Three Poisons

AYY031-poison-warning-skull-crossbones-symbol-rust-fx-tin-metal-signWhen we come in contact with persons, objects, and situations that we find pleasant, attachment arises: the desire to possess or to continue enjoying them without interruption.

When we come in contact with persons, objects, and situations that we find unpleasant, aversion arises: the desire to separate from, or destroy them as soon as possible.

When we come into contact with persons, objects, and situations that we find neither pleasant nor unpleasant, indifference arises: neglect for them, and the denial of our interdependence.

The more we care strongly about some persons, objects, and situations (‘loving’ or ‘hating’ them), the more we disregard all others. We are emotionally distracted, inattentive, confused.

Much harm comes from indifference. Our ecological crisis; our disregard for the enslavement, abuse, and slaughter of animals; and our disdain for the suffering of the poor, immigrants, ‘enemies’, criminals, etc., are clear instances of the massive harm occasioned by indifference.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to Three Poisons

  1. dharma pen says:

    Tashi, I never thought of attachment as wanting to continue enjoying something WITHOUT interruption. That point of view makes it clear how poisonous attachment really is.

  2. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年09月20日 (週六) 6:36 PM 寫道﹕

    WordPress.com Tashi Nyima posted: “When we come in contact with persons, objects, and situation that we find pleasant, attachment arises: the desire to possess or to continue enjoying them without interruption. When we come in contact with persons, object, or situations that we find unp”

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