One of the journals I opened was from my 7 week trip to India in 1998. I had stayed in a little town called Mcleod Ganj where the Dalai Lama has a residence. Mcleod Ganj is a magical little village in the Himalayas where I did rooftop yoga sessions most mornings, hiking and exploring in the afternoons, and also attended a series of Buddhist Philosophy talks that some monks were doing at the Dalai Lama’s residence. The Dalai Lama himself was away that time, but I sat in the room of his residence pictured above with a mix of foreigners, monks, and locals, and listened and took notes that I’d like to share with you now.
The main idea of the talks was that the mind is the root of all. It takes work to control your mind and to discipline it. Your mind is like a wild animal that needs to be tamed.
What disturbs our mind are disturbing emotions, and when that happens there is a snowball effect that affects other people. It is so important to behave well, and refrain from negative actions and words in order to keep a positive life That is why we have laws in society. Past Tibetan masters said “When with many people, take care about what you say and do. When alone, take care with your mind.”
If you make an effort to be more loving and kindhearted, your present life will become happier, better, and will benefit society as a whole. You will become a valuable member of your society.
Of course it’s not easy but you need to put in an effort to change your habits and to control your thoughts. Many people want to do something good or of value, but how many are really prepared to put in the energy and hard work to see results?
Results toward becoming a better person require commitment, put into constructive practice in every day life.
Listening to the monks talk, was inspiring to say the least. And thank goodness I took notes because reading them today brought me back to that feeling of wanting to be the best person I can be and to really pay attention to my mind. As a busy mother, I sometimes forget these little things that can make such a big impact like simply taking the time to think with purpose. But when they are put in front of you in your own handwriting, they are a refreshing reminder of what matters in the big picture of life.
Be kind. Treat others well. Control your mind in order to be happy.