Twenty Subtle Causes of Suffering: Working With Emotions

What is poisonous should be abandoned. It is not necessary or good for yourself or others. Be good. That’s it.

—Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche


Oh no!

Introduction to the Twenty Subtle Causes of Suffering—Part 1

If you are walking towards the edge of a roof, at some point you know, if you take one more step you will fall off the roof. Your common sense says, ‘Not one more step.’ Yet why should you not avoid taking one more step into poisonous emotional habits that harm yourself and others? In this series on working with emotions, Rinpoche explains the role of simplicity in avoiding the subtle causes of emotional pain—beginning with the words of the Buddha, himself: See anger, desire, and ignorance as poison and abandon them.

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Jealous?

How to Work with the Twenty Subtle Causes of Suffering—Part 2

  1. Belligerence: Agitation and Passive Aggression
  2. Holding a Grudge
  3. Concealment
  4. Anger
  5. Jealousy
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I am an APPLE!

How to Work with the Twenty Subtle Causes of Suffering—Part 3

  1. Stinginess
  2. Dishonesty
  3. Hypocrisy
  4. Mental Inflation
  5. Not Hesitating to Inflict Harm
  6. Lack of Shame
  7. Having No Dread of Blame
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Oh no!  Here she comes!

How to Work with the Twenty Subtle Causes of Suffering—Part 4

  1. Dullness
  2. Excitement
  3. Having No Faith
  4. Laziness
  5. Carelessness/Heedlessness
  6. Forgetfulness
  7. Distraction
  8. Weakened Prajna/Unalertness
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