By Venerable Yifa
Do you end up beaten by way of junk? Is your home filled with belongings you have no idea what to do with? Do you consume an excessive amount of dangerous nutrition? Are you concerned with damaging relationships? Do you end up surrounded by means of minutiae or engaged in meaningless dialog? Do you are feeling there is little of worth on your life?
If the reply to any of those questions is ''yes,'' then you definitely have to learn On Junk. sincerely and compassionately, Ven. Yifa explores junk in all its ramifications: junk meals, junk stuff, junk relationships, junk verbal exchange, and junk strategies and emotions. She exhibits how our obsession with materialism, comfort, and the fast paced nature of our society is diminishing our skill to attach wholeheartedly with others and making it tougher for us to steer real lives. via consciously setting apart out what's junk from what's actual, she says, and during practising right-mindedness, we will achieve equanimity, readability of function, precise friendship, and the final word attention of our Buddha-nature.
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And if our response is to be overwhelmed, why should we not expect that the planet’s ecosystems themselves will be overwhelmed? Ultimately, we’re going to be forced to respond to our constant desire for junk and our failure to use it wisely by employing the wisdom of the planet. Nowhere in the universe, so far as we know, is there a more creative or promiscuous manufacturer, or more efficient and ruthless recycler, than planet Earth. Every day it takes the raw materials gathered from the sun and generates and regenerates everything on it, including human beings.
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Authenticity: Clearing the Junk: A Buddhist Perspective by Venerable Yifa