In this audio Jagaro explores how we approach our life and meditation practice, and how we can refine and develop it through examining our moods, attitudes, approaches and morality. It is not something we often reflect upon, “Is my approach to this right?” Instead we just set out doing meditation in any old manner in hope that it would yield good results. This is much like setting out on a journey without reflecting upon if the direction we are walking is right and if selected mode of transport is the best for our journey or if it is in good condition. This can have far reaching affects on the results that yield from the meditation. Our morality, defines the greater context to our life for wholesome action and thus wholesome results, providing light amongst the darkness.
In this talk Jagaro begins be discussing moods and how we are often at result of our moods, and thus bound by the conditions of moods and that which impacts on our lives. As we develop we realise we can have positive influence over our moods and to a greater extend attitude. Positive attitude however is just an approach, not a cure-all, and so we must evolve to really yield wholesome outcomes. Morality is this evolution, a maturation of our practice through mindfulness which is revealed to us as we travel the path. Morality however can be practiced as a formula, as an approach, from the outset of our meditation practice until we come to understand its benefits through wisdom. This is the function of the 5 precepts in Buddhism, or even the 10 commandments in Christianity. In this way morality not only provides a solid foundation for our life, but upon further inspection is revealed to be an absolute necessity for maturation of mindfulness, the fruits of the practice and ultimately liberation.