1. What is the “textbook” definition of negative emotions?
2. What’s the difference between an ordinary being’s experience of negative emotions and a bodhisattva’s experience?
3. Briefly, what are the antidotes to attachment, anger, ignorance?
4. Assuming we’re not modern day Milarepas, what are some of the physical hardships that you are prepared to endure on the path to Liberation? At what point do these hardships no longer feel like hardships but instead are transformed into joy?
Please respond by August 30.
Meditations — please do these on your own, a written response is not expected.
1.) Mindfulness Journal — at random intervals during the day, stop for a moment and write down the following about what’s going on in your mind: are you thinking about
Subject: self or others
Time frame: an incident in the past / present / future
Predominant emotion that you are experiencing: attachment / aversion / etc.
Motivation: what’s the underlying motivation for whatever action you are performing? (e.g., you’re at work, is your motivation to make $$ for yourself?)
2.) Pick one of the Eight Worldly Concerns and reflect on how your preoccupation with the concern has affected your relationships. Narrow this down to a specific incident. How can your understanding of Buddhism change this?
— Posted by Dina Li