The Buddha’s Path to Wisdom

March 28, 2011, Class # 8

Steven Emmanuel, Professor of Philosophy, Virginia Wesleyan College, Facilitating

The Mind, Verses 33-41

The following points were brought out in the discussion by the facilitator, Chuc Thanh and class participants:

- Corporeal means “of the nature of the physical body; not spiritual.”

-  Verse 35 is not referring to curiosity such as a child’s curiosity.  It is referring to “mindfulness.”  Be focused on what we are doing now.  Don’t let our minds wander.

- Children can be aimless.  They can also be very focused, if just for a short time.  They are not burdened with too much knowledge.

- The mind can be easily focused on the negative.  Verse 39 states “…who has surpassed (the dichotomy of) good and evil.”  We must understand that good and evil are perceptions, labels.  Is there really any difference between good and evil?  Can we go beyond “good and evil”?  Is the basic Buddhist concept of suffering evil?

- We must strive to get past that we are separate from good and evil.  We are part of the problem.  We should not pass judgment.  Rather, we should look and act with compassion.

- The Buddha taught that the basic goal for us is to purify our mind.  Let things go. Seek tranquility and equanimity.

Mark Palamara 3-29-11

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