Recently, I attended a small gathering with Bhante Sujatha, a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka. He touched on many topics about easing suffering, finding fulfillment in daily life and the work he is engaged in with helping underserved communities around the world. His message and experience is deeply impressive. You can find some of his talks on Youtube and his website. I’ll post links to relevant content in the appendix below. I definitely recommend exploring some of these resources, he has a kind way of talking and a wonderful sense of humor.
One of his key messages was the “Two Minute Challenge”. This was to challenge us to embark on a goal of two minutes of meditation each morning. This builds on the concept in the last post about “The mediocre practice you follow is better than the perfect practice you don’t”. We all can find two minutes each day to focus on our breathing. The intent here is to begin a practice, however small, that we stick to each day. This easy and quick recommendation turns into a healthy habit that becomes part of our life. In full disclosure, I actually haven’t done this every morning since then. I just mention that in the spirit of letting you know that this isn’t something we have to do perfectly, it’s to move us in the direction of establishing a habit and it’s okay if don’t get it right every time.
On a side note, my dad mentioned the above quote to me over the phone recently in reference to creating productive habits around job work, so the application of this concept stretches to many aspects of our lives. My takeaway is the importance of consistent actions, however small, versus huge intentions that aren’t followed.
A note on Bhante Sujatha, one of the avenues of work he has done that I found interesting was that in the US, our “old, outdated medical equipment” would be considered futuristic technology to many countries around the world. He has done a great deal of work in collecting medical equipment, that would otherwise go to scrap yards, and sending them to foreign countries which struggle with finding the money to afford medical equipment. His foundation has sent X-ray machines, incubators and other equipment to hospitals around the world. This is such an incredible example of finding opportunities to help others without needing huge fundraising or investing campaigns.
For more information on the work that Bhante Sujatha has done and to hear him speaking, please check out the below links.
Blue Lotus Temple and Meditation Center – a Buddhist temple in Illinois, started by Bhante Sujatha, find news, media and podcasts from the team on the site http://www.bluelotustemple.org/about/
BhanteSujtahta.org – stories of the work he has done, his messages and inspiration http://www.bhantesujatha.org/
“Be Your Own Best Friend- The Practice of Loving Kindness” – Conversation available on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As7Z6b-fDl8