On Saturday 16 November, more than 120 meditators gathered at Nalanda Centre to attend the 1-day meditation retreat conducted by Venerable Sayalay Dipankara. Sayalay started by advising us that when we train our minds to be wholesome, our thoughts, action and speech will be harmless to ourselves and others.
To train our minds, we can cultivate and practice loving-kindness (mettā) every moment of the day. Just as rain falls from the top of one’s head and flows to the body, we should also let mettā start from our mind and then to our whole body. When we feel relaxed and at peace, we can then radiate mettā to other beings.
Sayalay guided meditators through the transition from mettā meditation to mindfulness of breathing, as well as how to gain calmness and concentration by focusing on the breath. We must keep watch of wandering thoughts and let them pass instead of attaching to them. We extend our gratitude to Sayalay Dipankara for her compassion in teaching us. We wish Sayalay good health, peace and happiness.