Posted by: Upāsaka | 05/31/2016

I make the firm aspiration to refrain from intentionally exposing myself to any media that inflame lust.

To refrain from intentionally viewing any media that might inflame lust had been much more difficult than it sounds. Naturally there are the grosser forms of media which are completely pornografic in nadir and it is relatively easy to steer clear of them as long as one remains firm in one’s commitments. But, there are so many ways in which I have found myself ensnared and dragged along by the neck like a feckless prey animal caught in a hunter’s trap. 

Generally these are advertisements or clickbait posts on FB and a moment of heedlessness can lead to ignoble preoccupations which unsettle the heart, waste time and divert me from the practice for some time. Call it unnecessary good but after intentionally viewing any media intended only to appear lust I often feel impure for hours after.

In truth, it seems the best way to avoid taking down the rabbit hole is simply to do as Lord Buddha exhorts and guard the sense doors at all times. May up be free from the burning pain of desire and come to the end of suffering.

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