practice? has it become easier? If not, how will you improve your practice? Contemplate the Importance of Mastering the Mind your mind must deal with every experience. think about how attaining mastery over the mind will enable you to lose any fear of death. Come to the certainty that you must master your mind in order to die with confidence. Contemplate the Death of a Pet or Animal You Love Imagine that an animal you love very much is ill and close to dying. or, considering what is happening in our world today, think that the last of an entire species you love is about to die. recognize that animals have no way to take care of themselves spiritually or mentally in this situation. It is not that they do not want to; they are simply incapable of doing so. With com- passion for their suffering, also reflect on your good fortune in being born as a human being who can take care of yourself emotionally and spiritually at the time of death. Contemplate the Death of a Person You Love you may have already experienced the death of someone you were close to. Perhaps they did not have all the spiritual sup- port they needed to die without fear or regret. If so, recall the experience of their death and again reflect on the good fortune that you are able to prepare well for your own death. If you www.MyHeavenlyBuddha.com Beautiful Art Objects: Wall plaques. Head statues, Framed mirrors with doors, Money boxes, Card boxes. Inquire 661-257-2892 ➤ continued from page 33