discipline

discipline

Nagarjuna said, tsultrim or the discipline is like the fertile ground where you can actual do things. It will bear fruit when you have a fertile ground. You can’t plant a potato on a naked table. But if you have a fertile ground you have a hope. I mean much more than a hope, you can do it, and it is more likely, much more likely it will happen. So discipline is very necessary. The moment the word discipline is uttered, it is a very scary thing, the discipline is a very scary. Oh my god what is he going to tell us? Is he going to tell us to become monk. Refrain from, I don’t know, chicken. Refrain from, drinking boiled water or something like that? Discipline is not always something nice to hear but it’s kind of unfortunate because actually the Buddhist word discipline, in Sanskrit I think it is sometimes called shila which also has the connotation of cooling. It is actually quite pleasant. Discipline is crucial. I will tell you something. The modern day people have on big problem. Depression. So many people have depression problem. We have everything now. Everything we have. Still people have depression problem. I come to a conclusion. Actually most of our depression comes from lack of discipline. And I am not even talking about discipline of something religious discipline. Some kind of, even a mundane discipline will do. Like everyday between certain hour like between 7.30 and 7.35 I will tidy up my room. And you do it every day. Such discipline will actually give you less depression. Because right now, most of the depression comes because you are free to do everything what you like. And this is ?? how to begins actually, how to do things. Discipline is necessary.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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