Introduction To The Four Afflictions Of Self

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Discussing afflictions of the mind where the self appears, as an opportunity to explore consciousness. The ignorance of the view that the self is operating the situation.

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last week
thinking about talking to you about
the for afflictions that accompany the
in in in a in a self or i should say that accompany the appearance of a self
but i was overtaken by other things this morning in smarties talk and was not able to talk to about it

but i just wanted to briefly mentioned what they what they aren't hoped it in the future sometime i could
use this teaching of the for afflictions of the mind where the self appears
i'm as a
as an opportunity to explore our consciousness and the afflictions of our consciousness
in consciousness there is a in it the way i used the word consciousness is it's an it's a mind is or it's an awareness
that were wherein there appears to be a sense of self are there appears to be some image of herself
an image a concept
a story
of herself
i would i would say what they're there are other forms of consciousness besides there are other forms of mind besides this this type and i call this type consciousness
the mind where the where there's a sense of self or an image of a silver concept of herself
and whether seems to be
some kind of such a thing present in the caught in the awareness i called that consciousness and there are other forms of cognition or that sense of self is not present for example in the unconscious cognitive process there's not a sense of
me or i are fine here
but it's but if that's a very important contract mind to the unconscious is a very important mind but it doesn't have this sense of self in it it's not like i'm not there right now i'm speaking or not right now i'm right now there is talking
in in this consciousness and there is a sense of self in this consciousness
and in this sense of in this consciousness which has a sense of self
there is the words to say that there's other forms of awareness where i'm not er where weather where where there's not a me and in this consciousness there is a me there is an eye
so there is speaking from this consciousness where there is an i now i can change to say there is a sense of self in this consciousness and i am talking but really the i would say or rather really it could be said that in this consciousness
there is an awareness of speech and there's an awareness of a tendency
to think that i'm doing the speaking
the harbor there's also the presence of a teaching which says
that there's a around this sense of self is for afflictions a one of the afflictions is
called self view
another affliction is called self confusion
our self ignorance another affliction is self pride and the fourth one is self love
coming with the with these to for afflictions is that the each one of them is each one of them has stress and anxiety around it their all they're all uncomfortable looking at the one of self
view there is this this is infliction had we had their consciousness that we have this
sense of self and then there's an affliction with that sense of self which is that it seems like
that the the consciousness is being viewed from the self
and also there's abuse that there is a self
but the view that there is a self is also a view that things are look at that the self is doing the looking
and that there's there can be activity in this consciousness which is actually the definition of the karma of that consciousness there can be activity but the consciousness and afflicted
but by the view that the self is doing the activity
whereas actually there is a sense of self and there's an activity but the song isn't actually doing the activity but it seems like the self is doing activity
so there's an eye here and there is talking here and there is a confusion in relationship to i'm doing the talking or i'm saying this or i'm not saying this
i'm making this i'm making his hand gestures rather than hand gestures are appearing in this consciousness and ah and there's a sense of self here
that's more accurate this that the powered the affliction is that it seems like i'm that the i or me either the me is doing these these hand gestures or along with it there is an eye
and there's a mine there's a me and there's mine and the mind can be my house my actions that's that's that's the the dissecting the to afflictions one is confusion about what the self is and isn't and also the affliction
seeing things sort of as though through the sense of self
so for example earlier today i turn around with sonia said she said
i turned around where sonia said there was a turning around of what sonia
there was a turning around of the voice of the voice of tone of some of sonia the words of of sonia or turn around and the turning around was the words were originally i changed my mind and they got turned to that the mind changed so this consciousness is constantly changing
constantly changing constantly changing and as a sense of self and is constantly changing consciousness and there's a sense of the self is changing the consciousness
whereas the consciousness arises
with various kinds of activities and a sense of self and then it got in her ceases and then it arises again with different content and also a sense of self and then there's yeah there's a thought that the change from this consciousness to the other consciousness was operated by the self
that's self confusion that's self ignorance and has self view seeing self centered right seeing everything through the self even though the self is just one of the things in the consciousness the affliction of that the associated with that sense of self is at the self is op
rating the situation
which is not true
but putting that responsibility or that ability on the self again creates lot of stress so my mind's changing
the my damn mind is changing my mind is changing i'm changing my mind

