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Difference between optimism and expectation

In vipassana we are asked to be optimist. One can't force themselves or pretend to be optimistic. Instead, optimism, or a positive attitude about life can only come as a result of diligent ...
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Difference between optimism and expectation

To 'expect' is to imagine a particular state of the world and assume or assert that it will come to be. It is a counterfactual that can lead to discontentment and attachment (dukkha and tanhā) if it ...
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Difference between optimism and expectation

You asked about "expectation", but let's start with the word "expect". The word "expect" is used in translations of the suttas in terms of future certainty. DN16:1.4.5: “...
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Did the Buddha say anything about bullying?

The Buddha taught kids to not bully and harm a snake. And that applies to all in general. I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Sāvatthī at Jeta's Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika's ...
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Is identifying with the good always a problem?

The sutta quote below is a good guide. If what one does, although perceived to be good by popular opinion, but in fact increases one's unskillful mental qualities and decreases one's skillful mental ...
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Is identifying with the good always a problem?

If we can agree that "bright" and "good" can be treated as similar, then the Buddha teaches four things about deeds and results. The first three teachings can be used to examine ...
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Two contradictory passages in the Majjhima Nikaya

Dhamma is an explanatory device, a discursive construct meant to make a point. Understanding the point you get what it refers to in your immediate experience. Then you can cultivate and eventually ...
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Two contradictory passages in the Majjhima Nikaya

I think some people say that the parable of the raft is about giving up the Teaching -- or as it seems to be phrased in the question, "relinquishing what is skilful" -- but I don't read it ...
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Two contradictory passages in the Majjhima Nikaya

In MN 22, the term "Dhamma" in the context of the raft simile refers to "the teachings" (based on the context of the sutta), and not to "phenomena" or "mental ...
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