This week Vessantara is giving daily talks on The Buddhist Centre Online for the Urban Retreat. His talks are all on metta (loving-kindness), which is also the focus of his book, The Heart. If you’d like to find out more about the book, here are some excerpts from our interview with
Talks by Doug Duncan Sensei, introductory level
But why is it that we don’t just drop our clinging and the suffering that goes along with it? The harsh reality is that we prefer the familiar, no matter how much hurt we are hanging onto, when the only other option is letting go into the unknown. Rather than face the enormity of there being no substantial self, we quickly opt for distraction.
Take two minutes to listen to and reflect on Sensei’s new podcast, extracted from a talk given on Dec. 10, 2011 in Kyoto, Japan: All Suffering is Self-Created
The transcript is built in to the mp3 file in “Lyrics”. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the podcast through iTunes. Or find the transcript at: http://podcast.clearskycenter.org/
Good karma, pass it on!💜✌️☺️
☽ ☼ the earth has music for those who listen ☼ ☾
The perception of permanence can also simply be perceiving things as much more permanent than they actually are. It doesn’t have to be perceiving things as absolutely permanent and immortal. A simple example of this is something like a bad mood. While a person wouldn’t ever claim that a bad mood is permanent - we all know that moods change - while one is under the sway of a bad mood, it certainly feels like something which wont just disappear in a moment (i.e. it feels heavy and weighty). And yet, it if some stimulus comes along which causes pleasure to arise (for example a smile from a friend), that bad mood can evaporate in an instant. Again, if one catches this kind of thing in the act, it can really shake the foundations of self.
The view that mistakenly identifies any of the khandha (Heap; group; aggregate. Physical and mental components of the personality and of sensory experience in general.) as “self”;
There are 20 kinds of personality-belief, which are obtained by applying 4 types of that belief to each of the 5 groups of existence:
- the belief to be identical with corporeality, feeling, perception, mental formations or consciousness;
- to be contained in them;
- to be independent of them;
- to be the owner of them
- belief in a self
- doubt or uncertainty, especially about the teachings
- attachment to rites and rituals
- sensual desire
- ill will
- lust for material existence, lust for material rebirth
- lust for immaterial existence, lust for rebirth in a formless realm
In Buddhist lore, prior to his Enlightenment, while sitting under the Bodhi Tree, Siddhārtha Gautama was confronted by Mara, the Evil One, who sent ten temptors in an effort to stop him from reaching Enlightenment. As it has come down to us the temptors have been presented as manifested personifications, angels, or spiritual entities and given names as any person might. However, over time the names of each so named have come to represent the temptations to be overcome for any who may so choose to follow the Buddhist path to Enlightenment. Originally “the ten chief sins” in their personifications, are now represented in The Ten Fetters.