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Monday, June 06, 2005

Passion

From passion arises sorrow and from passion arises fear. If a man is free from passion, he is free from fear and sorrow.

-The Buddha

From "Sayings of the Buddha: Reflections for Every Day," by William Wray, 2004. Reprinted by arrangement with Arcturus Publishing, London. Book available in the U.S. through Barnes & Noble, www.bn.com

My Question: Are not some passions good and beneficial to the advancement of peace on
Earth, etc.

-Peace to us all-

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10 comments:

Meredith said...

I'm with you james; I tend to think of some passions as adding to the richness of our lives - such as to love fully and passionately, or to work for peace fully and passionately. However, I do see that passion without balance can lead to suffering - as anything 'over the top' tends to keep us from a certain clearness of perspective.

leejamess said...

namo amithaba buddha .... bless u james

"James" said...

I agree Meredith and I think that it comes down to balance. I think that the Taoist teachings of yin and yang are a great example of this balance.

LeeJamess: Thank-you for the blessing and I send it right back to you. Take care.

ianmack said...

i think the disclaimer upon dealing with passions is that they don't rule your decisions. for instance, i could be a passionate environmentalist, but not let that passion drive me to spike trees or torch loggers' trucks.

but then again, is the very definition of passion something we feel strongly enough about to abandon reason? i dunno...

andi said...

When I first started to think about Buddhism several years ago, it seemed very cold to me. Live without passion? What's the point? But having investigated more recently, I don't think Buddhism is about abandoning or avoiding passion - as human beings, I think we're naturally passionate. The problem comes when we get attached to the passion, when we want it to be there all the time. Passion will come and go in our lives whether we want it to or not. It's up to us to allow that ebb and flow, and not get caught up in attempts to dam it up artificially - to not be attached to it, in other words.

"James" said...

Ian and Andi: I agree with you that passion is something that is apart of our lives and not necessarily a "bad thing." The key is the attachment. Everything in balance. My views on passion are bolstered by the Tao Te Ching. Yin and Yang. I think that is the main symbolism behind the Buddhist concept of the "middle way."

sandesh said...

Practise VIPASSANA meditation..as i do...u will come to know..My fight for lust or passion is still going on...

You may visit the following web link for more information on VIPASSANA meditation:
www.vri.dhamma.org

Rene Armenta said...

Passion for "things" or "experiences" that involve the external world are inevitably unstable. It is in the effort and work of trying to sustain, repeat and maintain such "passions" that we create suffering of the self and perhaps even foster greed or jealousy of others. What is suggested is that make commitments to discipline our choices and even our desires. Take a moment to reflect on a physical passion or desire - it is inevitable that such a pursuit also includes suffering. We suffer over the absence of it - we suffer over ideas of self worth when we cannot attain it - we suffer our own stories as to why it is not constant or consistent or at the level we desire. These sufferings distract us from our capacity of joy and generosity - we become "separate" - and lost. It is not at all about repression - it is about making a new choice - to reflect upon our divine unity with all things - to not indulge for the sake of experience - rather to choose to express because it is in alignment with love, kindness and generosity.

Bensoft said...

The concept of passion, of being passionate about something is so deeply ingrained in western society as being a positive quality that it is difficult to let go of. We begin to make compromises and tell ourselves that our intentions are good when we are passionate about making the world a better place. In the end, attempting to achieve even the most noble of goals through passion will manifest the negative consequences of a self-centered being. Passion is a manifestation of self, of the ego. It is selfish.

Anonymous said...

LOL!!!!!!! Is Passion every really
a balanced state?

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