Lama Thubten Yeshe, Tibet

1935 - 1984

Tibetan Lama and author

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

We often suffer from strong desire or craving for something. This follows from uncontrolled “happy” feelings experienced in relation to the object. When such feelings arise, you have to check up and see clearly what is happening. It is very important to investigate why these happy feelings produce the uneasiness of craving and desire.

Similarly, when you are unhappy, try to discover why such a feeling leads automatically to hostility. Sometimes you feel neither happy nor unhappy about something. This neutral feeling often leads to mental fogginess, an ignorant state in which you do not wish to be bothered about considering the object at all.

These three ways of responding to your experiences are not always gross and obvious but often so subtle as to be barely noticeable. As humans, we are under their influence at all times, even though we are usually unaware of it. Therefore, if you wish to train your mind, you must sharpen your wisdom and become more conscious of what is actually happening within. When you look closely at the main characteristic of your feelings and see how they function, you discover something very interesting.

If I can make a statement here, all psychological problems come from feelings. When a happy one arises, your uncontrolled mind is tossed here and there by it. When it is an unhappy feeling, then of course your mind is uncontrolled and it is obvious that problems arise in its wake. Even neutral feelings, which are neither pleasurable nor painful, lead eventually to problems and suffering. You wish to ignore whatever aroused these in-between feelings and therefore you avoid exploring its reality. This reaction of closing yourself off from something is the very nature of ignorance.

Extracted from 'Wisdom Energy', Wisdom Publications: www.wisdompubs.org

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