Using Our Senses Wisely

New food for thought (and action)

IMG_6552 Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai

While we eagerly await the Kung Fu Chef to introduce a new tasty ingredient to add to the special soup mix, let’s review how some of us practised ‘being truthful’ (สัจจะ) last week. Kindergarten student, Din, for example, realized that being truthful also means keeping your promises to people. Bence and Por made the mistake of throwing sand on the floor and told their teacher the truth. Well done to these children and to everyone who have been trying hard to put into action each wise habit.

Students of Panyaden School, bilingual school in Chiang Mai  Panyaden School teachers & students during assembly 

Now enter our clever Chef with another deft kung fu move. Hands stretched out and joined at the wrists with palms open, he exhorts us to think about how to use our senses wisely (‘Indriyasamvara’, การสำรวมระวังอินทรีย์). Ears, eyes, nose, mouth, body and mind:

We hear,
we see and perceive,
we smell things,
we speak and taste things,
and we can feel and touch.

In Buddhist teachings, our mind is also a sense organ. It perceives thoughts and ideas in the same way that our eyes sense light or our ears pick up sound waves. Like the different ingredients in our soup, our senses interact with each other to create our awareness and perception of the world within and around us.

How can we use our senses wisely? It can be as simple as sitting upright and attentively during class (using our body wisely). P3-4 student, Oliver pointed out that we could walk with vitality and wholeness, eat a balanced diet and speak kindly to one another. Perhaps these are not as easy as they sound but we can only keep trying.



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