Dharma Talk: Abandon the Unskillful and Cultivate the Good (Part 1)
A central teaching of the Buddha on the practices that lead to freedom of the heart was to ‘abandon what is unskillful’—let go of mind states, emotions and actions that lead to suffering—and to ‘cultivate the good’—develop and deepen qualities that bring true happiness and inner peace. When we sit down to meditate we practice mindfulness—being with what is—but we are also cultivating a number of other beneficial qualities of heart and mind—concentration, kindness, skillful effort, investigation, wise understanding and intention, tranquility, and equanimity—that lead us to freedom of the heart.
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