Guarding Our Minds From Wild Elephants

Ron Hogen Green, Sensei 

Zen Center of New York City, 02/15/2020

Shantideva taught about guarding our minds as you would tame a wild elephant, using “the rope of mindfulness” to hold the elephant on all sides. Thinking we can control outcomes, on the other hand, says Hogen Sensei, generally leads to trouble for ourselves and others. Awakening to the disasters we cause can be humbling, but may also awaken the “guardians of mind,” which allow mindful activity and non-harming to thrive.

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