The Eight Mundane Concerns
Compiled by Ven. Karin Valham
Craving for pleasures of the
The Disadvantages of Becoming Preoccupied with the Eight Mundane Concerns
This life is always full of
ups and downs.
Antidotes: think in this way
If one follows the eight
worldly concerns one is not better than an animal.
If I care so much about any momentary sufferings and sickness why I do not care about the tremendous, continuous suffering of my future lives; why do I not worry about and try to eliminate the true cause of suffering?
Spending this perfect human rebirth desiring only the eight worldly concerns and working for the enjoyment of samsaric pleasures is like trading universes full of jewels for ka-ka. But even this very dirty thing is much more useful than attachment - both people and animals can use it.
From Lama Zopa Rinponche's teachings:
Worldly dharma and holy Dharma are different. Any action of the body, speech and mind done with worldly concern, clinging to the happiness of this life, is worldly dharma or non-virtue. Mantras and prayers may be holy Dharma, but if the person's action of reciting these is done with worldly concern, clinging to this life, it becomes worldly dharma. Such an action does not become holy Dharma. Actions done with renunciation of this life, without the attitude being possessed by worldly concern, are the pure holy Dharma.
When Drom Tonpa asked: "What result do actions done with ignorance, anger and attachment bring? And actions not possessed by ignorance, anger and attachment?" Lama Atisha answered: "Actions done with ignorance, anger and attachment bring rebirth in the lower realms as a suffering transmigratory being. Actions done with the attitude not possessed by the three poisonous minds bring the result of rebirth as a happy transmigratory being."
Understanding Lama Atisha's answer as to what becomes worldly dharma, or non-virtue, and what becomes holy Dharma, look at the human beings who have no understanding of Dharma at all, no faith in refuge, no faith in karma. All day and night in their minds they have nothing more than just this life. They are concerned for nothing more than happiness of a few years of life or a few months. All day and night, they keep busy just from this motive of worldly concern. You see that is all non-virtue, and Lama Atisha answered the question as to what result comes. All these activities of body, speech and mind done with that attitude of worldly concern result in rebirth as a suffering transmigratory being.
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