“One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him.
“You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”
Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”
by Gil Fronsdal,
While mindfulness can be practiced quite well without Buddhism, Buddhism cannot be practiced without mindfulness. In its Buddhist context, mindfulness meditation has three overarching purposes: knowing the mind; training the mind; and freeing the mind.
Knowing the Mind
It is easy to spend an hour, a day, or even a lifetime so caught up with thoughts, concerns, and activities as to preclude understanding deeply what makes us operate the way we do.
(1) Meditation helps to calm the mind and get it better organised.
(2) It strengthens our will power and enables us to face all problems and hardships with confidence.
(3) It guides us think positively
(4) It improves our efficiency in work by helping us to concentrate better and by sharpening our mental faculties
(5) It frees us from worries, restlessness, fatigue, stress and blood-pressure.
(6) It increases our mental health and therefore bears a positive effect to a large extent on our physical health and thereby an awakening in all our day today activities.
The wicked are dear to him, with the virtuous he finds no delight, he prefers the creed of the wicked — this is a cause of one’s downfall.
Being fond of sleep, fond of company, indolent, lazy and irritable — this is the cause of one’s downfall.
Though being well-to-do, not to support father and mother who are old and past their youth — this is a cause of one’s downfall.
To deceive by falsehood a Brahmin or ascetic or any other mendicant — this is a cause of one’s downfall.