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The Essence of Human Reformationspeech and thought (i.e. mental purity) of those living in that society.
When we consider the subject of reforming human nature, the subject of this book, we mean the transformation process from the untrained to the well-trained mind. The difference between the trained mind and the untrained mind is that the number of mental defilements remaining is more in the latter. The defilements are like the puppets of Platonic shadow-play which cast the shadows of negative core values on the cave-wall mind. When these defilements cause distortion of our core values in relation to the world, from positive to negative ones, as we shall see, thought, speech and action deteriorate in accordance. Thus core values are a key point of leverage in human transformation.transformation process from the untrained to the well-trained mind.
As we shall see in later chapters, on a collective level, the well-being of society at large depends on the behavior, speech and thought (i.e. mental purity) of those living in that society. Just as the human body can be affected by many diseases, there are also different types of defilements that affect the mind. However, they are mainly classified into three types: greed, hatred and delusion. Where do they come from? The Lord Buddha taught that all kinds of defilements originate from our minds. So, defilement is a kind of nature that exists within our minds since our birth. Once aroused by external or internal factors, they can spread out to cover, penetrate, decay, subdue and constrict our minds to have only unwholesome thoughts that result in unscrupulous and selfish behavior.
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