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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

The engine that drives our neurosis...

The Buddha taught

there were eight

worldly concerns

that serve as the engine

that drives our neurosis.

Let us consider

the second half;

the fifth and sixth concerns

(or the duality of being subjected

to scorn or praise)

as well as

the seventh and eighth concerns

(or the duality of enduring

the subjective experiences

of shame and fame).

A quick rule of thumb

is that scorn and praise

describe our dreads and desires

focused outwards

where our shame and fame

denote our fears and longings

focused inwards.

Or, to put a finer point on it,

how we feel about the people

populating the world around us

versus how we feel about

our sense of self.

The Buddha’s path

offers NO:


or rituals,

or secret handshakes

to help us escape

the torture chambers

within our own heart.

All he offered us

are the tools of:


and contemplation,

and love,

and letting-go.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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