Awakening Your True Self 自性的喚醒
The word “Buddha” means “Awakened”, awaking your true self is awaking your innate Buddha nature, it is the ultimate intend of the Buddha’s teachings. While there are thousand ways of buddhist practice, all are working toward the complete awaking of the true self, the Buddha nature exist within each of us, that is attaining Enlightenment.
How many times have you gone to the store to buy something, only to come out with some other things that you didn’t intend to buy? worse yet, you forget to buy the something you went to the store for in the first place. Or when you were driving to a certain place, you missed the turn, or passed your destination all together? All due to mindless.
The practice of awaking your true self, is mindful of each and every single activities of the body, speech and mind, that is what we do, what we say, and what our thoughts look like. We carefully observe every single detail of all our daily life’s activities, from the moment we wake up to the moment you get back in the bed , and before we go to sleep, the whole complete day is ongoing practice.
When you wake up in the morning, when you first open your eyes, before getting out of the bed, you are mindful of seeing whatever you eye’s make contact with, knowing what you see, this is seeing with your mind, not from your eye senses— the eye aggregate.
knowing your body still in the bed, mindful of you putting the blanket away, your feet touch the floor, mindful of walking toward bathroom, picking up the tooth brush etc. being mindful of every detail throughout the day.
When you are walking, you are aware and mindful of each step you take… right foot up and down..left foot left and down…touching the floor…This is mindful of your body.
Mindful of your interacting with people and things, when you are talking with people, you observe the mind process, being aware of each wards coming out from your mouth, you are talking from your mind, and not from you heart and through your physical aggregate—the mouth. This is mindful of your speech.
When you drink a cup of coffee, you are mindful that your hand reach to the cup, picking up the cup, feel the warmth in hand, drinking the coffee, mindful of the taste of coffee ….you observe every detail…This is mindful of taste.
Throughout the day, your mind never leave, never apart from your actions, your speech and thoughts, you are truly living in the “here-and-now”. This is true practice.
It’s not easy at first, because our human nature, the mind has tendency to wonder off, scattered and fragmentary, although there are slightest space of thoughtless in between, it is so short that we usually neglect it, that is due to our mindless.
With diligent practice, your mindfulness time between (contamination thoughts) will extend, your innate wisdom will be gradually developed, and the quality of your life will Simultaneously be enhanced.
You will notice that you have become happier and happier, because of your pure seeing, pure mindful of all things, you will have the ability to eliminate contaminated energies that come to your way, and capture all the pure positive energies into your mind, eventually, you would be able to be joyful anywhere and anytime. At this time your life will be transformed from suffering to true happiness. This is the power of Dharma.