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HH the Dalai Lama on the 8 Worldly Concerns

HH the Dalai Lama on the 8 Worldly Concerns

Why be unhappy about something when it can be remedied? His Holiness the Dalai Lama notes that if we avoid or turn away from The Eight Worldly Concerns in our spiritual practice, we can reduce suffering.

What are you attached to? What do have aversions to? See if they mirror the Eight Worldly Concerns:

1. Attachment to getting and keeping material things.

2. Aversion to not getting material things or being separated from them.

3. Attachment to praise, hearing nice words, and feeling encouraged.

4. Aversion to getting blamed, ridiculed, and criticized.

5. Attachment to having a good reputation.

6. Aversion to having a bad reputation.

7. Attachment to sense pleasures in general.

8. Aversion to unpleasant experiences.

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Adapted from Living Wisdom with His Holiness The Dalai Lama by Don Farber and The Dalai Lama (Sounds True, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Don Farber and the Dalai Lama. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.
Adapted from Living Wisdom with His Holiness The Dalai Lama by Don Farber and The Dalai Lama (Sounds True, 2006).

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8:58AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Priests of all religions say what would be ideal, but what hardly anyone puts into practice.

8:52AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

The Dalai Lama eats meat when traveling around the world. How does this reduce suffering?

8:56PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Thanks for posting.

11:56AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Thanks Annie.

11:54AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Thanks Annie.

9:48PM PST on Dec 16, 2008

The nameless live without shame, because they merely subsist. Now they must pay for persisting without asking the consideration of those who are important. Sad, truly sad.

6:45PM PST on Dec 12, 2008

It is with deepest regards to the Dalai that I say this: Nobody wants to be blamed for stuff because others use it against them to hurt them and also to isolate them. No fun.

3:10PM PDT on Jul 23, 2007

om mani padme hung. prostrations to the buddha of infinite compassion, divine lotus one, buddha of infinite light.

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