Getting The Balance Right

There are now a great deal of books available on Buddhism. In Tibetan Buddhism it can be difficult to know where to go to next.

I had the good karma to complete the Foundation of Buddhist Thought and Lamrim Chenmo correspondence courses. They are both run from Jamyang Centre in London and by Geshe Tashi Tsering, although he would describe himself as “just a facilitator”. I listened to some of the teachings this evening. His style is so warm and humorous that I thought of going through the teachings again.

Having said that, I am wary of giving myself too much to absorb. There is a careful balance to be struck between absorbing new information through books and teachings, the type of reflection that might occur any time during the day, and in formal seated meditation.

For my formal meditation I have my regular practices that I do, and I do not want to add to them at this time. I think that I might occasionally recite from the Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life by Shantideva on special occasions, like on Saka Dawa.

However, it’s good to mix things up and keep the practice fresh. So maybe I will include some of the DVDs of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that I have, and watch them as a treat. Whereas normally I will stick to the Mind Training text and teachings that are available to me.

There, that sounds like I have enough happening with my practice for now!!
Foundation of Buddhist Thought
An FPMT Correspondence Course in Buddhist Studies