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Unskillful Means

I’m reading An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices by Peter Harvey.  He talks about the three roots of unskillful means: greed, hatred, and delusion.  Lama Tsultrim teaches a practice of Nine Purification Breaths at the beginning of Prajna Paramita practice.  The poisons being purified are attachment, anger, and ignorance.  It’s the same principle!  I’ve been working on purifying my unskillful means for the past 11 months without realizing it.  🙂

Greed                                     Hatred                                    Delusion

Attachment                             Aversion                                 Ignorance

Craving                                   Anger

Craving                                   Aggression


(BTW, should Mara attack you by making your pen run out of ink as you’re trying to note an important insight, just get a new pen.  I found that works remarkably well.)


Ven. Dr. Myodo Jabo (Sandy Gougis) is a Zen Master and Priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order. She began studying Theravâdin Buddhism in 1998, adding Zen in 2003, and Vajrayana Buddhism in 2008. She currently practices in both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. Her Zen teacher is Most Ven. Wonji Dharma of the Five Mountain Zen Order, and her Tibetan guru is Lama Tsultrim Allione of Tara Mandala. In her free time, Myodo enjoys painting, jewelry making, and other creative endeavors.

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