Not Disliking Anything

In the Linji Lu (The Records of Linji) is the following passage: “The Self far transcends all things. Even if the whole universe tumbled down, I would have no misgivings. Though all the buddhas in the ten directions might appear before me, I would not rejoice. Even though the three hells might appear before me, I would have no fear, since there is nothing I dislike.”

Imagine not disliking anything. Many years ago, I was struck by how almost every decision I made was based on fear of one thing or another. I try not to make decisions based on fear anymore, but I confess that I definitely do prefer doing some things as opposed to others. In Faith in Mind, the scripture says that the way is not difficult for those who hold no preferences. I am so not there. At this point, the best I can seem to do is to accept my annoyance at activities that I must do regardless of my feelings.

What would happen to the economy if people had no preferences? The whole “faster, better, cheaper” mentality might dissolve. Focus could be placed upon what works best for the majority of us long-term. People could delay gratification. Having delayed gratification for themselves, they could then look around and meet real (as opposed to manufactured by the advertising industry) needs for themselves and others. Creativity could replace expedience.

I’m not sure the world is ready for this.

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About cdhoagpurple

I have an MBA, am married to a GM/UAW retiree with Huntington's Disease. I am more Buddhist than Christian. I plan on moving to Virginia when widowed. I have a friend''s parents that live down there and another friend living in Maryland. I am simplifying my life in preparation for the eventual move.Eight years ago, my husband had stage 4 cancer. I am truly "neither here nor there." My identity shifts and I am always surprised where I end up. 2015 was my hardest year ever. This is my Dark Night of the Soul. Welcome to it.

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