Buddha describes 84,000 conditioned, suffering states of consciousness which can develop through different combinations of the five main disturbing emotions:
This beautiful collection of handmande lotus flowers explores mind’s ability to shine through difficulties, emerging as radiant wisdoms, proff of development and growth.
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The idea of reaching happiness by means of something outside oneself leads to dangerous attachments.
Because they don’t recognize the impermanence of both, the wanted objects and themselves, most people chase after something ultimately meaningless.
Recognizing the impermanence of outer and inner phenomena while wanting to give others what they need, is the antidote to attachment, stinginess, and greed.
In this way, attachment transforms into a lotus flowet, which purifies and nourishes everything.
The concept that one owns another person, and therefore has an intrinsic right to him or her, causes massively disturbing jealosy and envy.
Jealousy is probabily the most peculiar and useless of all disturbing emotions because it neither relates to an immediate action or concrete situation.
If jealousy has struck, a good method for dealing with it is to deliberately focus on developing one’s abilities and to spend a relaxed, good time with friends. Then, one can later examine if there was an actual cause for the cloudy mood.
Aversion, anger, and hate develop from the ego to protect itself from the effort of avoiding something unpleasant. Many people, though not the happiest ones, know surprisingly quickly and accurately what they don’t like. They look at mistakes and shortcomings rather than the richness of the world and their own possibilities.
Many will benefit if a couple manages to avoid pointless quarrels and instead develop an understanding of the impermanence and the contitioned nature of all outer and inner phenomena for the good of all.
If the two manage to learn more about the relationship through mature observation, then anger transforms into the wisdom of seeing things as they are.
May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.
May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suffering.
May they remain in the boundless equanimity, free from both attachment to close ones and rejection of others.
Eternal gratitude and blessings to my Buddhits teacher Lama Ole Nydhal, XVII Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and all the activity in the Wset. May they all enjoy long healty lives for the benefit of many.
by Delmy Alvarenga
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