Walking with awareness A guide to
If we are able to step on
the surface of this earth with happiness and serenity,
then there is no need at all to travel to the land of
the Buddha. Both that which is mundane and that
which is pure are born right here in this heart of ours.
is a way to practise meditation while walking up and
down. Cultivating this will bring happiness and serenity
to our practice.
When walking meditation, we should move unhurriedly,
with a peaceful and relaxed attitude, and a smile on our
face. Walking, we have all the time in the world, and
nothing else whatsoever that we have to do.
With every step, we let our worries and concerns fall
away. We should take every single step in this way, for
the sake of abiding in serene happiness.
This is not beyond our capability. Every one of us can
do it, for we all truly wish to dwell in serene
Walking with ease
In our daily lives, the steps we take are laden with our
anxieties and concerns-weighed down with fear. You could
say our lives are built up on months and years of worry.
That is why we cannot take our steps with ease.
This world is full of beauty, with many lovely and
captivating paths to choose from. There are paths
scented with the fragrance of blossoms, and arrayed with
tasteful selections of colour.
But we pass by unaware, not pausing to admire our
surroundings, with the faltering steps of one
Walking jong-grom involves re-training the way we walk-
so that we learn to move with ease.
When I was new to this training of Dhamma-Vinaya, I
initially walked without confidence, without steadiness.
In the beginning we are all like this. But then, after
not so many weeks, we are able to walk assuredly and
steadily; clear, bright and calm-quite naturally.
Our lives are often haphazard and chaotic. We are
continually rushed and under pressure due to this matter
or that. We feel that we have to dash about constantly.
But just where is it that we are rushing to? This is a
question we tend not to ask ourselves.
Walking jong-grom is like taking a stroll. We don’t need
to set any definite goal, or time-limit. We walk
meditation just to walk meditation. The point is just to
walk, without any goal to be reached. Walking meditation
is not a method - it is an aim. Each step that we take
is our life.
Each step is serene happiness. That is the reason we
don’t walk in a hurry. That is the reason we step with
measured dignity. There’s nowhere we must get to, no
goal to pull us forward. In this way, we walk mindfully,
with contentment on our face.
We walk meditation to cast away our worries, once and
Suppose that we had the eyes of the Buddha, we could see
the footsteps of others impressed in the ground -
engraved records of their worries and sadness. We would
take note of these marks as we passed by, as a scientist
observes micro-organisms through a microscope.
The secret of walking jong-grom is to walk in manner
that will imprint nothing but peaceful happiness with
each step. To walk like this, we must learn how to throw
off all of our sadness and worries, without exception.
Walk in a place free from dust
We must walk in the way of one with no worries. This
means to walk in a place of purity. In such a place,
there is striking beauty, peace, and immense happiness.
Should you find yourself in such a place, in what manner
would you walk? Can you really be sure that you would
not leave impressions of the worry and sadness of the
world, there in your footprints, in that pure place? If
we bring sadness and worries, and print them into the
ground, we will leave the earth tainted and blemished
with traces of our gloom. If we are to live in this
world serenely and happily, it is essential that we walk
with peace and ease right from this moment on.
If we are able to step on the surface of this earth with
happiness and serenity, then there is no need at all to
travel to the land of the Buddha. Both that which is
mundane and that which is pure are born right here in
this heart of ours.
In any moment that we are free, peaceful and happy, the
mundane is pure, and purity is mundane. There is nowhere
at all that we need to go, and no need to depend upon
the footsteps of the historical Buddha.
The moment we realise that the mundane and the pure
truly are born from the heart, we are filled with
happiness. We are happy because we know that there is
both dust and freedom from that dust.
Should we open our eyes and stride, mindful, serene and
happy, we will walk in that place of purity. This will
be our inspiration to walk jong-grom every day.
To be continued