Discouraging Negative Emotional States

As we all contend with the stress of the coronavirus, one teaching of the Buddha comes to mind as very helpful. This is the teaching on Right Effort or Right Diligence (virya), This teaching concerns emotional regulation. It has four aspects: 1,/discouraging negative emotional states from arising, 2/ encouraging negative emotional states, once arisen, to become dormant again, 3/ encouraging positive emotional states to arise, and 4/ encouraging positive emotional states, once arisen, to stay in consciousness longer. Today I will focus on the first aspect: discouraging negative emotional states from arising. All of these teachings are based on the fact that emotional states are all imperma

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