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Just be mindful – it’s the most loving thing!

March 10, 2010

This simple and striking message from revered Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Jotika was posted up on Little Bangkok Sangha blog recently:

Whatever it is we have – we got it from the community we are living in, we got it from the world.

If we want more good things from the community we must try our best to make the community better.

Help people live a better life and we will live in a better community.

Help people practice mindfulness, then, they will become a better person.

We will have better friends.

If we want the best, we should also give the best.

By practicing mindfulness, we develop our spiritual qualities.

We become more patient, more loving, more caring.

We don’t do anything harmful to ourselves and to others.

In short, we become a better person.

By becoming a better person we have done much for our community.

It is our best contribution.

Just by being peaceful we have contributed much for the world.

I want to live a long life.

Why?

Because, I can do much good for myself and for others too.

If you love yourself, be mindful. That is the most loving thing.

Be mindful of your thoughts and feelings.

By knowing yourself better you become a better person.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2010 4:34 am

    Sayadaw U Jotika is one of the most striking Burmese teachers around today – in fact his manner and teaching is very similar to Ven. Thith Nhat Hanh. He emphasizes mindfulness as the key practice.
    Other posts by him, including an mp3 of one of his all too rare talks in Bangkok :
    http://littlebang.org/category/sayadaw-u-jotika/

  2. March 10, 2010 5:23 am

    This teaching of Sayadaw U Jotika reminds us to be mindful for ourselves, for our community, for all sentient beings. Thank you so much Pandit for the posting.

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