Thinking Addiction: Looking at People’s Faults – Dharma Glimpse – 09/17/2019

Thinking Addiction: Looking at People’s Faults – Dharma Glimpse – 09/17/2019

* Okay. * And I finished on slide 379 by saying that if … if you don’t … if you simply look at how difficult for the addicted to get rid of the addiction. * Meaning that people are not, do not realize they’re addicted to thinking. You have to STOP thinking before you can understand Mahayana. * Is it clear? * It’s not about intellectual reasoning here. * It’s about you … You being able to say, “I HAVE NO THOUGHTS.” * If you have this thought that you are right and someone else is wrong, YOU ARE CONFUSED!!! * Cut it out! * Stop it! * Don’t, don’t go there! * Say, “I’m not going there.” * Okay? * Is it clear? * When you see you are being right and someone else is wrong, you are lost, you are a lost soul. * I have no em … sympathy for you. * Okay. * Is it clear? * When you see people’s wrong then you are saying to yourself I’m right. * Because I can see people are wrong; therefore, I am right. * That’s what happens when you look at people’s faults. * When you see people’s faults, naturally, you say, “Hah, (laughter) there she goes again.” * And therefore, “you are right”. * You see, what’s implied is that when you look at people’s fault is that you are right and they’re wrong. * It’s the fallacy of looking at people’s faults. * No room. (Master nodding his head) * Don’t go there. Shana>Stop doing it is the solution? Master>Yeah. * I’m not … * I’m not saying you must ignore people’s faults. * For example: A dog that hasn’t been bathed for months, of course you can … you walk by and you say, “Oh!!!” * You know right away. * Okay. * When I say about * When I talk about looking at people’s faults meaning you dig into people’s fault. * Do not dig into people’s faults. * Do not talk about it. * Do not think about it. * Do not investigate people’s faults. * It’s an act of confusion. * You only get into trouble. * Is it clear? * Of course people have wrongs but it’s not up to it’s none of our business. * Thinking … * The premise is that when you keep on thinking about people’s faults then you’re actually are telling yourself that you are right. * That’s what’s implied in that process. * What you do is you look at your own faults. * This is very important in Mahayana. * You look at your own faults. * The first thing you … * The first to do is you don’t look at people’s faults. * Don’t think about it. * Don’t talk about it. * Don’t analyze it. * Don’t investigate it. * Is it clear? * If Danny is wrong, it’s his problem not yours. Roberta>That’s easier said than done. * Yeah, but that’s when you stop first. * The first line of defense, you stop. * You don’t go there. * You say, “Okay, I’m not going to look … I’m not going to look at his faults, period.” * I don’t care who you are. * I don’t look at your faults. Shana>But if you … you realize your faults wouldn’t it be better than like … wouldn’t it be better if you distinguish that faults is coming from not yourself? It’s usually not yourself. Master>No … Shana>Because you don’t know right? Master>So, what I’m describing to you is the process. * First of all, refraining from looking at people’s faults. * It’s a very, very strong tendency, strong habit energy that you look at people’s faults because you pride yourself on being able to dissect and spot people’s faults very quickly. * Am I correct? * I’m very good at it. (laughter) * Okay? * Agree? * The world … * Worldly people pry on that. they love to look at other’s faults. * And cultivators just do it just act the exact opposite. * We stop. * You say we don’t do that because it’s self-defeating. * You cannot win when you do that. * You only lose. * And the people of the world don’t know. * But you do know that’s why you don’t do it. * Why? * Because it’s addictive. (dogs barking) * You can’t stop. * You can’t stop. * You look at your own faults, you don’t look at people’s faults. * You say, “Oh, my goodness. I ate too much today. What happened?” (background chattering) * That’s what you do. * What happened to me? * What made me eat so much? * And you look at, “I ate too much, I ate too much, …” * Eventually, you’ll see … why. * Then you sever the cause of that behavior. * That’s the purpose of looking at your own faults. * So then you see the cause that put you there. * How you got there. * Okay? * That’s being constructive. * You look at people’s faults, you are being destructive. * Okay. * So you look at your own faults, you stop yourself from destroying yourself. * That’s your being constructive. * You see a big difference? * It’s because you don’t realize that you have faults, that’s why you keep on committing the same mistakes over and over again, and destroy yourself and make yourself suffer. * Is it clear? * It’s a destructive behavior. (background chattering) * So by looking at your own faults and not complaining about other people’s faults. * Okay. * You are being constructive, you are not destroying anyone. (Roberta clearing her throat) * And you’re preventing yourself from … you’re preventing yourself from destroying your own self. (background noise) * Is it clear? * It’s so fundamental and yet people don’t understand.

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  1. Master YongHua articulated this point very well! It's extremely important to not dwell on other people's faults! Everything that happens in one's life is ultimately because of them. If we don't change our ways and blame others, bad things will continue to happen. We have to look at ourselves with a discerning eye and ask what we can do to improve? Thank you master for this wonderful advice!

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