Re: Practices for From Now On Into the Future
- Dear Antony, -
Kindly allow me to respond to Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu on equanimity.
"Don't focus on the other person; focus on the action in and of itself,
as part of a causal process, and then turn around and look at yourself.
If, in your mind, you create other people out there, you create a lot of
problems. But if you simply see life in the community as an opportunity
to watch the principle of cause and effect as it plays itself out, the
Such non-participating & mental-guarding practice is effective
internally for letting go of attachment so that he is not assailed by
longing (abhijjha) and depression(domanassa). But I doubt if the
external community problems would vanish.
--- In Buddhaviharas@yahoogroups.com, "antony272b2" wrote:
> Metta practice is not just pumping up the present moment with thoughts
of loving-kindness - which takes a lot of faith to believe that one's
practice is affecting others - but rather is making and re-making
promises to oneself never to entertain thoughts of self-hatred or hatred
for others from now on into the future. This may involve working with
hatred in the present moment, although hatred is usually associated with
wandering thoughts lost in the past and future, completely momentarily
forgetting where one is and that one is practicing with the freedom of
choice to switch away from the difficult person to a benefactor who has
made an abundant offering directed at one's own life, the reflection on
which often spreads to remembering the abundant offerings of many people
> Compassion practice is making promises to oneself never to add to the
suffering of the chosen person from now on into the future, or as in my
rainbow parrot emotional healing idea (post #4825), to go with
opportunities to comfort the living beings one encounters reflecting
that they are at least distant relatives of the chosen person from the
> Mudita practice is making promises to oneself never to minimize the
joy of others. If someone is experiencing worldly success then one can
focus on the skillful behavior that is associated with it, rather than
wishing it for oneself without having to do any practice.
> Equanimity practice is, as Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote "...something to
think about as you go through the day and you see someone else doing
something that gets you upset or something that offends you. Don't focus
on the other person; focus on the action in and of itself, as part of a
causal process, and then turn around and look at yourself. If, in your
mind, you create other people out there, you create a lot of problems.
But if you simply see life in the community as an opportunity to watch
the principle of cause and effect as it plays itself out, the problems
> With metta / Antony.
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