Perhaps the most core of all understandings for Buddhists is that every action has a consequence. Often we don’t make the connection consciously to the consequence but you can be sure there will be one. We believe that every action that is skilful (born out of clarity, kindness and generosity) will have a positive consequence and every unskilful action (born out of confusion, ill will and greed) will have a negative consequence.
Our thoughts too are actions – in fact they are probably the most important ones as they drive every external action – so we need to take responsibility not only for our external actions but even more importantly our internal ones – our thoughts.
This is why a practice like the metta is so important and so beneficial. By gradually transforming our mind to one that habitually operates from a kind and friendly place we will bring immeasurable benefit to both ourselves and others. I can assure you that over time it will make you happier and happier.
So this week we will be doing this very beautiful practice together: reminding and directing ourselves toward a generous, patient and expansive perspective on life and relationships.
We also have our first Dharma Study Breakfast this Sunday 9 – 10.30 am at Gina’s and my house – we will be studying ‘Living With Kindness’ a book written by Sangharakshita (founder of our Buddhist movement) any are welcome to join.
Please email me if you are planning to come (if you haven’t already) so that I know approximately how many to expect / cater for. I will send you the address by return email.
Biggest metta ever
PS: Reminder too that our retreat is scheduled for weekend October 25 – 27th so let me know if you think you can attend that and I’ll add you to the list