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Hearing, contemplating, practicing

From: Summer
Sent on: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 9:09 PM
Hi all,

What is mental peace?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was asked what is mental peace and his reply was: "If you reduce anger and attachment, you reach a point when your mind always remains calm or stable. It is as simple as that. Strong anger and attachment create waves in your mind. People may not realize when they yield to desire or develop attachment that it will cause them mental unrest. But actually, when a strong desire or attachment occurs, during that moment mental peace is lost. To reduce attachment, especially anger or hatred, leads to mental calmness. This is what we call mental peace".

He furthermore said this is accomplished through reasoning.

Join us as we listen to, discuss and contemplate the logic presented in looking at our disturbing emotions (afflictive states of mind) and how they directly affect our happiness or lack of happiness in our lives. We will also learn how to apply antidotes to counteract our strong habitual patterns and why. This leads to the crucial importance of studying and understanding the infallible law of cause and effect and how our actions will always shape our past, present and future experiences.

All beings want happiness and to avoid unsatisfactory states of mind. Each one of us shares this in common. It's just that we haven't learned how to really achieve the means to accomplish this. All possibilities and solutions reside in the mind. The good news is everything is always changing and so can we! With understanding and thinking about the material presented, we will be able to learn new ways of changing old habits and imprints, reducing our old way of reacting to situations which will lead to a more peaceful state of mind.

Look forward to meeting new friends Thursday night.

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