The Dhammapada                                                       

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.”


MP 3-24-11

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The Dhammapada Class # 6 19 Mar 2011

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