Thursday, September 20, 2007

Daily Dharma: True Self-Respect

Today's Daily Dharma from Tricycle:

True Self-Respect

It will be a wholesome practice to remind oneself often of the fact that one's deeds, words, and thoughts first of all act upon and alter one's own mind. Reflecting thus will give a strong impetus to true self-respect which is preserved by protecting oneself against everything mean and evil. To do so will also open a new, practical understanding of a profound saying of the Buddha:

In this fathom-long body with its perceptions and thoughts there is the world, the origin of the world, the ending of the world and the path to the ending of the world. [Anguttara Nikaya, 4: 451]

~ Nyanaponika Thera, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation; from Everyday Mind, a Tricycle book edited by Jean Smith.

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