What does Buddhism say about fear
All beings but an awakened one are afraid. The Buddha saw through fear and overcame it.
What is fear Tight! Fear expresses itself in humans and animals, both in the body and in the mind, as suffering (dukkha) in all shades. In a dangerous situation you only see one thing. Because of this constriction, other important information cannot flow into the consciousness. The beings receive the fear mechanism at birth as protection. In addition, there are a myriad of mental fears up to pathological fears, the so-called phobias when looking at spiders or snakes, up to paranoia. Recently a young girl asked me to go with her for a while because there was a hornet by the side of the road. But it was a dragonfly, which was really nice to look at in its purple color. Immediately the girl was no longer afraid and could go on alone.
Take a look around the animal kingdom. The rabbit freezes in fear when it encounters a snake. The gazelle, the wildebeest or the zebra, pursued by the lion, either use all their strength to run away, or they fight back with their horns, teeth or hooves. It is no different with humans. He flees from a vicious dog and other animals that pose a threat to him. He attacks his opponent with fists or weapons. Humans and animals either flee, defend themselves or attack, which is associated with strong feelings of hatred. On the other hand, those who develop empathy instead of hatred will at the same time overcome fear.
How is fear expressed? In the here and now as soon as there is danger. At lightning speed, commands are issued in the body and mind with an increased adrenaline rush, which triggers escape, defense or attack.
How does fear arise? Through perceptions of all six senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, feeling and thinking. In humans, the so-called "I" is added. Losing the self or the self-confidence is probably the worst for almost everyone. Therefore, they make every possible effort to avoid self-harm. The more a person identifies with his body and mind, the more fear he develops.
Types of fears: Loss of wealth, health, partner, job, global fear, triggered by news of the banking crisis, the euro crash and the climate catastrophe.
When does fear occur? Whenever subject and object meet and perception through the senses works. A blind person cannot see when a visible danger is approaching. A deaf person is unable to perceive threatening sounds and steps due to his defective hearing.
Since the range of fears is very large and fears affect all areas of life and cause a lot of mental pain, it is not surprising that remedial action is sought. There are many healing instructions and healing methods. A vast number of healers and helpers are available. Invocations to otherworldly beings and prayers to God are also recommended.
Those who follow the Buddha and know his teachings will find many ways to reduce their fears or to free themselves completely from suffering. Anyone who concentrates on the practice of compassion and applies it in daily life need not fear anyone. There is potential for awakening in every person. It just needs to be pulled out of the latency. As mentioned at the beginning and as shown in the discourse "Fear and Horror" given above, the awakened has overcome all fears because he has seen through them and has achieved perfect virtue.
If we practice virtue, wisdom, and concentration, too, fear will not seize us. Fear can only spread as long as greed, ill will, and delusion are within us. The Buddha says that when we become aware of our good actions in thoughts, words, and deeds, our fears are greatly diminished. Faith in the awakened is a good start to move in the world without fear. - "A good conscience is the best pillow to rest", as the saying goes. If, on the other hand, I let the fear-mediating media act on me continuously, it increases all the time. Our daily urge to be active is largely shaped by fears. It therefore makes sense to look at this in insight meditation. Also the three essential characteristics of impermanence (anicca), Suffer (dukkha) and not-me (anatta) are to be considered. Because nothing stays the same, there is nothing satisfying in this world and no ego support, fear can arise. An awakened one has this three characteristics seen through. For him, fear and fear are permanently done away with. The reader is probably wondering how he can get rid of greed, ill-will and ego-delusion. Frugality or lack of needs is helpful. When one of the five sense objects affects us, we can pause and ask ourselves "do I need this now?" e.g. "do I have to eat now?" When viewed correctly, the desire is diminished. When Socrates went to the market with his students, he said to them: "How many beautiful things are there in the market" - and laughing he continued: "But I don't need anything of what is shown here in splendid colors . " Second, we can use meditation to help. Those who are taught by the Buddha know the law of cause and effect, the twelve-part relationship between the past, present and future. Three links in this chain relate to the present, namely: "The seventh link is the feeling, a sensation (vedana), whereby the eighth link thirst (desire) tanha is conditional. Then the ninth link is grasping upadana. We can recognize these three links in their arising, existence and passing away through the satipatthana- Perceive the method quite well with full mindfulness. This is where the meditator can most effectively intervene, which means that freedom is increasingly experienced as a fruit.
Those who have gained confidence in the awakened and in their teaching have another advantage in dealing with fears. On his awakening night Gotamo saw through all the contexts of existence and the related arrests and achieved Buddhahood. He has the desire for sensual desire (kama-tanha), after existence (bhava-tanha) and not being (vibhava-tanha) finally abandoned.
Fear and trust are mutually related: the more trust, the less fear. With self-confidence and trust in the Buddha, we can live quite fearlessly. Those who want to follow the Buddha's instructions consistently will find everything they need in the eight path.
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