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By Venerable Yifa

Do you end up beaten by means of junk? Is your home jam-packed with things you do not know what to do with? Do you consume an excessive amount of dangerous nutrition? Are you excited about damaging relationships? Do you end up surrounded by means of minutiae or engaged in meaningless dialog? Do you're feeling there is little of worth on your life?

If the reply to any of those questions is ''yes,'' then you definately have to learn On Junk. truly and compassionately, Ven. Yifa explores junk in all its ramifications: junk foodstuff, junk stuff, junk relationships, junk verbal exchange, and junk options and emotions. She indicates how our obsession with materialism, comfort, and the fast moving nature of our society is diminishing our skill to attach wholeheartedly with others and making it more durable for us to guide genuine lives. via consciously setting apart out what's junk from what's actual, she says, and during working towards right-mindedness, we will achieve equanimity, readability of goal, actual friendship, and the final word recognition of our Buddha-nature.

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It’s someone else’s problem. When we can’t recycle our trash on site, we ship it elsewhere, bury it in the ground, or burn it. But, in a perfect example of Buddhist ecology, the junk doesn’t disappear. It merely breaks down (sometimes very, very slowly) into its constituent parts and returns karmically to us in the form of acid rain, polluted rivers, dead oceans, and barren landscapes. The cycle continues: the more stuff we produce, the more there is to throw away, and the more unsteady the world becomes 46 Authenticity as the room to put it in shrinks.

Because Buddhism believes that nothing that we think or do is without consequence, it places limits on the idea that an individual can do whatever they want without hurting someone else. It demands that we think more deeply about our actions and reflect on the possibility that what we do may not have either immediate or visible consequences—that, in fact, we may never know whom we’ve affected, or how much pain or suffering we’ve inflicted. It asks us to be extra cautious in our self-indulgence.

But, in a perfect example of Buddhist ecology, the junk doesn’t disappear. It merely breaks down (sometimes very, very slowly) into its constituent parts and returns karmically to us in the form of acid rain, polluted rivers, dead oceans, and barren landscapes. The cycle continues: the more stuff we produce, the more there is to throw away, and the more unsteady the world becomes 46 Authenticity as the room to put it in shrinks. If we’re having problems organizing the stuff in our houses, how do we expect to be able to organize the stuff on our planet?

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