July 25, 2011

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on Pleasure and Pain

We are entering the final week of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's Tricycle Retreat on the Eight Worldly Concerns, which we might also call the eight anxieties or "hang-ups." This week, Jetsunma addresses the final two concerns, Pleasure and Pain. She opens this week's talk by explaining,

As animals, we are conditioned to seek comfort and pleasure and to avoid anything unpleasant and painful. There's nothing wrong with that, it's part of our animal nature. The problem comes when we think that happiness depends on pleasure and that if we experience pain we must be miserable. This is wrong.

As always, Jetsunma's teachings are useful and practical as she explains age-old Buddhist insights into the strengths and pitfalls of our animal nature. Remember, all Tricycle Retreat teachings remain available on tricycle.com even after the retreat is over, so it is never too late to join.

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buddhabrats's picture

Have no desire for desire, once one has mastered not suffering while in pain one is a lot further on the road to not being attached to pleasure and pleasant experiences. To pluck the lotus from the water without falling in is the art, although both pleasure and pain are pure experiences and part of the 5 lights and it is only our desire and aversion to them which causes us suffering. Check out my article adamantine awareness on www.buddhabrats.com Om tat sat