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L is for Loving-kindness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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Here is an excerpt from “L is for Loving-kindness”

Buddhism retains a very strong tradition of deliberately opening our hearts to others. This practice is called “loving-kindness” or metta in Pali. It is interesting to note that the traditional practice of cultivating loving-kindness can either begin or end by focusing on ourselves. Either way, a core element of the practice is to cultivate feelings of loving-kindness for ourselves, too. Of course, it isn’t healthy to develop narcissistic feelings of self-love, but neither is it healthy to live with feelings of unworthiness. The reason that Buddhists include cultivating loving-kindness for ourselves in the practice is because we can’t very well love others if we don’t love ourselves. True loving-kindness is indiscriminate and holds nothing in reserve.

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U is for Uncertainty

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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Here is an excerpt from “U is for Uncertainty”

As uncomfortable as it may seem, uncertainty is the bedrock of our reality—everything is always changing. No matter how hard we may try to aim for certainty of outcome, in the end we have to admit that we just never really know what will happen next. The Buddha’s approach to this problem was not to push against reality in an attempt to shape it to our desired state but to learn to recognize reality and adapt our minds to work in harmony with it. If we cling to an expectation of a certain outcome, we set ourselves up to suffer all the more if it doesn’t happen. We must learn to accept uncertainty and to approach our lives with that reality in mind.

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F is for Fear

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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Here is an excerpt from “F is for Fear”

Fear arises from a mistaken apprehension of reality. The Buddha called this mistaken apprehension “ignorance” or “delusion.” We labor under the erroneous belief that our well-being is contingent on circumstances: “If life is comfortable and I get what I want, I will be happy. If I don’t, I will be miserable.” When we examine this assumption more carefully, it doesn’t hold up. We regularly see people who are happy in spite of the terrible circumstances of their lives and others who are hopelessly depressed even in the most ideal of circumstances. It is our attitude toward the circumstances in which we find ourselves that makes the difference.

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D is for Delusion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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Here is an excerpt from “D is for Delusion”

Buddha used fire as a metaphor for the emotional impulses that drive us to suffer. All of the myriad emotional states that disturb our peace of mind and burn up our happiness, he said, can be boiled down to three basic types: delusion, greed, and hatred. Greed and hatred in turn are said to erupt out of delusion. “Delusion” refers to a fundamental misperception of the world we live in, such that we mistakenly believe that it can grant us happiness, is reliably stable, and that the world and our experience of it are substantially real. The Buddha’s contention was that if we look carefully, this world is actually unsatisfying, unreliable because it is constantly changing, and that there is no substantial bedrock of “self” to be found beneath its fleeting surfaces.

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