and it's my mind and as my thoughts as my actions or it's not my thoughts both if somebody else's thoughts and i'm deciding also
what they are so i was gonna talk to your mother
but to get into an in-depth the think we need more space but i think this i find is this these for fluxes are very helpful to see what's going on and consciousness and see where the stress and the fear and shame and all that much negative emotions arts
all tied in with this sense of self there
and how to bring compassion into that situation so that we can study it and i talk to you about that
i'm in love
well i could say a little bit that
there's there's also a pride in the sense that ah this wonderful this the sense of self which somehow the universe has made come up in consciousness or has made consciousness come up with a self cake the evolution of of life on this planet
what is such that these consciousness has ever wrote i have arisen have arisen with a self or that mind somehow has arisen with herself and become consciousness and
it's really a wonderful thing that this sense of self consciousness is wonderful and the sense of self is a miraculous feat of the universe
a lot of things have allotted biological events conspired to make this appearance this concept this idea this image of the self appear in a mind and before it appeared with there was other minds which are still up
present and nowhere this new mind which comes up with the sense of self
so it really is a wonderful things are being proud of it is
if some sense ready god well as we say you come by it honestly
it's it it can't it comes with the with the the miracle of the formation of of this type of mind
and so there is so so it's something to be proud of and
it's something that there can be pried associated with
but then again you can turn on it what the self is something that the self can be proud of and the self is something the self can own all that kept all that
stressful times of bots can arise and part of the pride is part of pride is to be a little bit arrogant
our little puffed up
an arrogant is related to the word
aggregate or
aggrandize right to gather things to aggregate things so this this is self thinks that they can
aggrandize or aggregate what's going on there in other words it started slipping into thinking it can control what's happening in this consciousness
which it's arrogant and also kind of like
when it got it's dangerous because and i can feel like i'm responsible for i am responsible for it's going on and the consciousness which i am are there i made it all by myself which i didn't
the self is not in control of what arises with it
like twins in the woman you know or
you know when there's two babies and fertilizer on the same time
they didn't they didn't cause each other they just were fertilized around the same time
so it isn't that consciousness causes a self or self conscious causes consciousness or mind with consciousness i mind with a self as consciousness
and the self with a mind is a self
they rise together they don't not one before the other not to the self makes the consciousness of it
the whole biological process has made a mind with a self in it
but this but mine doesn't think i made the self
the conscious doesn't think i made this sense of self here check it out
when i look in when when when when there's contemplation of this consciousness does not the thought this consciousness made the self
the i don't i i cannot speak for the consciousness really even though i say i could say that but that's the self speaking the self saying the consciousness made it he said or as a of this country to say i made the self
i don't think the cash to says that but there can be saying that in the consciousness there can be the statement i made the self and then it can be a statement when i say i mean high the consciousness i the kindest has made yourself but dogs also can be either self-made the consciousness
i the self made self all these sentences can appear in consciousness
we are i think i would say there's a sense that i
i made this stuff an eye on their stuff i don't think and the consciousness harbors that attitude but the consciousness doesn't think i made and i own this and he might say what we actually consciousness could equally claim that
but it doesn't is the self it's the what is the owner there's a sense of an owner in there but the consciousness doesn't think it's an owner the way the consciousness things as an owner is the self
the the self in the consciousness is the proud arrogant facet the proud arrogant phenomena in consciousness is the owner which is itself
so the consciousness comes with this arrogant owner who then also thinks that it he she they
on what's going on and are in control and then the self love is
attachment to the self and protection of the self is so precious it is precious
but that doesn't mean you have to be attached to it to take care of it but there's this this type of love is an attachment to the self say have self love attachment sell pride arrogance controller
self ownership
self confusion and self centered and self seeing everything through the self all that's going around the self
so you you can say there's a thought or hour came from but there's a thought this is quite a challenging situation
but there's hope that it could be illuminated and see how it works and see how silly a lot of it is and contradictory and not believe in it
and see that things could be reversed
you know and we could say at the thinking always the self and as the definition of self but what why can't reverse what because the thinking isn't the south it's the selves thinking is on if you study this and if you consider reversing things that will help you or help the mind
be illuminated as what i wanted to talk to up
the overflow her policy inevitable are all sugar
girl herself
salt arises with vendors for review self as server yeah that's one of the afflictions that's that's one of the afflictions is that it it doesn't just it isn't just a just a sense of self it comes comfort these afflictions so it's very powerful and useful and it has
as these afflictions
which you could also say in a way our facilities but they're very stressful because third
they're they're arbitrary than they don't they don't hold up to analysis
but they're useful
it's like that story of that woody allen hurry
and woody allen is another thing that he's another facility that has drawbacks
you know he's very funny guy but we paid a price for woody allen anyway he tells the story the man comes to a psychiatrist and said my brother's thinks is a chicken and the psychiatrist says why don't you tell him is not he said because i need the eggs
so the self situation convert is ridiculous
why don't we just sort of calm afflictions and not
not fall for them because we need the eggs they perform a function
the these these afflictions come from things that perform functions
so if not to get rid of it it's to study it with compassion as why we'd bring you to bring compassion to the situation so we can watch it
two so we can watch it so we can watch it so we can listen to it so we can taste it so we can touch it so he can smell it and learn how to do that in such a way
that which we become free of believing the way it appears
which is not the way it is but the way it appears
without getting rid of it and then we have a human consciousness that has been illuminated but the way to illuminated to start with this is to let it be and witness it and witness it and let it be witnessed and let it and let it let itself be witnessed
who was between humans do the same thing with what's going on in the mind have conversations
with this mess
as long as this is reversing casey
then there must be a cell otherwise if there is no self the change the universe so but you could also say
if there's a version that must be another
in other stuff know another their have to further to be a self there has to be a and other so if it's reversing then there's a self and another and that's right there it is a self in another and that this process would help you realize that what's going on here is a self and another
and when were caught on the self were not caught on the other
the other can teach this up the other will be a big factor in teaching and liberating the self
so the pivoting is between self and other because we are a self and we are also otherwise and that's what's going on there but we are just the other is not very well new illuminated without a lot of work and the work is what compassion and what else
conversation compassionate and conversation is the work of integrating self and other we will we will continue to be trapped in the self-centered consciousness
until we until a conversation between the self and other is an act enacted in the consciousness which also if if if we enacted in the consciousness we can also then check out to see if other consciousness is are also enacting it in their consciousness so
so we can have conversations in the consciousness and with other consciousnesses to see if they're if they're doing their work too
in fact we do need other not only others in the consciousness but we need other beings participating in the conversation which is what we're doing
and that's what i wanted to talk to your blog but not time clock film
more or less workers
i will try unless i get hit by another truck
another compassion shrug as i'm walking into the look into the dharma talk hall
he says something about

