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How to Cultivate Equanimity

Discussion in 'Buddhism DIR' started by Geoff-Allen, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

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    From a recent email I received - this site -

    The dictionary defines equanimity as "mental calmness and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation." It refers to a mind that is at peace even in the face of stressful and unpleasant experiences. Here are three ways to cultivate equanimity no matter what challenges you face.

    1. Use the Buddha's teachings on suffering to help you "start where you are."

    I practice Buddhism, not as a religion, but as a practical path for living with less suffering. By suffering, the Buddha was referring to our dissatisfaction with the circumstances of our lives. All of us have experienced this dissatisfaction: it's found in our longing for our life to be different than it is, even when we have no control over the particular circumstance in question.

    For the rest of the article and blog -

    How to Cultivate Equanimity Regardless of Your Circumstances

    Wishing you all the best!
     
  2. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Well, Gita does the same (in somewhat better way. It does not ask one to distance him/herself from the world).

    "Jneyah sa nitya-sannyasi yo na dvesti na kanksati, nirdvandvo hi maha-baho, sukham bandhat pramucyate." BG 5.3
    (Know him as an ever-renounced, who neither hates nor desires. Liberated from all dualities, such a person, O mighty-armed Arjuna, easily overcomes material bondage and is completely liberated.)
     
  3. Ayjaydee

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    I dont see therevadans like achaan cha or buddhadassa bikkhu asking folks to distance themselves from the world. Quite the opposite in fact
     
  4. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Buddha was mainly talking about bikkhus and not house-holders. Of course, 'dhamma' (the Noble Eight-fold Path) remains the same for all people.
     
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    They never considered themselves at a distance from the mundane world and I know for a fact achaan sumedho does not! Perhaps you left too soon.
     
  6. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    I try not to put Buddhism in a box too much, try not to succumb to embellishment and fabrication, and be wary of expectations.
     
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