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Buddhism: The Self and Bad Feelings

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Recent medical research reveals that when bad feelings like envy, hatred, and anger occur, poisonous substances are released into the body that have a destructive effect on the cells of various organs. Ill feelings such as enmity and envy even destroy a person’s health.

Bad feelings may arise when we are insulted, ignored, or treated coldly; when our explanations are not listened to, or our value is not recognized; when our contribution is not evaluated fairly; when we are misunderstood or slandered; when our expectations are not met; or when we are disrespected.

In short, when someone has an unfair attitude toward you or mistreats you, bad feelings toward that person can turn into hatred, jealousy, contempt, or grudges. What you need to focus on here is that this tendency arises from being strongly fixated on the “self.”

Visit Myosenji Temple

Buddhism teaches that one’s attachment to the idea that “the self equals the ego” is an illusion of thought. Ill feelings like hatred and jealousy actually arise out of a type of illusion of thought called egocentric views. Visit our Buddhist Temple this Sunday, June 26th, for a presentation on the core beliefs of Buddhism and how practicing Buddhism can let you be the master of your mind. The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes about 3:15 pm.

If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Sunday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) our Assistant Priest will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.

Excerpted: How to overcome bad feelings toward others