Transformation Of Our Minds

The Dalai Lama gave an interview with Tricycle magazine in the fall of 2001 called Ethics for a Secular Millennium. I received these words of wisdom as part of the Tricycle Daily Dharma for August 19, 2013.

His Holiness tells us that we need to proceed on the spiritual path of transformation of our minds in a step-by-step manner.

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama in Hunsar, India
Photo – Tenzin Taklha

Training involves not just one single method but many methods. It’s like building a huge airplane. It takes so many pieces that all have to fit together to make it work. In the same way the transformation of our minds — or setting the right kind of mental attitude — takes time.

– The Dalai Lama
Ethics for a Secular Millennium

The idea of secular ethics has also been addressed by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Around 2010, he founded the European Institute of Applied Buddhism (EIAB).

The EIAB is a non-profit organization and was founded by the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, peace and human rights activist, to bring peace, harmony and stability to individuals, families, our society and the world through the non-denominational practice of Buddhist meditation and mindfulness in everyday life.

The key phrase here is “non-denominational.” This is being achieved in other venues as well and has been going on perhaps since the founding of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn around 1979.

What transformations of your mind are you working? Do you have a daily practice? What do you do to take care of yourself? Please share.

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