Research shows that meditating benefits everyone around you—whether you’re in the same household or connecting virtually.
Because sensual pleasures, elegant, honeyed, & charming, bewitch the mind with their manifold forms — seeing this drawback in sensual strands — wander alone like a rhinoceros.
“KHAGGAVISANA SUTTA: A RHINOCEROS” (SN 1.3), TRANSLATED FROM THE PALI BY THANISSARO BHIKKHU.ACCESS TO INSIGHT (BCBS EDITION), 30 NOVEMBER 2013,HTTP://WWW.ACCESSTOINSIGHT.ORG/TIPITAKA/KN/SNP/SNP.1.03.THAN.HTML.
“Calamity, tumor, misfortune, disease, an arrow, a danger for me.” Seeing this danger in sensual strands, wander alone like a rhinoceros.
When we think about Buddha, we remember Him as an enlightened being. A teacher of dharma, who taught both men and gods. A disciplined chief monk who lead an exemplary life.
And when we read verses such as those above, we think it is a little bit harsh. Especially if we enjoy frolicking in social parties and attending entertainment venues (gym, theater and cinema). Most of the time, we simply brushed it off by saying, “Ah, that verse…
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