Continuing on the topic of the Four Mindfulnesses, of the body, feeling, mind, and all phenomena, the next verses examine mindfulness of feeling and describe how our thoughts will override a feeling through imputation. For example, Rinpoche says the quality of a sad thought can change when a joyful event is experienced, and he asks where the sad thought gone to? Is it still there? And when the joy diminishes, why does the sadness return? Any feelings of joy, sadness, suffering are a mental response to circumstances, thoughts or occurrences; they are not solid because they subside and change as the outer or inner experience changes.
The antidote to living at the mercy of ones’ feelings is through meditation and analysis; by examining the thought process that creates feelings and makes them solid, we can train the mind to change the dynamic.
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Question: Dear Rinpoche, I have a question about stanza 92. I understand logically that feelings and the objects causing these feelings are relative, but when I think about cruelty, especially towards children, I feel it is wrong because there is hurt and the victim cannot escape, or do anything. So, I feel we should also work on changing external causes, like changing the law to protect vulnerable beings in this case. Thank you for commenting on this. Louis