Friday, July 20, 2012

Precepts and Meditation

Precepts and Meditation
Georgia Dhammakaya Meditation Center

Wednesday Meditation Class July 16, 2012

Meditation members are often reminded of the three ways to cultivate merit through meditation, generosity, and keeping the precepts. Merit is positive energy and is the product of good deeds. These three forms of practice help with your progression in meditation. If one truly wants to progress in meditation you must align your body, speech, and mind towards that goal. Meditation combats delusion and through meditation wisdom develops. Generosity combats greed which teaches one to let go. Upholding the precepts of moral conducts; are ideal rules of training which we try to train ourselves until we can keep them perfectly. As lay people the basic precepts consists of 5, which are to refrain from taking the life of another, refrain from taking that which is not given, refrain from sexual misconduct, refrain from false and harmful speech, and refrain from consuming intoxicating drink and drugs which lead to carelessness. Part of the rules of training is to increase your level of awareness in the things we say and do. Precepts are the things that we say and do, once it is internalize and practiced mindfully the effect runs deep and slowly becomes habit; thus you will start to change how you see and think of the world, which changes the quality of your mind. It is actually purifying the quality of your mind directly. Join us every Wednesday at the Georgia Meditation Center where we come together once a week to meditate; and on Sunday for Sunday Service where we come together to meditate, take a vow to uphold the 5 precepts, and perform act of generosity by alms giving to our Monks which uphold 227 precepts, please visit our webpage for more detial. *Please note this has been a summary of Venerable Nicholas Dhamma talk of the Dhammakaya International Foundation. I hope that you will find wisdom in his teaching and practice purifying your body, speech, and mind to further accumulate virtues in this lifetime, which is why we are here on this earth. When you truly see this you will want to spread inner happiness to all and that is why we are so fortunate to be connected to a powerhouse of peace and virtue, the Dhammakaya foundation, note there are several programs for all to come and learn about meditation and help to spread it throughout the world.

If you missed class this past Wednesday please be sure to watch this video of Venerable Nicholas on the different ways of accumulating merit  click on this link to view the dhamma talk

Let's try to dedicate to meditate everyday and continue to pursue perfections!


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