Dhamma in Daily Life
An Excerpt from a Dhamma Talk Given by Sayadaw U Pandita
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During the 2009 Retreat at Tathagata Meditation Center
In daily life one has to give priority to one’s job and worldly matters at certain hours. And also in daily life there should be a certain part of the day where one gives priority to
practicing dhamma. When worldly matters take priority you should work diligently, and at the same time try to be as mindful as possible.
Even though you may not be developing vipassana
knowledge when working at your job, mindfulness in daily life and having a general knowledge of what you are doing can support your practice. If you keep general mindfulness as much as you can, the
defilements will not have as great a momentum than if you were not mindful at all.
One should take advantage of this rare opportunity to practice while it is available (and while one is young and healthy)
Giving priority to worldly matters one can earn an income that can keep one in a higher status in the worldly sense. But earning income in worldly business is not significant compared
to dhamma business.
Coming across the Buddha’s teaching, it is very important to be worthy of becoming a human in this Buddha sasana. It is very important to be a true
human, to have a humane mind, and to become an extra-ordinary human. One should take advantage of this rare opportunity to practice while it is available (and while one is young and healthy).
If you are giving priority to worldly matters only, maybe you are earning more or have a good standard of life, in worldly terms. But in order to practice during a retreat you need to give up
worldly matters. In order to gain the dhamma profit that has more guarantee, you have to give up worldly concerns when you go on retreat