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Buddhism and Emotions

Postby LastLegend » Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:31 pm


I am wondering if there are Buddhist sutras or texts that discuss emotions in-depth? Anything about emotions.


Bodhidharma [my translation]
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Re: Buddhism and Emotions

Postby muni » Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:58 pm

Hi Lastlegend,

Very important topic, thanks to bring it here.
Some traditions are putting attention on destructive emotions while actually all emotions are/ or turn in/ colours of our painful movie, creating lots of suffering.


Some quotes:
For aeons, almost everything we think and feel, all our interpretations have been rooted in hope and fear, which in turn, have bound our minds up in turbulent emotions, constraining them to such a degree that we no longer have any control over them. That is why, according to the shravakayana teachings, we need to tame the mind, or from the bodhisattvayana point of view train it to become useful, or from the vajrayana perspective recognize mind.

Siddharta Gautama (Buddha) – The Four Seals of Dharma
If you cannot accept that all compounded or fabricated things are impermanent, if you believe that there is some essential substance or concept that is permanent, then you are not a Buddhist.
If you cannot accept that all emotions are pain, if you believe that actually some emotions are purely pleasurable, then you are not a Buddhist.
If you cannot accept that all phenomena are illusory and empty, if you believe that certain things do exist inherently, then you are not a Buddhist.
And if you think that enlightenment exists within the spheres of time, space and power, then you are not a Buddhist.
— Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

http://vajratool.wordpress.com/2011/01/ ... -rinpoche/

I am sure there is a lot more.

Selfless love-compassion, is not an emotion.
‘View like the sky’ means that nothing is held onto in any way whatsoever. You are not stuck anywhere at all. In other words, there is no discrimination as to what to accept and what to reject; no line is drawn separating one thing from another. ‘Conduct as fine as barley flour’ means that there is good and evil, and one needs to differentiate between the two. Give up negative deeds; practice the Dharma. In your behaviour, in your conduct, it is necessary to accept and reject.” Guru Rinpoche

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Re: Buddhism and Emotions

Postby Mkoll » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:18 pm

One example is that the destruction of anger is praised.

As she was standing to one side, a devata recited this verse to the Blessed One:
Having killed what do you sleep in ease? Having killed what do you not grieve? Of the slaying of what one thing does Gotama approve?

[The Buddha:]
Having killed anger you sleep in ease. Having killed anger you do not grieve. The noble ones praise the slaying of anger — with its honeyed crest & poison root — for having killed it you do not grieve.
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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