18173Re: Question about the Eightfold Path and "catharsis"
- Feb 23, 2012Thanks, Bob.
--- In email@example.com, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "walto" <calhorn@> wrote:
> > Hi, folks.
> > I was wondering if any of the mavens here would
> be willing to provide their thoughts on whether
> they think there's any conflict between the "Right
> Thinking/Right Action/Right Speech" portions of the
> Eightfold Path and conventional views according to
> which it is healthy for unconscious thoughts (even
> angry or mean ones) to be brought to consciousness
> and perhaps even expressed. If some anger is being
> repressed, can it be conducive to well-being to "keep
> it bottled up"? (I take it a Primal Scream isn't
> Right Speech.)
> > Also, is this an empirical question, do you think,
> so that the best way of answering it is to see what
> works (or what has been shown to work in properly
> designed studies), or do you take it rather to be
> something that is deducible from one's view of the
> mind? For example, do you think that the benefits
> of following the Eightfold Path are simply deducible
> from the concept of dependent origination? That is,
> can one agree with the latter without accepting all
> of the former?
> > Any thoughts on these matters are welcome. Thanks!
> > Best,
> > W
> Great question! I think that there is a meditative
> tactic that "solves" this by making "Right" action,
> speech, thinking,... everything ... automatic.
> It is found in this technique that the Dalai Lama
> has been said to do every day, and involves witnessing
> your life and reversing inappropriate actions into
> "right" ones when you see them. I hope this is
> beneficial. Similarly, on the post following W's, there
> is another "solution" that comes from the Toltec Path
> as shared by don Juan. Enjoy!
> The Dalai Lama Meditation
> ( http://www.meditationsociety.com/week6.html )
> The Dalai Lama has been acknowledged by Tibetan
> Buddhists to be a reincarnation of the God of
> Compassion and by the world in general to be a
> Nobel Peace Prize winner but few know him to be
> a practicing meditator. All his life, he has been
> surrounded by masters of meditation and has been
> initiated into many different techniques. It is
> therefore appropriate that we pay attention when
> he points out one method so valuable that he does it everyday:
> Remember when you were a kid and they often had
> cartoons where someone had a devil on one shoulder
> and an angel on the other and they were whispering
> into an ear -- one encouraging doing "bad" and
> one doing "good". In a way, that's the basis of
> the Dalai Lama Meditation technique.
> Sit quietly, calmly with eyes closed, as relaxed yet
> aware as you can be. Visualize yourself on the left
> side of your minds eye as you would appear to yourself
> and others in a moment of impatience. Really see
> this inner vision. Watch your face, observe your
> body language. What does your impatient self look
> like? On the right side of your minds eye, see yourself
> when you are very patient. What do you look like when
> you have a lifetime of time. As tense as you appeared
> on the left as your impatient self, see yourself as
> relaxed in your patience on the right. Now on the
> left side, see yourself as you appear when you're
> depressed. Look carefully. How does that make you
> feel? Can you be aware of the aura of doom and gloom
> you're radiating? And then, on the right side of your
> minds eye, see yourself as you are when you're joyous.
> Merge with that happiness. Know how others would see you.
> Continue seeing all the seemingly negative feelings
> and behaviors on the inner left-hand side of your
> minds eye and the opposite on the right. On the left,
> see yourself as jealous and on the right as how you
> appear when you are truly glad for someone else's
> sucess or happiness. On the left, see the bigoted
> you and on the right, the all-embracing. On the left
> the mean, on the right the sweet. See the stupid you
> and the brilliant. See the clumsy and the graceful.
> On the left, see the unsatisfied and on the right,
> the contented.
> Go on and on, becoming familiar with the "you" on
> the left and the opposite "you" on the right. Then
> see the total "you" who would be there on the left
> if none of the characteristics of the right side
> were present. Now see the "you" who would be the
> totality of yourself with the right side only if
> none of the behaviors and feelings of the left side
> "you" had ever appeared.
> The Dalai Lama tells us that there is nothing else
> necessary because just by seeing your negative
> left-side self, you will become so disgusted with
> yourself when you witness yourself acting in any
> of the left side ways that you will automatically
> cease any of those actions and start doing and
> feeling the right-side actions. Eventually, you
> will become the right-side you exclusively. Eventually,
> you will have peace, compassion, wisdom, good health,
> patience, and all the other glorious aspects of life.
> This technique has the potential to change your
> life profoundly for the better. It is one of the
> best antidotes for negativity. It is consistent
> with his unlimited compassion that the Dalai Lama
> has shared it with us.
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