Delusion

Masks 

Delusion is our wrong understanding or wrong views of reality.  

Delusion is our misperception of the way the world works; our inability to understand the nature of things exactly as they are, free of perceptual distortions.  

Influenced by delusion, we are not in harmony with ourselves, others, or with life; we are not living in accordance with Dharma.  

Affected by the poison of delusion, which arises from ignorance of our true nature, we do not understand the interdependent and impermanent nature of life. Thus, we are constantly looking outside of ourselves for happiness, satisfaction, and solutions to our problems. This outward searching creates even more frustration, anger, and delusion.  

Because of our delusion, we also do not understand the virtuous, life-affirming actions that create happiness, nor do we understand the non-virtuous, negative, and unwholesome actions that create suffering.  

Again, our delusion binds us to a vicious cycle where there does not appear to be any way out. 

 

Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.

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