June 3rd, 2010

Meditation: Dhammapada (3) - Mind


Dhammapada (3) - Mind

"Your worst enemy cannot harm you
As much as your own thoughts, unguarded.
But once mastered,
No one can help you as much,
Not even your father or your mother."

An unguarded thought can ruin my day.
A good thought can make my day.

But what thoughts are good, guarded.
What thoughts do i allow past the sentry of my Buddha-mind.
Helpful thoughts, useful thoughts.
Nice thoughts, pleasant thoughts.
Thoughts wishing well to all "sentient beings."

I have no nice thoughts about BP;
But BP is not a sentient being.
BP is not a person, however much corporate law may say otherwise.
What BP does must be done by human beings.
So what thoughts should i have about those human beings.
They are precious, as i am precious;
They make mistakes, as i make mistakes;
They need love, as i need love;
They need forgiveness, as I need forgiveness.

Does my Buddha-mind allow dark, unguarded thoughts about nonsentient things?
If i wish for the destruction of BP, am i wishing the destruction of something real?
Does BP provide right livelihood for anyone?
I don't know the answer to these and many other questions.

Maybe this should be my guide:
"if you can't think something nice about a thing, don't think about it at all."
But doesn't that sound a little whimpy, maybe even irresponsible?

I guess I need to sharpen my watching and guarding skills.

Love, peace, and joy to everybody (and every thing?)