Dispelling Discomfort at the Eight Transitory Things in Life

During the first phase of this exercise, we work with each of the eight transitory things in life, one at a time, considering first receiving it and then giving it to someone. We begin by recalling a situation in which we overreacted to one of the eight. Whether our pattern is to grasp at the transitory thing or to feel uncomfortable with it, we regret any pain that our loss of balance might have caused the person or us. We resolve to try to prevent this from happening again and then...

Dissolving Disturbing Emotions into Underlying Deep Awareness

Both grasping at mental activity's natural facets for security and fearing them as a threat arise from projecting and believing in dualistic and triplistic appearances. Deconstructing these confusing appearances leaves us with merely the experience of these natural functions. Similarly, disturbing emotions also arise from projecting and believing in deceptive appearances, especially dualistic ones. Under the influence of these emotions, we become insensitive or hypersensitive. Upon...

Dispelling Discomfort at Eight Transitory Things in Life

Deconstructing Dualistic Appearances of Receiving or Giving Any of the Eight Exercise 21 Dispelling Discomfort at Eight Transitory Things in Life Receiving or Giving Praise or Criticism Receiving or Conveying Good or Bad News Being the Recipient or Agent of Gains or Losses Receiving or Fulfilling Expectations or Demands Being the Recipient or Agent of Things Going Well or Avoiding an Emotional Roller Coaster When Directly Relating to Someone Avoiding Emotional Extremes When Relating to...

Applying the Five Types of Deep Awareness

As it is difficult to direct mirror-like awareness at thoughts of someone, we practice the first phase of this exercise only while looking at photographs. We begin by focusing on a family photo or on a picture of a group of our friends. As in the previous exercises, we try to quiet our mind of mental stories, preconceptions, and nonverbal judgments. Being in a subtler, quieter state, we may automatically feel a certain amount of warm concern. We need to enhance that feeling. It forms the...

Relaxing Triplistic Appearances of Minds Natural Functions

During the first phase of this exercise, we try to recall situations in which we grasped for security based on projecting and believing in triplistic appearances of our mental activity's seven natural facets. With each mental action, we consider four forms this syndrome may take - grasping to express the action, clutching to receive expressions of it, being afraid to express the action, and being uncomfortable at receiving expressions of it. We also try to recall any insensitivity to others'...

Affirming and Accessing Our Natural Abilities

To gain a more vivid feeling for some qualities that we merely imagined in the previous exercise, here we try to remember our natural experience of various aspects of balanced sensitivity. We then turn our attention to others and to ourselves, while trying to continue to feel these mental factors. The exercise is not suggesting the contrived method of remembering a feeling from one occasion and then transferring it to another. Instead, we confirm that we naturally have the main components of...