For those interested in understanding the teachings of the Buddha, to eliminate suffering for oneself and others, this schema presented in the last post is crucial to understand. The root of the problem is a distorted ignorance that takes appearances to be objectively real. Based on this we cling to our ego. Anything that appears threatening, we react with anger. Anything perceived as pleasant, we react with attachment. Anger, attachment, jealousy, pride are called “destructive” emotions since they destroy our inner peace of mind. They cause us to react, creating karma. Karma whether it is positive, negative, or neutral, keeps us bound in samsara. To break the chain of ignorance and hence bondage in samsara, we need to understand and eventually directly experience the wisdom that understands emptiness. This is reality. Emaho and happy 2018!
Gain and loss is the third pair of the 8 worldly concerns from which we loosen our attachment. Gain and loss are relative. Nothing is black and white. Say we win the lottery. We become […]
When we are tired and exhausted from overwork we are easy prey and low-hanging fruit for the destructive emotions, such putting our self down and loosing our self-confidence. Irritability and anger can sneak up on […]