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8 Worldly Concerns and Jigme Lingpa

edited December 2009 in Buddhism Basics
A while ago there was a thread that I mentioned the eight worldly concerns in and today I saw the quote that you can see in my signature. The quote is from one of my all time favorite Buddhist masters, Jigme Lingpa. I feel it strongly relates to the eight worldly concerns and might generate some interesting discussion.

Here again are the eight worldly concerns.

  • hope for happiness and fear of suffering,
  • hope for fame and fear of insignificance,
  • hope for praise and fear of blame,
  • hope for gain and fear of loss;
basically attachment and aversion.

i feel that the quote also speaks well on diligence and the virtues of using difficult situations as the path.




  • DhammaDhatuDhammaDhatu Veteran
    edited December 2009
    these conditions among human beings
    are inconstant, impermanent, subject to change.

    Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
    ponders these changing conditions.
    Desirable things don't charm the mind,
    undesirable ones bring no resistance.
    His welcoming & rebelling are scattered,
    gone to their end, do not exist.

    Knowing the dustless, sorrowless state,
    he discerns rightly,
    has gone, beyond becoming,
    to the Further Shore.

    Lokavipatti Sutta

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