The Buddha’s Path to Wisdom
March 14, 2011, Class # 6
Steven Emmanuel, Professor of Philosophy, Virginia Wesleyan College, Facilitating
Vigilance, Verses 21 through 27
The following points were brought out in the discussion by the facilitator and class participants:
Vigilance is the work of the mind.
- Vigilance is a never ending activity.
- While practicing the virtue of vigilance, we should not be over zealous in our self evaluations.
- Vigilance is being watchful, curious. It relates to being the gatekeeper of our mind.
- Sometimes, perceiving a topic or verse to be boring may actually be an indicator that the topic or verse needs more in depth study.
- Buddhism is not attached to dogma. It is the practice of doing, growing, and learning.
- Our mind is our source of happiness and our source of suffering.
- Skillful vigilance requires careful thought. Don’t become a tyrant over yourself.
The “island” reference in verse 23 is a reference to equanimity. Equanimity is “mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness.”