23 January 2012

Contemplation: All Tasks Well Performed

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:

When something has been planned and started on,
Attention should not drift to other things.
With thoughts fixed on the chosen target,
That and that alone should be pursued.

Behaving in this way, all tasks are well performed,
And nothing is achieved by doing otherwise.
Afflictions, the reverse of vigilance,
Can never multiply if this is how you act.
Santideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva, p. 68

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