The Hunger of the Mind
"The human world is not an easy place to live in. That's because we're
all feeding. And it's not just physical food. We feed off emotional food, relationships,
power, status, wealth. In fact, the hunger of the body is almost nothing compared to the hunger of the mind.
As the Buddha once said, even if it rained gold coins we'd never have enough for our
sensual desires: the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile sensations we'd like to feed off of.
And with each person's mind being so hungry, it's inevitable there's
going to be a lot of conflict as our unlimited desires meet up with the
limited source of food. The Buddha's image of the world was of a puddle
of water that was shrinking, and there were fish fighting over the last
bit of water, pushing one another out of the way for that last gulp of
water before it all dries up.
So what do you do? You've got the choice: You can just continue
feeding, feeding, feeding, or you can step back and look at your hunger.
This is one of the purposes of meditation: to give you a place to step
back, to give you better food - food that comes from inside, rather than
from outside. Food that you don't have to fight off anybody or you
don't have to go harming anyone else to get."
Homage to the Buddha
Thus indeed, is that Blessed One: He is the Holy One, fully enlightened, endowed with clear vision and virtuous conduct, sublime, the Knower of the worlds, the incomparable leader of men to be tamed, the teacher of gods and men, enlightened and blessed.
Homage to the Teachings
The Dhamma of the Blessed One is perfectly expounded; to be seen here and now; not delayed in
time; inviting one to come and see; onward leading (to Nibbana); to be known by the wise, each for himself.