Overcoming our negative qualities and perfecting our positive ones.
No good comes of no good.
Let a wise man remove impurities from himself even as a silversmith removes impurities
from the silver: one after one, little by little, again and again.
All contaminated phenomena are unsatisfactory.
Seal Two of the Four Seals of Buddhism
The implication is that those things that do not arise from such contaminated causes
can be satisfying and fulfilling. When we talk about contaminated phenomena in this
context, we are referring to events and experiences that arise under the power of
negative impulses, or afflictive thoughts and emotions; they are called “contaminated”
because they are tainted by the pollutants of the mind. That is why they are fundamentally
unsatisfying, and why their nature is said to be duhkha, or suffering.
... the causes and conditions that give rise to the origination of a thing are the
very causes and conditions that also plant the seed for its cessation.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama – “Transforming the Mind – Eight verses on generating
compassion and transforming your life”
Intentions, mental defilements, and karmic actions
If your intentions are influenced by mental defilements, then the resulting actions
are said to be “karmic actions” according to Buddhism. Karmic actions are said always
to be troublesome and to have negative effects on the person who does them, not to
mention on the other people affected.
Actions that affect others, and whose intentions do not have mental defilements,
are fully aligned with the Healing Principle and the Definition of Goodness. According
to Buddhism, these actions lead to happiness.
A Bright Line is a line you would never step over, a rule you would never break,
under any circumstances.
It is often worth thinking about a Bright Line at your leisure, in advance, fixing
it in your mind so that you won’t forget it under pressure.
For example, if there is someone you love very fiercely, you may decide in advance
that you will sacrifice almost anything for them.