108 kinds of emotional distress by Grand Master Sifu Benny Meng

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Benny Meng is an Mater Level Instructor in many Martial Arts. I study Shaolin Wing Chun under one of his students. This is taken from a post he made on Facebook. What makes his Wing Chun system “Shaolin” is that he teaches Chan Buddhism along with the physical movements. Chan is also used in fight stratagy. If you are anywhere near a Meng’s Location I highly recommend checking it out.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Gotama Buddha

108 kinds of emotional distress: This doctrine is from the Abhidharma; The different kinds of Emotional Distress are the afflictions of mind that stain or defile comprehension of realities (dharmas). Most kinds are conceptual errors (false views) and can be eliminated by the path of insight, which is proper knowledge of the four truths. The most intractable must be eliminated through the cultivation of meditation practice because they are habitual and ingrained compulsions.

1) disbelief in cause & effect

2) clinging to views

3) belief in the ego

4) belief in extremes

5) belief that rituals will lead to salvation

The 108 different kinds are calculated as follows:

There are 36 in the Realm of Desire:

10 eliminated by knowledge of the Truth of Suffering: greed, hatred, ignorance, conceit, doubt & the five false views (disbelief in cause & effect, clinging to views, belief in the ego, belief in extremes, and belief that rituals will lead to salvation)

7 eliminated by knowledge of the Truth of Origination: The above ten except belief in the ego, belief in extreme views, and belief that rituals will lead to salvation

7 eliminated by knowledge of the Truth of Extinction: The same as above

8 eliminated by knowledge of the Truth of the Path: The same as above except belief in that ascetic practice or rituals will lead to salvation is added.

4 eliminated only through practice of meditation: greed, hatred, ignorance & conceit – To a degree these four can be eliminated by knowledge of the Four Truths as conceptual errors, but there is a habitual and ingrained aspect to these that can only be eliminated by the intensive practice of introspective meditation. Doubt and the Five Views can be entirely eliminated through knowledge.

There are 31 each in the Realms of Form & Formlessness (Total of 62): In these two realms there is no hatred because they are purified from the desire for food or sex. Since the Realm of Desire associated with much suffering, it is easier to eliminate the relatively more crude afflictions. Since the Realms of Form & Formlessness are associated with more subtle kinds of contentment, it is more difficult to eliminate these afflictions.

9 eliminated in each by knowledge of the Truth of Suffering (like above but without hatred)

6 eliminated in each by knowledge of the Truth of Origination (like above but without hatred)

6 eliminated in each by knowledge of the Truth of Extinction (like above but without hatred)

7 eliminated in each by knowledge of the Truth of The Path (like above but without hatred)

3 eliminated in each by greed, ignorance, & conceit

The 10 secondary afflictions (Upaklesas): absence of shame, absence of embarrassment (before others), envy, stinginess, regret, sleepiness, restlessness (distraction), sloth, anger, and the concealment of wrongdoing.

36 + 31+ 31 + 10 = 108

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