Today is this month’s New Moon Uposatha, and today I have my thoughts on the idea of the eight worldly preoccupations, sometimes called the eight worldly dharmas.
For those who might not be familiar, the eight worldly dharmas described as being concerned with the following dualistic concepts:
- Getting what you want, and avoiding getting what you do not want
- Wanting (instant) happiness, and not wanting unhappiness
- Wanting fame, and not wanting to be unknown
- Wanting praise, and not wanting blame.
Using this as a guide, starting today I will be considering the motivations for my actions. Contemplation of why we do things, even seemingly small things, can and should speak volumes to us about how much we are really thinking of others, or really just thinking of ourselves under a veil of thinking of others.
For instance, even starting this blog has it’s roots in the idea of self. I like to think that I can slowly put selfish constructs aside as I share my thoughts with those who choose to read them, perhaps benefiting everyone, but I think we all would do well to admit that we like talking about ourselves and our experiences, otherwise I imagine most of us wouldn’t bother starting blogs at all.
I hope you are at peace today and that this Uposatha is fruitful for you. Be well, friends.