Friday, July 21, 2006

The Mind

The Power of the Trained Mind

All dhammas are preceded by the mind, superceded by the mind, made by the mind. When one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Ajaan reminds of the Lord Buddha's words above, as we join with the Sangha of Chiang Mai in sending our minds out to bring happiness to the king of Thailand who is to undergo surgery during this period. Ajaan says, "electricity has power - people abroad are able to pick up a phone and call someone in another country, through the power of the electric current. The current of the mind has even greater power." On occassions like this, as we sit together with our minds as one, there is no doubt in our hearts that he is right.