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Anger is sneaking in

Now that I decided to move on to a new topic, karma, my mind seems to not want to let go of reflecting on destructive emotions. I decided I better give my mind some space and let it do what … Continue reading

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Why are negative emotions harmful?

In the last few days I have been continuing to reflect on negative emotions. What does it really mean that negative emotions take my freedom? How do they manage to do this? I have been asking these same questions for … Continue reading

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Guess what today’s topic is!

Sorry! Today’s reflection is once AGAIN—I am sure you guessed it— ‘negative emotions!’ You are probably tired of hearing about this again. I fully understand. It’s never been my favorite topic and, for the most part, I successfully ignored it … Continue reading

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Negative emotions are our true enemies

Yesterday I found an excellent and brief explanation of the destructive nature of negative emotions in the book The World of Tibetan Buddhism by the 14th Dalai Lama. He writes: “To aid us in considering the destructive nature of the … Continue reading

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Breaking out of the prison of ignorance

The Buddhist teachings explain that we are not free because we are controlled by our negative emotions. For example, in the reflection on the suffering nature of samsara, which is part of brief version of the Four Thoughts from the … Continue reading

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Getting to know ignorance

My teachers have emphasized that it is much more useful to focus on understanding how ignorance works than to get lost in speculation about how it could have arisen in the first place. In his latest book, Uncommon Happiness, Dzigar … Continue reading

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