Coogee Buddhist Group

A Garden of Impressions

On Tue, 28 March, 2017 - 00:42
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Dhammalata

In Men’s study at the Sydney Buddhist Centre we’re exploring a book titled ‘Finding the Mind’ by one of our order members by the name of Ratnaprabha.


He takes up the central quest of Buddhism to know and understand the mind. Mind is seen as key if we are to have a happy and fulfilling life. In fact the seminal and very early text ‘The Dhammapada’ starts by saying that every experience we have of life is determined by the state of our mind. A pure mind leads to happiness and an impure mind to misery.


In the chapter we looked at last night Ratnaprabha elucidated the idea that every act of body, speech and mind is a seed sown in our mind so one could think of the mind we are creating as a ‘garden of impressions’. Out of this garden emerges our sense of self. In a well cultivated garden plants grow that connect us to both ourself and others in a very beautiful and creative way. In a poorly cultivated garden plants emerge that choke and smother this same opportunity. 


The state of our mind matters very much


Meditation is perhaps the singularly most potent way to become a proficient gardener of the mind


Hope you can join us


Thursday   7 - 8.30 pm


Sunday      8 - 9 am


Much metta
Dharmalata and on behalf of Padmadakini

 

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