Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Is Understanding Fear Beneficial?

An article by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism

Fear. We all experience it.

We might feel anxious about our loved ones, our self-esteem, growing old, or even dying. Or we might read the news, see stories of violence, tragedies on India's roads or railways, details of the latest health scare.

What we fear varies according to who we are as individuals, and the environment we live in. In a society driven by competition, we might be fearful of not keeping up with our peers, our neighbours, or colleagues. In a culture driven by the accumulation of material wealth, we might fear the feeling of not having 'enough', or not having as much money as others.

Such fears are extremely common. The good news is that experiencing fear is not a bad thing - it means that you are alive. But being overwhelmed by fear is something different.

Fear in Buddhism

Buddha himself, before he reached Enlightenment, experienced fear like everyone else. He, too, feared growing old, falling ill, and dying. But he realised that fear is like a self-fulfilling prophecy - without understanding the cyclic nature of this world, that which we fear will keep on repeating itself.

To read the full article at The Huffington Post India go to:

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

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