As I review some of my posts I realize they are all interconnected. We keep circling back to similar interrelated topics albeit from different perspectives. This is awesome! The Buddha’s teachings are like a giant jigsaw puzzle, all fitting together perfectly. Let’s begin another discussion of how to step back from the 8 worldly concerns. But first let’s review what they are. They are 4 pairs of opposites: praise and blame; fame and disrespect; pleasure and pain; and gain and loss. We train in reducing our attachment to all 8, even the ones from a limited perspective we feel are advantageous. They all involve some form of ego-grasping, of preoccupation with number one – me, me, me. Full nonattachment requires a deeper understanding and eventually realization of emptiness – absence of the distorted way we see and understand ourselves and the world. More to come …..
Congratulations to all of you who have the courage and tenacity to read all the last 8 posts explaining the ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Geshe Langri Thangpa. It is not easy, especially the […]
Last night in Tokyo with my Human Values Institute group we discussed in some detail the distinctions between empathy and compassion. I had just stepped off a 12+ hour flight, and spent about 20 hours […]