To answer this question we need to understand our intentions and where they are leading us.
In Joyful Path of Good Fortune Geshe Kelsang Gyatso gives the following story. On one occasion Ashvagosha and Aryadeva were about to have a debate. Ashvagosha was standing on the threshold of a room with one foot inside and one foot outside. To test Aryadeva’s wisdom he said “Am I going out or coming in?” Aryadeva replied “That depends upon your intention. if you want to go out, you will go out. If you want to come in, you will come in.” Ashvagosha could think of nothing to say to this because what Aryadeva said was perfectly correct. If we desire good things we shall perform virtuous actions and if we develop harmful things, we shall perform harmful actions.
Geshe Kelsang later explains that amongst the most valuable advice we can receive is to develop a good intention and to maintain it at all times.
Just by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we shall experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind and many of our usual problems will fall away.
The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid. Continue reading
We have to ask ourself what is the most meaningful way to use our life. What will make us truly happy? What will benefit others most? And when this life is over, what will help us then?
In Living Meaningfully Dying Joyfully Geshe Kelsang Gyatso challenges us, saying that since we have so much freedom in our lives we should ask ourself these questions.Continue reading
We can answer this by understanding what is meditation?
Meditation is a mind that concentrates on a virtuous object, and that is the main cause of mental peace.
The practice of meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue; the more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful, we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.Continue reading