Posted by: Upāsaka | 07/16/2018

Fear and Desire

It’s wrong to establish the citta with such a negative attitude. The ensuing results are bound to be harmful in some way.

The correct approach is to focus the citta firmly on some aspects of Dhamma, either the recollection of death or some other Dhamma theme. Under such circumstances, one should never allow the mind to focus outward to imagined external threats and then bring those notions back in to deceive oneself.

Whatever happens, life or death, one’s attention must be kept squarely on the meditation subject that one normally uses.

This morning has been an object lesson in this teaching. Two, aggressive, drunk dudes on a train causing problems and there is the arising of fear and anger. Do I stay or do I go? I’ll stay with buddho.


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