Saturday, March 26, 2011
Question : (Unedited)
Hi, Thanks for your help. I am a married mom of 2 children. I have been studying Mahayana buddhism and meditating for 10 years. There are a few things lately that have been becoming very clear to me now that I was hoping you could clarify and comment on. Here goes....... I have been noticing peoples agitation,control, and anger with many things they do and with other people. I see it at home in my spouse and kids and also with extended family and strangers. Its as if people are living in a rage.Its been very unsettling to watch. I dont seem to be getting involved in any of it, I just am a calm observer.Its as if just about everyone has some mentally diagnosable disorder/disease.
Congratulations!! How I wish I am like you, being able to maintain the equanimity amidst the turmoil around us. You have certainly come a long way and has achieved a higher level of mental cultivation and spritual wisdom.
What you are witnessing is the "normal" life's drama of greed, hatred and delusion acting out in various degrees.
<< Its as if just about everyone has some mentally diagnosable disorder/disease.>>
Yes, you are right. Almost all of us (excluding you) are "mentally disturbed" at one time or another; we are crazy and obsessed with our "self", our senses burning inside our "mind and body", being self destructing. This is the state of existence that the Buddha pointed out as "Dukkha", "very difficult to bear".
The ultimate mission of the follower of the Buddha is to see through this "madness in all of us" and to walk the path of the wise, the Noble Eightfold Path. You are certainly on the right path and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!!
Smile from justinchoo :-)