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Dealing With Sexual Desire and Other Unwholesome Thoughts

Posted by Tiki on June 1, 2009 at 11:20 PM

The top hindrance to samadhi is desire. For example sexual desire. There are a few things we can do to temporarilly off-set these thoughts of desire.

1. Think about something else that is wholesome.  ( ie..the dharma)

2. Consider the drawbacks

With everything, there is a negative side to it. During moments of desire we tend to overlook and only see the positive side. Only after do we realize the negative aspect and regret it.

3. Pay no attention to the unwholesome thought

Sometimes a thought arises and we just perpetuated by staying with it and going along with it. Notice it and ignore it.

4. Relax thinking

5) Using our will power,mental strength and effort to dissolve the thought.

Only after trying the other four gentler methods do we resolve to this method.

MN 20 Vitakkasanthana Sutta : The Relaxation of Thoughts

Categories: Overcoming Obstacles On The Path of Samadhi, Contentment vs. Bondage to Desires

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