Daily Reading ~ October 6

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

The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom

When one is walking, he comprehends: “I am walking”, or when he is standing still, he comprehends: “I am standing still”, or when he is sitting down, he comprehends: “I am sitting down”, or when he is lying down, he comprehends: “I am lying down”. So that, however his body is disposed, he comprehends that it is like that.

Again, when he is going or coming, he acts in a clearly conscious way; when he is looking in front or behind, when he has bent or stretched out his arm, when he is carrying his cloak, robe and bowl, he is one who acts in clearly conscious way. When he is eating, drinking, chewing, and tasting, when he is going to the toilet, when he is walking, standing, sitting, asleep or awake, talking or silent, he is one who acts in a clearly conscious way.

While he is in this way – diligent, ardent, self-resolute – those memories and plans that are worldly are got rid of, and so by itself the mind is inwardly settled, calmed, focused, and concentrated. In this way does one develop mindfulness of the body.