Monday, December 15, 2008

Greed, Hatred and Delusion

A 50 billion dollar ponzy scheme, that no one says they knew about? Co-workers? Hard to imagine an entire investment company not-knowing the whole operation is a fraud; unless we consider greed, and its power to shroud truth and create delusion in the mind. Investors? A year when every other stock/investment fund has seen losses, the investors in this company got statements that showed a 6% return and no one questions it? Once again, greed shrouds truth and creates delusion in the mind.

A smart, capable, well-respected man chooses a sociopathic path of unprecedented criminal behavior. People gasp and wonder how it can happen? Yet we are all continually involved in the mental activity of denying aspects of experience as it arises; the craving for the continuation of pleasurable experience or the end of unpleasant experience happens automatically in the mind. Sometimes protection is the motive: protecting ourselves from pain, or protecting our ideas about who we are, or protecting our reputation when we can’t admit our own failings or mistakes.

Our discomfort with humility, vulnerability, and selflessness creates the attachment to greed, hatred of distress, and the ability to continually create the delusion that hides us from seeing how greed and aversion rule our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

In Buddhist psychology, mindful, compassionate, spacious awareness of our fears as they arise, gives us access to choice about how we wish to respond to our mistakes. We can always choose to deny the automatic egoic/protective response and instead invite in an open, receptive, acceptance through the practice of humility and compassion toward harm we cause to self and others.

Though the cultivation of non-greed, non-hatred, and non-delusion takes effort and awareness, in right measure, clarity of mind and heart lead to freedom from suffering and renunciation of the internal prison we create when we get caught in greed, hatred and delusion.

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