Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 11/24/2019

Thirst for Pleasant Feelings

“…see how much of our lives are dominated by vedanā, feelings, how much they constrict our conduct.

How many times do we turn away from wholesome, noble, beautiful actions simply because we fear the dukkha-vedanā, the unpleasant feelings, that we might have to encounter while performing those actions?

How often do we perform actions which we know in our heart of hearts are going to lead to pain – actions that are foolish, are trivial, are ignoble – merely because of the thirst for the pleasant feelings that will arise in performing them?

How often do we betray our own ideals simply through the weakness that manifests as the love of pleasant feeling and the aversion to and fear of unpleasant feeling?”

Ajahn Jayasaro

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