not his eyes and ears this
this action and those things of that
the hands
are you thoughts you
well one way to understand is that the many hands mean that there's not a fixed response to different individuals that this compassion
can do whatever is appropriate to to her individual person and there's infinite possible appropriate responses and those different hands represent that the we don't have just one thing that reply to everybody but each each interaction as a as a unique response
what what are the things that are in a house
yeah i suppose but in iran
that he if he had entered know how many arms or on that one up there but you
sixteen so those would be sixteen things that would have significance but that's just a small sample so everything
all the different responses we give to each other could potentially be one of those hands
and course has infinite number of responses but point it does it saying that
the way the universe come together to make us and the way the universe comes together to make another person and the way these two people come together to create each other that's one of those that create one of those hands
you know
yeah and so
this person
presenting you with this suffering you're feeling it a your way you taking care of your your suffering and relationship that person takes care of that person in relationship to you
another you and that unique example is one hand among infinite
murray i was thinking what ego had to do with the self and i raised
damn can you think of if if your
example i think he goes basically that you believe he goes like enough he got the sense of self and ego is this actually is is believing it and being stuck on it
just a sense of self as an idea like other people's sense of self you just an idea to me maybe but the the idea that the self is the center of the universe
more so than ah than than my feelings
for my or my or my emotions
so the sense that this that this thing is more the center than those things that's the ego
but actually the consciousness the the cut the each thing and the consciousness is equally the center of the consciousness
the feeling in the consciousness the emotion and the consciousness the perceptions in the consciousness and the sense of self in the consciousness they're all the center of the universe but but the feeling doesn't think i'm the center of the universe
most people don't have that problem of thinking that they're that their pain is the center of the universe they think the self is the center of the universe and has a pain
or the self has an anger but we don't think the angers the center of the universe but it is
but the anger somehow trump don't have the idea i'm the center of the universe the idea of the of the universe comes with the self not with the anger but it would be good to to reverse it try to reverse let this let your anger be the sound of the universe and let the soap he serves on the sidelines watching that are let the so
not let there be the the anger at the sound of the universe that there be watching that and let there be watching the self be willing to be on the sidelines
why not that's possible if if the sauce pivoting which it is and if but the anger is to so the angers the anger is not stuck over there in not been yourself
except in relationship to the self and the self not stuck over in being not anger except being stuck in self but it in a cab be stuck in itself without the anger
so i could say i'm not the anger all that's part of the confusion and the the centering on the self rather than the centering on an emotion
is that's where we see the center
but it's not really true that the self as the center but it is true that that there is a thought the self is the center of the consciousness
he can say there is a thought the self is like than the neatest thing in the consciousness angers pretty neat fears pretty neat
greed is pretty neat or maybe they're not so need but the self this is like this is amazing let's put it on the center well it isn't the center but so i'd ever stores everything else but the other thing we don't think everything else in the center
and we're not worried about her anger disappear in a lot of time we be okay for the anchor going away for awhile but not the self
can i go no place we gotta keep their one year because of the way we don't have consciousness but you can have consciousness for a while without anger hits okay you'll be all right you will be all right it'll be all right it'll still be consciousness if there's no anger
but it won't be it has no self so service kind of like i said it comes by it's arrogant
honestly honestly the self is really the best thing unconsciousness consciousness
right now right
but were afflicted by that thought because it's what we think it's it's like the necessary thing but the whatever whenever there's a consciousness the other things are necessary to is just that they're not always there or if some of more actually
there's always feeling but it doesn't get to be the center we don't say feeling center and consciousness
usually we say egocentric
we don't center of the universe on the feelings but
as part of the exercise a liberation you might just just give it a try and make you're feeling the center of of the universe and let this can't let the self be sort over the side
side know just how about little or little okay and we don't and also are are you know aren't whatever emotion we don't usually put up and center even though it could be in the center i sometimes if you're angry is like maybe that's almost like likely can't feel herself but still you do is like i
own the anger still there so check it out
it's there to be study and it's a mess
and compassion will help i study it
thank you so much
may i
a lakes to every being and place where a true married buddha as way beings are numberless ah
to save them delusions are inexhaustible i love to end them die a some boundless ah to enter them buddha as
the way is unsurpassable ah to become

thank you for deserve
giving a reality shop
you're so welcome