Why should we talk about fear? Our minds will conjure up all sorts of things to be afraid of.
Series: Fear (BBCorner 2008-09)
A series of talks on the many aspects of of our lives that we may have fear towards—death, identity, the future, health, the economy, loss, separation, and more; touching also on the wisdom of fear and the different antidotes to ease our fears.
The difference between wisdom fear and panicky fear. Fear in Buddhism is an awareness of danger—the potential to experience suffering.
Anxiety about the state of the world can be eased by reflecting on the kindness in the world and maintaining a balanced view.
Thought training techniques to work with the fear of dying.
One of our biggest fears is losing our identity, and this very much feeds into our fear of death.
Anxiety and doubt come from a fear of making a commitment, making the wrong choice. We can learn proper criteria for decision making.
We can learn to view the future in a reasonable way, rather than generating fear and anxiety over things that have not yet happened.
We do have to think of the future in a reasonable way. Thought training helps us to transform the difficulties we encounter into the path—we learn from them.
We can view illness or injury in a more beneficial way by considering that our experience is a result of karma we can use that to generate compassion for others
Cultivating contentment and not getting caught up in consumerism eases our anxiety, no matter the economic situation.