Daily Reading ~ April 20

Hoa Vo Uu (Buddha Dharma Education Association)
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika

The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom

One may not be skilled in the habbit of other’s thoughts but at least one can make this resolve: “I will be skilled in the habit of my own thougths.” This is how you should train yourself, and this is how it is done. A woman, a man or a youth fond of self-adornment, examining his reflection in a bright, clear mirror or a bowl of clear water migth see a blemish or pimple and try to remove it. And when he no longer sees it there, he is pleased and sastisfied and thinks: “It is an advantage to be clean.”

In the same ways, one’s introspection is most fruitful in good states when one thinks: “Am I usually greedy or hateful, overcome by slot and torpor, with excited mind or filled with doubt or anger, or am I not? Do I ussually live with soiled thoughts, or clean thoughts? With body passionate or not, slughish or full of energy, uncontrolled or well controlled?”

If on self-examination one finds that he does live with these evil unprofitable states, then he must put forth extra desire, effort, endeavor, exertion, energy, awareness and attention to abandon them.

And if on self-examination he finds that he does not live with the evil unprofitable states, then he should make an effort to establish those profitable states and further destroy the defilements