In the previous talk, Jagaro discussed Moods, Attitudes, Approaches and Morality and how through living morally our life gradually shifts from being influenced by our moods and attitudes to living a more peaceful life.
In this audio, Jagaro discusses in more detail how we can often, incorrectly, perceive moral practices as some form of negative self-restraint (that we don’t like) and how this purposeful restraint actually improves our lives and cultivates a deeper sense of calm. Like a candle that has impurities in the wax, it simply won’t burn well. We have to take out the impurities for it to burn nice and bright. Our meditation practice is the same.
Examining the sense consciousness we notice them constantly reacting; grasping and desiring after or averting away from what is perceived. Through moral practice, and the application of the 5 precepts, we come to see how this practice helps bring us back to a true sense of balance and reduces this unhealthy influence of the sense consciousness in our lives. This cultivates greater clarity about life and thus wisdom.
1 hour 10 minutes
- 25 minutes teaching
- 25 minutes guided meditation session
- 20 minute group discussion