Unskillful Means

I’m reading An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices by Peter Harvey.  He talks about the three roots of unskillful means: greed, hatred, and delusion.  Lama Tsultrim teaches a practice of Nine Purification Breaths at the beginning of Prajna Paramita practice.  The poisons being purified are attachment, anger, and ignorance.  It’s the same principle!  I’ve been working on purifying my unskillful means for the past 11 months without realizing it.  🙂

Greed                                     Hatred                                    Delusion

Attachment                             Aversion                                 Ignorance

Craving                                   Anger

Craving                                   Aggression


(BTW, should Mara attack you by making your pen run out of ink as you’re trying to note an important insight, just get a new pen.  I found that works remarkably well.)


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