Sunday, January 13, 2008

Daily Dharma: Balanced and Complete

Today's Daily Dharma from Tricycle:

Balanced and Complete

While we may concentrate on one particular aspect of the path at a time, it is important to have an overall balance between the different aspects. Meditation should progress hand in hand with study, without either one being neglected. Having cleared away doubts intellectually, we should integrate our understanding with the experience of meditation. In this way our practice will be balanced and complete.

- The Dalai Lama, A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night; from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book.

I would add to this the need to maintain a healthy body and to engage in a socially aware Buddhist practice. To live a truly integral Buddhism, we need to practice physical health, meditation and study, and social involvement, including political activities.

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