Deluded Pride

I take meditation classes at Dulzin Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Liverpool since a few weeks back. We are mainly learning how to, through meditation and living mindfully, find inner peace and real inner happiness. Last night our teacher was talking about pride. The teachings at Kadampa Buddhist Centres are based on Geshe Sonam Rinchens teachings. He wrote the following about what Buddha called deluded pride which is on of the obstacles for finding inner peace and happiness:

“One of the main obstacles is our pride. This pride is an inflated state of mind and relies on our false view of the transitory collection, which focuses on the existent self, attributed to our body and mind, and distorts it. When we are on top of a very high mountain, we look down on all the lower peaks. Similarly, when we are full of pride, everyone else appears lower. We are the best and everyone else is inferior. This pride is associated with our self-preocupation and makes us act inappropriately and disrespectfully towards others, thereby bringing us face to face with all kinds of unpleasant and unwanted experiences. As long as we feel and act as through we are the center of the universe, we will never develop real concern for others. To counteract this attitude we train ourselves always to think of them as supremely important by considering their good qualities and by reviewing our own faults and weaknesses.”



Advertisements
This entry was posted in Buddhism, Meditation, Personal and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s