วันพฤหัสบดีที่ 27 สิงหาคม พ.ศ. 2552


Those who speak much
are not necessarily possessed of wisdom.
The wise can be seen to be at peace with life
and free from all enmity and fear.

Dhammapada verse 258

How do we get wise? Perhaps trying to get wise is not the best
approach. Consider how struggling to become peaceful often stirs
things up while simply allowing the activity of heart and mind to
cease naturally calms things down. When we are looking for something
we’ve lost, we don’t always look in the most obvious places. We might
start there but then we need to be creative. Wisdom is not discovered
by following habits of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. The
Teachings tell us that when pain and disappointment come to us we can
learn to meet them with a quality of willingness and awareness that
leads to understanding. The same with happiness and delight; we can be
refreshed and renewed by our experience without becoming lost in it.
Enmity and fear are not necessarily obstacles. They can also be our
teachers pointing to a more spacious and wise way of living.

Bhikkhu Munindo