The post titled Reflections for “Turns Out You Didn’t Have to Order the Self-Destruct Option is now up on Buddhism for All. Angela from the Buddhism.net team reflected on it, and invites you to do so too.
🌕 Angela’s Reflections:
It is empowering and hopeful that the “self-destruct button” can be uninstalled. In other words, greed, anger, pride, jealousy, doubt, defilements, delusion, ignorance, etc are not inherent in the mind. The mind can be free of these qualities; that mind is thusness. That mind is fully awakened, fully enlightened, the “Tathāgata, the Arahant, the perfectly enlightened one, accomplished in true knowledge and conduct, well-liberated, knower of the world, unsurpassed leader of persons to be tamed, teacher of gods and humans, the Buddha, the exalted one.” (Source: MN 7 The Simile of the Cloth )
🌱 Journal Reflection Prompts for You:
- 📝 Reflect on the “self-destruct’ buttons” or tendencies in your life that you may have knowingly or unknowingly “installed”. What are the habits, beliefs, or behaviors that might be causing you harm, even subtly?
- 📝 Reflect on areas in your life where you cling to the idea of permanence. How is this attachment causing you pain or limiting your freedom and happiness? How can you begin to let go?
Featured image, an AI-generated artwork, by Angela Ho.