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The Disadvantages of the Self-Cherishing Mind

This tree that bares the fruit of pain,
Whose branches are the faults of mind,
Is rooted in illusion's plain.
 
The base and cause of these remain,
Yet truth of source is much maligned;
This tree that bares the fruit of pain.
 
A sole regard is but the same,
As those who seek, yet who are blind,
And rooted in illusion's plain.
 
With sour crop from branches vain,
Yields that's which sown in its own kind,
This tree that bares the fruit of pain.
 
When deeds are done in one's own name,
From grasping's soil grows creeping vine,
Are rooted in illusion's plain.
 
Look not beyond the self for blame,
Our suff'ring and our greed entwined -
The tree that bares the fruit of pain,
Is rooted in illusion's plain.
Sky_dancer
Written by Sky_dancer (The Cosmic Dragon)
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Author's Note
Building the mind of Bodhichitta, we look at where suffering comes from. Buddha gives us this meditation on the root cause of suffering - the self-cherishing mind. We need not blame anything else.
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