Sutra Studies Week 68: Reflections On The Fact That The Skill Of Discernment Develops Liberating Awareness And Perception (Sutra 3.55)

“Pratipaska Bhavana is learning to cultivate the ability to distinguish where any given thought is leading. It is the practice of readjusting violent and hateful thoughts, and other types of thoughts that are steeped in ignorance, essentially, with that of the opposite…

It is not allowing hatred or anger to take destructive root within your mind, or trying to escape these things, or excusing these things anywhere you see them…even while acknowledging the bs that you see, which is why it is also ‘when negative thoughts or acts such as violence, etc, are done, caused to be done or even approved of–whether incited by greed, anger or infatuation–whether indulged in with mild, medium or extreme intensity’…reflecting on the fact that these things are ‘based on ignorance and bring certain pain.’

You may wish to revisit Week 56 of our Sutra Studies for more information on this practice or just simply review sutras 2.33-2.34 with deep reflection…”

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