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well good was an extraordinary flexible

teacher and he understood therefore that

the people have different situations

different home situations whether people

families or people jobs or in fact

full-time religious practitioners such

as monks and nuns so the way in which

one follows the Buddhist teachings

routine one makes out of that would

differ according to one's circumstances

also according to one's knowledge of

Buddhism how much one has been able to

study in one's life and how many

teachings mother's received so one

cannot specify one particular routine or

particular amount of studying practice

but I think there is some kind of

guidelines nevertheless one thing is

that if we are noted to if we want to

really soften our heart as we need to

doing Diamond so that it baby it's a

place where compassion level compassion

can grow and if we want to transform our

perception of the world as we do then we

need to develop a kind of regular

relationship with with spiritual

practice with with Dharma practice it

can't be something this hit-and-miss

this every now and then because habits

are self-centeredness and self-cleaning

I extremely tenacious after all we

police think they've been there since

beginningless time so it needs a great

effort to undo the knots of

self-centeredness and self clinging and

their face another effort that must be

persistent one great masters are

commanded I said in terms of how do we

become learners he said just as a great

picture of water becomes full by

successive drops so by learning the

verse so to speak every day we will

eventually

it would not have to make that

particular to literally but the sense is

this the regular daily practice our

study even if it's not a great deal

initially in terms of time is extremely

powerful and will really help us talk

about properly on the path so that we'll

start to see that softening of our

self-centeredness and that opening of

our heart actually occurring in life if

we make regular practice

so what I'd say he said once you think

of setting aside some time every day for

regular meditation practice the

cultivation of attentiveness of

awareness however we've been told by a

master and also in parallel that

entanglement at a little time for

studying the teachings that we do

receive the teachings are like the the

map book the practice of meditation is

like the actual travel Macbook informs

the travel without the map of however

their thoughts is we will get lost from

the experience of traffic passing

meditation we look to the teachings

again for for further understanding so

it's a kind of feedback relationship

between practice and study and therefore

we should try to dedicate some time

every day possible to both of those

exercises so for the beginner it's often

said practice meditation frequently

within short sessions because for

beginners is quite easy for the mind to

become tired and strained if one

attempts to set walls in meditation or

to study too long so keep it keep the

practice short so that you you have your

mind is fresh and not stranger

right in the in the practice and again

also with the study rather than trying

to study massive amounts one better to

study a little bit every everyday of

course as one becomes more experienced

in Dharma and also one's life situation

may change one can dedicate much more

time finally one can even go into

retreats when one is practicing many

many hours of practice a day but in

everyday life in ordinary life this the

essential accent in terms of routine

must be make it regular and then I'd say

another thing just setting aside time

for daily practices study though

excellent isn't still quite enough

because what about all that time between

sessions of further practice whether we

do one session or two sessions a day

because the mind is there all the time

and it's training the mind which is what

we're engaged in Dharma but if we let

the mind run away in between sessions

leather habits ourselves so

self-centeredness and self mainly of

distraction of grasping prejudice

negativity that does come back steaming

back into our lives

the moment we get up from a meditation

cushion we're not really making any

progress

so what's necessary that is the habit of

recollection but bringing our mind back

through the present moment in whichever

way we can throughout the day

for instance in between every discrete

activity whether it's in work or time

pause bring the mind back to the present

moment to the attempt to this moment so

that we are in a way making a connection

with the thread of practice that we

started off in our formal meditation

session so that mindfulness of

recollecting us between sessions is also

vital part of the Buddhist routine so -

so summarize it if we really want to

travel the path

effectively we need to set aside a

little time every day for meditation or

study that may lengthen as we become

more experienced but alongside it was

absolutely vital is this habit of

recollecting us