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Daily Connect: 10 Lessons from Dipa Ma

 

 

1. Choose one meditation practice and stick with it. If you want to progress in meditation stay with one technique.

2. Meditate every day. Practice now. Don't think you will do more later.

3. Any situation is workable. Each of us has enormous power. It can be used to help ourselves and help others.

4. Practice patience. Patience is one of the most important virtues for developing mindfulness and concentration.

5. Free your mind. Your mind is all stories.

6. Cool the fire of emotions. Anger is a fire.

7. Have fun along the way. I am quite happy. If you come to meditate you will also be happy.

8. Simplify. Live simply. A very simple life is good for every thing. Too much luxury is a hindrance to practice.

9. Cultivate the spirit of blessing. If you bless those around you this will inspire you to be attentive in every moment.

10. It's a circular journey. Meditation integrates the whole person.

 
Dipa Ma was a great lay mediation master and teacher of many western Buddhists such as Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg.  She didn't begin meditating until she was more than 40 years old, to help her with the grief she experienced after the death of her husband and two of her children. Dipa Ma inspired many, especially as she didn't separate "meditation" and "life"; to her all of her experience was meditation.  She said, “The whole path of mindfulness is this: whatever you are doing, be aware of it.”  Sharon Salzberg described Dipa Ma as follows:  
 
 
 
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Comments

Thanks Kim!

For telling me about Dipa Ma... I've always heard great things about her. These 10 points are pithy, huh?

 

Thanks again,

Seth

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