Pick-up Lines

20190419_090755I pick up trash almost every day. While I’ve been told repeatedly that it is a “losing battle,” I beg to differ. Whatever trash I remove is no longer there to soil the area or harm children and animals.

More importantly, picking up trash is an external manifestation of the Buddha’s injunction to purify the mind, and helps me to reflect on my own and others’ unwholesome tendencies. When we make the connection, every act is an opportunity to practice the Dharma.

Most trash is just unseemly, but some is patently dangerous.

In severe weather, buried trash often rises to the surface.

Some of today’s trash seems different, but most is just the same as yesterday’s.

The trash we strew is the record of our vices.

Most trash was already garbage before it was trashed.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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5 Responses to Pick-up Lines

  1. Paul Ramses says:

    Wonderful practice

  2. Upāsaka says:

    Sadhu! I was just reflecting on this as I walked through the streets of NYC today. I will bring a pair of gloves with me and pick up trash. Anumodana!

  3. cheryla says:

    very clever – deep thinking about a something most folks ignore. one more thought – the trash thrown out carelessly is like our human disregard of what should be precious to all of us – making foul that which is needed. this earthly task leads us to higher though! in the parking lot today, i picked up a recyclable bottle. kindly a car waited for me to move. worth it! cheryla

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