Altruism in Buddhism

Altruism in Buddhism

Lets turn attention to altruism and tease out its place in the developing individual practice of Buddhism. here we can explore the effects of Altruism on the mind and hopefully show the central place of developing a faculty of altruism and hat that might look like. We will look at the ‘path’ and ‘transformation’ aspects of Buddhist effort in the second talk,

In this talk we are going to turn our attention to mental states , mental ambiances, atmospheres. We are going to muse about what kind of mental events; sensations , feelings , emotions and thoughts can arise out of these states and how they events in turn affect the states. We are looking into the gap not so much a gap, more a space that opens up between the mental state that arises in a situation, the events that occur and the mind states that result. Its a dynamic process in continuous flux.

Within this flux of mental states and events we will attend to the difference between closed and constrained mental states and open and expansive mental states.

We will look at the pain associated with not being able to think outside the box of mental states driven by strong and overpowering emotions. We will be looking at the mind of Scrooge there. where value is monetary and life increasingly meaningless. In contrast we can look at the mental states that give rise to regard and appreciation of our self and others, spontaneous generosity and increasing meaningfulness. tending towards the mind of a Buddha.