martinfrank wrote:Daily vs weekly... Nobody ever meditated tomorrow!
The rotary engine of Buddhist progress is sila-samadhi-pañña or morality-meditation-wisdom. Meditation without morality is an uphill battle. Morality is much easier acquired with the help of meditation. Wisdom grows best from morality and meditation. If we cannot sit and meditate, we can work on morality and understanding.
Don't we generally overrate meditation and underrate morality? And wouldn't understanding Dependent Origination give meditation a power boost?
I agree that morality and meditation work together, neither to be underrated:
"We have to be strong in fighting off defilements, cravings, and illusions of every sort. We have to test our strength against them and bring them under our power. If we can bring them under our power, we can ride on their backs. If we can't, they'll have to ride on our backs, making us do their work, pulling us around by the nose, making us want, wearing us out in all sorts of ways." (Breath Meditation Condensed by Upasika Kee Nanayon translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... ensed.html
More from Kee/Thanissaro (this quote from Pure and Simple):
"§ When we practice we're like diamond cutters. Our diamond — the mind — is embedded in dense, dark defilements. We have to use mindfulness and discernment — or virtue, concentration, and discernment — as our cutting tools to make the mind pure in all its thoughts, words, and deeds. Then we train the mind to grow still and to contemplate so as to give rise to clear knowledge all the way to the point where you meet with what's totally pure and free from defilements and mental fermentations: our "Miss Emptiness" who is so extremely beautiful, free from change, whom the King of Death can't see." (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... imple.html