Mindful Service

by Peter Carlson on April 12, 2012

This discussion explores the development of service in Buddhism from the time of Anathapindika, who organized the first Buddhist monastery, through the Bodhisattva Ideal, to present opportunities for service.  Three points were discussed: the importance of regular meditation practice and the cultivation of samadhi; the supporting of and support from the Sangha; and matching our personal skills and experience with appropriate opportunities to provide service for others.  We also emphasized that service can include being a cheerful, unintrusive presence as well as volunteering to sit with a dying person.

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