Part of an ongoing series of teachings based on Approaching the Buddhist Path, the first book in “The Library of Wisdom and Compassion” series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.
- How to tolerate and learn from others’ viewpoints
- Addressing conflict with compassion
- Six causes of disputes according to the sutras
- Seeing the disadvantages of attitudes that lead to disputes
- Why cooperation is more sustainable than competition
19 Approaching the Buddhist Path: Disagreement and Conflict (download)
- The Buddha lays out the root of disputes (AN 6.36):
“There are, O monastics, these six roots of disputes. What six? Here a monastic is (1) angry and vengeful, or (2) contemptuous and domineering, or (3) envious and miserly, or (4) deceitful and hypocritical, or (5) he has evil desires and wrong views, or (6) he adheres to his own views, holding to them tenaciously and relinquishing them with difficulty.“
Which one of them do you do frequently and which do you see other people do?
- What are the benefits of each and what are the disadvantages?
- What practices can you apply to overcome each of these six roots of disputes?