Tag Archives: afflicted emotions

Living by Karma; Living by Vow

“I didn’t want to think it.” “I didn’t mean to say it.” “I didn’t intend to do it.” How many times have we said these or similar words to ourselves or others? When we entertain unwelcome thoughts, utter words that … Continue reading

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Four Strategies

All of us come to the Dharma with various degrees of wrong views, previous tendencies and conditioning, false identities, afflicted emotions, and extremely sensitive egos. It takes time and effort to leave them behind, or at least transform them sufficiently … Continue reading

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Blame

A friend recently came across the statement that in order to forgive, we must first assign blame. The author went on to say that it is essential for understanding and working with the law of karma that we stop blaming … Continue reading

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Two Problems, Four Obstacles, One Solution

We only have two basic problems: wrong views and afflicted emotions. Wrong views prevent us from seeing reality as it is, and afflicted emotions generate unending suffering.   We ascribe solidity, independence, and permanence to what is insubstantial, dependent and impermanent, … Continue reading

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Absences

Just like cold does not exist from its own side (it is merely the absence of heat), afflicted emotions are only absences of specific aspects of primordial wisdom.   Attachment is the absence of the wisdom of discernment, aversion of mirror-like … Continue reading

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Managing Afflicted Emotions

When we experience afflicted emotions, we can manage them in one or more of the following ways, according to our innate tendencies, capacity, and level of spiritual development. Whenever there is doubt as to which may be appropriate, apply renunciation … Continue reading

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Natural Perfection

Perfection is the fundamental quality, true nature, or essential character of all sentient beings. It is described as unconditioned, boundless, nurturing, and sustaining: true purity, true self, true happiness, and true permanence. It is indiscernible to worldly vision as a … Continue reading

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Keep a respectful distance

We wish all sentient beings complete liberation and enlightenment, and seek to assist them as much as we can, but we must recognize our present circumstances, and not place ourselves in situations in which afflicted emotions arise. We are under … Continue reading

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Skill and experience

Buddha Shakyamuni lived the life of a worldly prince, then went to the forest and practiced rigorous asceticism, before his enlightenment. He thus spoke authoritatively about extreme views and behaviors that do not and cannot secure happiness.  All the Buddhas … Continue reading

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