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Mind and Mental Events (Subhuti 2001) - Talk 6

by Subhuti (2001)

Cupidity-attachment or desire (raga) involves exaggerating the pleasurable aspects of an object and minimising its painful ones. Practising its opposite, non-attachment (alobha), serves to drive this out.

The Abhidharma discusses four upaklesas associated with raga:

1. Avarice (matsarya)

2. Slyness-concealment (mraksa).

3. Deceit (maya).

4. Dishonesty (sathya).

All these hold us back and are destructive of the spiritual community. They point up the need to become more and more open-hearted, transparent and candid.

Hatred involves seeing an object (often a person) as the cause of our suffering and exaggerating their negative aspects while minimising their positive ones. Non-hatred (advesa) is the complete absence of the desire to retaliate. It is also a positive state of love and well-wishing.

This talk is part of the series Mind and Mental Events (Subhuti 2001).