Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Five Faults of the Kleshas

(Summarized from No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to The Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chödrön)
  1. They enslave us. We think it's "I" who is acting, when in actuality we're being held by the throat by our kleshas. We're not in control.
  2. We welcome them. They're familiar. Indulging in hatred, lust, etc. give us a temporary relief, make us feel good and important.
  3. They last. Even after the object of our hatred dissipates, the habit of hatred remains.
  4. They grow when we feed them. "More is never enough". Give in to the kleshas thinking that they're going to go away once you satisfy them, and you find that they only come back demanding more attention.
  5. They prevent peace. There can never be world peace so long as we are all enslaved by our kleshas. We will always find ourselves pitting our emotions against one another.

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