Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Four Bases of Doing Good

Looking at the Buddha's list of the Four Bases of Power:

Desire
Persistence
Intention
Discrimination

I was struck by the applicability of such qualities to more mundane pursuits, such as working to do good.

For the last five months, I have been involved in a big project, and each step of the way, including today,  I have had to make full use of all four:

Desire, as in the passion to move mountains.
Persistence, as in the resolve to keep going regardless of obstacles.
Intention, as in the purity of the goal, and the process also.
Discrimination, as in the ability to sort through and decide.

Four inner qualities to change the world, in a good way.

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