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What does Buddha believe when it comes to negative thoughts?

I struggle a lot with negative thoughts, intrusive thoughts, and even sometimes feeling that I am saying my thoughts out loud. What did Buddha believe when it came to this subject matter? What do you think he would “advise” one to do if they struggle when negative thoughts and ideas?


  1. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

  2. I’m a practicing Buddhist, a Zen Buddhist, and in Zen, we practice what is called shikantaza, which is sitting just to sit. It doesn’t matter what thoughts go on in your head, you still just sit down in meditation and remain quiet. What I’ve found is that whenever I try to stop negative thinking and put an end to it, I just enforce it. If you sit in shikantaza, though, and not have anything you have to think, the thoughts die down on their own because there’s no more resistance against them. It’s the same thing if a doctor gave you medicine and told you not to think of a monkey while taking the medicine. So, when you take the medicine, you’ll think of the monkey! The Buddha wouldn’t tell you what to think and in that way you’ll have nothing you have to think and you’ll be embraced by the silence. Have patience, it won’t happen immediately, but it’ll happen.

  3. Jamil, there are many Sutras (speeches that Buddha gave) and many Dahrma (lesson given by monk) The Dali LLama gave this lesson. Negative thoughts are unnatural, they are unnatural because they do not contribute to the goodness of life. That’s all. So I think that life must be good. So let them be, just observe them in your mind, and let them go, imagine them drifting past you in a river, soon they will be out of sight. of course that goes for good thoughts too, do not cling onto them. Both of these actions cause suffering. Possessions posses, you want something but holding onto it tightly it owns you too. Relax take a deep breathe, no worries.

  4. He considered them a reflection of delusion. He said all problems are caused by greed, hatred and delusion, and they’re all incarnations of only one thing- desire.
    Buddhism requires meditation. When you meditate and see the thoughts for what they truly are- thoughts, which are impermanent and illusory- you can let go. When you let go you wonder why you ever clinged to them at all. That’s a sign of letting go of the veil of delusion.


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