Buddhism 101: Morality II
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hi welcome back to Buddhism 101 today we'll be continuing to talk about morality with part two which is called the guarding of the senses in Buddhism we recognize there to be six senses and it's nothing magical or or spiritual it's just the five ordinary physical senses seeing hearing smelling tasting feeling and an additional sixth sense being just the mind which is thinking so seeing hearing smelling tasting feeling thinking these are considered to be the six doors if you will to experience or doors to perception so all of our experiences occur at one or another of these doors or all of these senses the guarding of the senses simply means to prevent the mind from cultivating judgments projections extrapolations of reality so subjectivity to try to try to keep the mind at some level of objectivity where we experience the object as it is because this is what will allow us to focus and and to to see things as they are cultivating concentration and wisdom which are and what morality is meant to lead to so the practice of guarding the senses is actually a much more intrinsic or essential form of morality from a Buddhist perspective the consideration or the the idea is that extrapolations judgments projections these are all somehow amoral in the sense that in the specific sense that they lead more to lead to suffering and distress they lead us to misunderstand or to to follow our addictions and our desires and our inversions and our hatreds and our fears and our worries they tend to cultivate these negative states of mind as opposed to simply states of peace and and and clarity of mind they tend to dull and to confuse and to darken the mind so this is really the the the the beginning or the entry level for meditation practice in a Buddhist sense where we begin to pull the mind back from its judgments from its partialities it's categorizing of reality into arbitrary arbitrary categories of acceptable unacceptable good and bad right wrong Me Mine and so on and without having taken the time to really understand what is good what is bad what is right and what is wrong from an objective point of view so the the from this from this point of view a morality is simply bringing the mind back to to reality it said when you see something to have it just be seeing when you hear something to have it just be hearing and nothing else when you experience something to have it just be experiencing that thing and this is accomplished by well it's accomplished in many ways it's firstly accomplished by simply forcing the mind guarding the mind in the sense of when the mind goes out bringing it back saying no no no don't just forbidding the mind to go out it can be done with by and by clamping the mind down or repressing the desires and so on this is a conventional sort of guarding the senses one way is is physically to prevent yourself from from giving rise to likes or dislikes so when you're walking around in the city or driving around driving or whatever riding in the car to not be looking around sightseeing or or trying to take in what's going on around you you have to not allow yourself to see the things that would create desire or a virgin or worry or fear or so on doesn't they close your eyes or lower your gains or so on to avoid specific situations to not go to bars or go to do not watch entertainment entertaining shows or listen to music or so on knowing that it somehow excites you and creates habits of addiction and attachment but obviously this is only going to be a temporary fix and I think it's worth noting and that this will never give rise to to necessary to concentration or or wisdom by itself so from the Buddhist perspective morality it has to be something deeper on an experiential level where even when you see something that would potentially attract you you are able to quickly be objective about it you're able to focus your mind just on the essence of the object so see again seeing is just seeing and this is accomplished by something that we call mindfulness and this is something that I'll get into later you know in a later video but for now basically the the practice of morality requires this ability to capture the object in its essence so when you see something you remind yourself this is seeing just saying to yourself seeing when you hear something you remind yourself CPI hearing when you smell smelling when you taste tasting when you feel feeling when you think thinking guarding the senses from any sort of extrapolation of projection and so the mind grasps the seeing is just an experience and nothing more grasps the experience just as it is this is considered to be morality because it keeps the mind from any any judgment that would cause one to perform any more so any speech that is done that it's performed as a result of our experiences is therefore pure any any actions that are performed as a result of our experience of of the world that are therefore pure and objective so instead of when we see something getting angry about it and and speaking or acting in a way to cause suffering or hear or smell or so on we're able to act rationally and and with clarity of mind so you know not much to say about it it's quite a simple concept but it's really the very essence of Buddhist meditation practice this beginning of the path of cultivating morality where we begin to pull the mind back and eventually the mind will become accustomed to seeing things as they are this will give rise to concentration and therefore wisdom to things that we'll talk about in future videos but for now another aspect of morality really probably the essence of what we mean by morality in in a Buddhist context so very important and important for us to understand at the very outset so that we can get an idea of what is meant by Buddhist morality and Buddhist meditation practice so thank you for tuning in this is Buddhism 101

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