Understanding Our Mind: 50 Verses on Buddhist Psychology by Thich Nhat Hanh

By Thich Nhat Hanh

This profound examine Buddhist psychology deals vital insights into how Buddhism's old teachings practice to the fashionable global. Basing his paintings at the writings of the good fifth-century Buddhist grasp Vasubandhu and the lessons of the Avatamsaka Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh specializes in the direct event of spotting the genuine nature of realization. offering the elemental teachings of Buddhist utilized psychology, he exhibits how the brain is sort of a box, the place all types of seed is planted — seeds of ache, anger, happiness, and peace. the standard of lifestyles, he writes, depends upon the standard of the seeds. via studying easy methods to water seeds of pleasure and rework seeds of soreness, realizing, love, and compassion can flower.

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1 Piety with regard to the dead: to do everything for what does not exist. The suffering caused by the death of others is due to this pain of a void and of lost equilibrium. Efforts henceforward follow without an object and therefore without a reward. If the imagination makes good this void—debasement. ’ And as to our own death, is it not the same? The object and the reward are in the future. Deprivation of the future—void, loss of equilibrium. That is why ‘to philosophise is to learn to die’. That is why ‘to pray is like a death’.

To conceive of them and feel them as conducive to spiritual well-being (for example: hunger, fatigue and humiliation cloud the mind and hinder meditation) and yet to renounce them. detachment Only the second kind of renunciation means nakedness of spirit. Furthermore, material goods would scarcely be dangerous if they were seen in isolation and not bound up with spiritual advantage. We must give up everything which is not grace and not even desire grace. The extinction of desire (Buddhism)—or detachment—or amor fati—or desire for the absolute good—these all amount to the same: to empty desire, finality of all content, to desire in the void, to desire without any wishes.

To know this is forgiveness. 9 TO ACCEPT THE VOID ‘Tradition teaches us as touching the gods and experience shows us as regards men that, by a necessity of nature, every being invariably exercises all the power of which it is capable’ (Thucydides). Like a gas, the soul tends to fill the entire space which is given it. A gas which contracted leaving a vacuum—this would be contrary to the law of entropy. It is not so with the God of the Christians. He is a supernatural God, whereas Jehovah is a natural God.

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