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Thread: Do we eradicate emotions or develop love and compassion?

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    As the question.

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    We cause to dissipate unwholesome emotions, and cause to arise wholesome emotions.

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    We use emotions to be an object of observing our mind. Wholesome or Unwholesome are the same in term of insight development.

    Loving or Metta without Equanimity (upekkha) may transform to Lust.
    Compassion (karuna) without Equanimity may transform to Sadness.
    Joy (mudita) without Equanimity may transform to Envy.

    To be found that the emotions just something that is not mind. Arising because something and disappear because something are a good practice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sukitlek #3:
    Loving or Metta without Equanimity (upekkha) may transform to Lust.
    Compassion (karuna) without Equanimity may transform to Sadness.
    Joy (mudita) without Equanimity may transform to Envy.
    Very helpful description Sukitlek. I guess it comes down to how mindful we are of our own motives etc.

    Anyone got any other thoughts on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Replying to srivijaya:
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    I agree with what Sukitlek is telling here. Emotions are not to be erradicated. Are to be observed so to be a wittness of them and not to be a prissioner of them. In that way we can master them so to use them wisely... Here I can take equanimity as that wise way of mastering them.

    Again, in my tradition we understand this through the 10 Bulls doctrine that is a very Zen way of understanding this.


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    Do we eradicate emotions or develop love and compassion?


    Developing love and compassion by themselves doesn't necessarily help us to deal with troublesome emotions if they arise unexpectedly.
    Extreme emotions can still overcome people who haven't developed other practices and investigations .

    So we practice loving kindness and compassion and develop awareness, equanimity and wisdom. There is no need to consciously try to eradicate or suppress emotions, with correct practice they lessen gradually. There's no 'either, or'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaarine Alejandra #5:
    so to be a wittness of them and not to be a prissioner of them
    Beautifully expressed Kaarine. I think that's the key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sukitlek #3:
    Loving or Metta without Equanimity (upekkha) may transform to Lust.
    Compassion (karuna) without Equanimity may transform to Sadness.
    Joy (mudita) without Equanimity may transform to Envy.
    Equanimity is the key, as I am slowly learning. Thanks for the quote,Sukitlek. Very succinct, very useful.
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    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfcajun #8:
    Equanimity is the key,
    It is a beautifull and core practice wich can give you a lot of room to develop compassion, mindfulness and a deep understanding of things in our daily life.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Replying to srivijaya:
    from post #7

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