Hear Master Sheng Yen discuss depression:
Some points I picked up:
- in today’s world, people have to play many roles. This is unlike in the past with agricultural communities where human relationships were much simpler and the roles played were clear and defined.
- Now, things are also constantly changing. In the past. things changed over a long time.
- One has to adapt to keep up with these changes (in our many roles) and there is increased anxiety of failing behind and not being able to adapt.
- One loses his independence, loses sleep
- Contributing to the increase of mental illnesses, depression.
- And here is where Buddhism can help us understand all this and provide refuge
- Master Sheng Yen quoted one principle: To adapt while not changing by applying the principles.
- Also, to reduce our desires, pursue fewer things we don’t need so as to protect our mental balance
- One should learn but shouldn’t worry; one should compete but we should not feel afraid
- Feeling afraid doesn’t do one any good