Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Daily Dharma: Skillful vs Unskillful

Today's Daily Dharma from Tricycle:

Skillful Versus Unskillful

Rather than dividing thoughts into classes like "good" and "bad," Buddhist thinkers prefer to regard them as "skillful" versus "unskillful." An unskillful thought is one connected with greed, hatred, or delusion. These are thoughts that the mind most easily builds into obsessions. They are unskillful in the sense that they lead you away from the goal of Liberation. Skillful thoughts, on the other hand, are those connected with generosity, compassion, and wisdom. They are skillful in the sense that they may be used as specific remedies for unskillful thoughts, and thus can assist you toward Liberation.

~ Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book.

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