Published Tuesday, 16 January 2018
It is always a pleasure
not to have to encounter fools.
It is always good to see noble beings,
and a delight to live with them.
Dhammapada v. 206
We may or may not be blessed with the good fortune of living with noble beings, but we can all make the effort to cultivate noble mind states. Mind states are similar to living beings: when they are wholesome it is a joy to have them; when they are foolish, they can be very hard work indeed. If we establish such qualities as gratitude, forgiveness, kindness and discernment in our minds, we will be able to dwell in delight even when external conditions are difficult.