The Comparing Mind

Most people probably consider ourselves open-minded, but all of us have hidden biases when it comes to viewing ourselves in relation to others or when viewing others in relation to ourselves. These sorts of mental formations appear only with the right trigger, and sometimes their effects are subtle enough that we are not even aware of their presence. To take a relatively simple example, how do you feel about bowing? Bowing to friends? Bowing to strangers? Bowing to statues? Bowing to those in power? How does this movement land on the mind?

During this week’s Sangha gathering, Payton explored three unwholesome comparisons – judging yourself better than another, judging yourself lesser than another, and judging yourself equal to another – with the aid of a talk by Christina Feldman.

You can listen to Christina’s full talk here: