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I led a retreat in Toowoomba this weekend just past and I based it on a sutta called ‘Present Welfare, Future Welfare’.
The photo above is of sunrise at the tranquil Catholic seminary where it was held.
One of my ‘take-aways’ from this time was seeing that in this text which I have grown to love where The Buddha gives four principles for our welfare in this present life I have been misquoting him and therefore misunderstanding him. I have been saying his first principle was ‘work hard’ but in fact he says ‘make persistent effort’ and there’s a real difference between the two I think …..
I think this applies to all skilful endeavour we make and definitely to meditation: don’t strain to do more than we can comfortably manage but ………… be persistent and even within a single practice session keep this principal alive ….
Hope you can meditate with us this week:
Thursday 7 - 8.30 pm
Sunday 8 - 9 am
Padmadakini and Dharmalata