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Self... Selfish... & Selfless...
Written by Ven. Londonaye Dammagawesi Thero   
Sunday, 01 November 2009 00:05
Consider this statement....... read this a couple of times .... 'Self' (I, me, my) is always "Selfish". 'Self' needs to be "Selfless" . For a self to be selfless. it need to let go the selfishness. Most of the time we are unwilling or we are unable to accept another's betterment, another's benefits, another's gain, another’s praise, another’s rewards. We always try to have something that we have done for another’s betterment. It is because of me that they prospered. It is me who gave or showed them the way. It is me who said so. It was mine before. Etcetera. We are unable to another take the limelight or centre stage. We always try to say I told you so, If they only listened to what I said, etcetera.. This is the selfishness within me that make me take part of all of the praise, fame, reward, benefit, gain of another’s well-being. So learn to overcome this by accepting another for all of what they are. Have nothing to do with another’s betterment or their demise. Just have everything to do with your improvement. That is to be selfless.

Learn to accept another unconditionally, to accept their opinion unconditionally, to accept their judgement unconditionally,

Enjoy being. May you have the strength, courage, confidence and effort to lead a eventful wholesome life. May you be happy, healthy, peaceful and content.

Theruwan Saranai,

With much respect and humbleness

Bikku Dhammagawesi
 
Investigate your own stress .... and the consequences
Written by Ven. Londonaye Dammagawesi Thero   
Thursday, 17 September 2009 05:12

If you take some time off from your day to day duties and just begin to ask yourself a few questions:

Do I like my job and do I want to continue?
How am I performing against my assigned objectives & responsibilities?
Am I coping with the expectations set by others?
Are others fulfilling my expectations?
Am I fulfilling my own expectations and maintaining my own standards?
Do others’ actions make me feel good or bad?
Are others obedient, or are they an obstruction to achieving my goals?
Are others as enthusiastic as I am or are they just laid back?
How do others measure my performance?
Are the perceptions of others of my performance fair & just?
Do I feel that I’m victimised & others favoured?
Am I happy with what I’m doing?
Are others happy with what I’m doing?
Who are the people I try to avoid and why do I try to avoid them?
Who are the people I hate and why do I hate them?
Who are the people at work I like that I don’t get to keep company with?
Do I feel that I belong to the team & the company?
Do I feel wanted where I work?
What do I long for at work?

These are some of the issues & experiences where stress is built. This is where the doubt & fear of failure come. This is where the blamelessness & blamefulness are justified; where the revenge & remorsefulness are gathered. This is where regret about the past and the restlessness of the future are articulated. This is where the selfishness & jealousy are built by the mere untold competitiveness & comparativeness that are within us.

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The five Hindrances that we experience with our existence & meditation
Written by Ven. Londonaye Dammagawesi Thero   
Monday, 17 August 2009 13:39

 

When we go about our day to day life, we experience distractions from, or hindrances to, what we are doing.   This is common, and we have developed the habit to adapt ourselves and go along, at times focussed and choosing not to be distracted or hindered, and at others, falling prey to the hindrances.  Let us now see closely what these hindrances are. 

The first class of hindrance stems from the things we choose to make contact with.  We choose to make contact with things associated with sight, sound, smell, taste or texture, or physical feeling of ease or comfort, and the climate.  So, we are distracted by any of these, and fail to be attentive with what we are doing or saying.  Similarly, we are distracted when we meditate. We hear things, smell, taste or feel things, and experience comfort and climate.   We are distracted from our meditation object, and our minds are arrested and diverted.  We tend to follow the experience, formulate a fairytale, fabricate evidence, or try to articulate an experience, etc rather than mindfully experience the concentration objective. 

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