Dhammapada reflections—Silence— Ajahn Munindo
In these blogs I’d like to explore where the Buddha’s Verses , and the monks comments explain and enrich the ZYCLING Precepts .
Silence does not denote profundity
If you are ignorant and untrained.
Like one holding scales,
a sage weighs things up,
wholesome and unwholesome,
and comes to know
both the inner and outer worlds.
Therefore the sage is called wise.
The Buddha spoke of the contentment and benefit that can come from living in quiet and beautiful places. Limiting sense stimuli can assist us on our path to freedom from ignorance. However he didn’t mean for us to the take a position against the sensory world. Ajahn Chah often said ” if you can’t practice in the city, you can’t practice in the forest”. And he’d also say: ” if you can’t practice when you are sick, you can’t practice when you are healthy”. In other words, everything is practice; including the feeling that we can’t practice with ‘this’. It is wisdom that recognises this truth.
So what’s this got to do with cycling. Well do you go out when it’s raining? Or decide that the trip to the Zendo to sit in silence can wait for another day! It’s all grist to the mill , as some enlightened Miller once said , sorry I had to grind that out.