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.

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).

10 comments

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

ty

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

thanks

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

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

Lydia Price

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

Geetha Subramaniam

Thanks for posting.

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Thanks Annie.

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Thanks Annie.

Thomas Andrews
Thomas Andrews7 years ago

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.

janine k.
janine k.7 years ago

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.

Sunshine Ross
Sunshine Ross9 years ago

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