Re: [Buddhaviharas] Re: Equanimity - The Eight Worldly Concerns
- Hi Antony,
I don't know about you or anyone else, but when I listen to such guided
meditations I am struck by how often I withhold my loving-friendliness from
others because I feel one of the eight worldly concerns in my own life is
under attack. Someone gossips about me, smearing my reputation; I feel
compelled to see them as an "enemy" and withhold kindness. My son picks up
a treasured book and tosses it on the floor (gain/loss, material
possessions); all of my loving-friendliness dissolves into irritation. I
consider how much more time I spend working to pay bills (gain/loss) than I
do on cultivating mindfulness and lovingkindness. (Compare 8 hours a day to
30-60 minutes on the meditation cushion, assuming I am not maintaining
constant mindfulness and loving friendliness throughout my work day! ;o) )
So I think the idea is to notice how often our minds are turned this way and
that by excessive concern to the eight wordly concerns in our own life (by
thinking of specific examples like this), and how putting so much energy
into protecting ourselves in this way keeps us from maintaining the
lovingkindness we would like to, both towards ourselves and others.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Antony Woods" <antony272b@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 10:21 PM
Subject: [Buddhaviharas] Re: Equanimity - The Eight Worldly Concerns
> Dear Sharon,
> Thankyou for raising this topic.
> A while back I found this link in the archives at the birth of the group:
> When I played the audio, which discussed each of the pairs separated by a
> couple of minutes silence, during the silence I hurried off to attend to
> eight worldly concerns on my computer!
> I don't understand the alternative to attending to the eight wc. What is
> lovingkindness if not to praise people, promote their reputation, give
> material things, protect them from loss and helping them to gain, promote
> their happiness and minimize their suffering etc.?
> Renunciation does not mean not wanting anything, but replacing craving for
> sensual pleasure with lovingkindness. I'll have another look at how I have
> defined lovingkindness in my posts to this group.
> May you be well and serene / Antony.
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