• Taming the Ox

      The whip and rope are necessary,
      Else he might stray off down
      some dusty road.
      Being well-trained, he becomes
      naturally gentle.
      Then, unfettered, he obeys his
      master.

    Here Buddhist practice continues diligently. Many means of help are used. These can be meditation, mantras, temple services, chanting, sila (precepts), etc. They can also be the kinship of fellow Buddhist practitioners, guides and teachers.

    As the negativities of the mind are quieted it is possible to practise self-cultivation in one's ordinary life. Here one is not fully overwhelmed by the habitual, negative aspects of the mind. It has become clear what Buddhist practice is.