MF 034 - The Benefits of Self-Discipline in a Meditation Practice

The Challenge of a Daily Meditation Practice/Discipline


Like a beautiful flower full of color but without fragrance, even so, fruitless are the fair words of one who does not practice them. Dhammapada


With sustained effort and sincerity discipline and self-control the wise become like islands which no flood can overwhelm Dhammapada requires commitment, consistency, patience, courage, determination, and enthusiasm.


When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron understands sila/discipline to be a "process that supports us in going against the grain of our painful habitual patterns." She notes that:

Discipline provides the support to slow down enough and be present enough so that we can live our lives without making a big mess. It provides the encouragement to step further into groundlessness.


What we discipline is not our "badness" or our "wrongness." What we discipline is any form of potential escape from reality. In other words, discipline allows us to be right here and connect with the richness of the moment. What makes this discipline free from severity is prajna.

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