On Friday 17 November, Nalanda members and devotees joined the participants of the Jambudvipa-Suvarnabhumi Buddhist Youth Exchange Programme (YEP), for Meditation Night led by Ven. Mettananda. Sharing the importance and benefit of meditation, Ven. Mettananda started by asking how accurate we think our perception of reality is and pointed out that historically, widely believed ‘realities’ have been overturned such as the perception that the world is flat.
The Buddha taught us to train the mind to see things as they are and remove distorted perceptions. We can start by cultivating our morality to do good and be good, as well as towards selflessness to weaken the roots of greed, hatred and delusion. Ven. Mettananda also advised us to hone our mindfulness by observing without adding the intrusion of thought.
As we progressively extend these periods of mindfulness, we will start to see change as a characteristic of all internal and external factors, leading us to experience the truths of impermanence, suffering and non-self. We extend our appreciation to Ven. Mettananda for visiting us at Nalanda and giving us guidance in meditation. May all beings be well and happy.
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