Maintaining Equanimity

Hello Dear Readers,

I know a lot of people are anxious and uneasy after the recent US presidential election and it doesn’t seem like things are going to calm down for a while.  So, shortly after the election, I made a short video on the Buddhist notion of equanimity here:

Amusingly enough, I got the quote from the Buddha wrong, but the sentiment is the same: there are a lot of ups and downs in life, and the Buddha encouraged us to not allow the dust of life to settle on us otherwise we get weighed down and maybe even crushed.

A mind that, when touched by the ways of the world, is unshaken, sorrowless, dustless, at rest: This is the highest protection.

–Sn 2.4, Maha-mangala Sutta: “Protection” translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

So, like the mountain that was unfazed by the changes in the wind, it helps to not let things get you down (or up) by simply remembering that they’ll pass.

Life is one unending series of transitions, both big and small.

“In all of my universe I have seen no law of nature, unchanging and inexorable. This universe presents only changing relationships which are somtimes seen as laws by short-lived awareness. These fleshy sensoria which we call self are ephemera withering in the blaze of infinity, fleetingly aware of temporary conditions which confine our activities and change as our activities change. If you must label the absolute, use its proper name: Temporary.”
― Frank HerbertGod Emperor of Dune

So, just enjoy your day, enjoy time with loved ones, and even enjoy your enemies.  All of them will be gone in time, just as you will be.

P.S.  I haven’t been very good at keeping up the blog lately.  More on that soon.

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Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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