They say in Buddhism there are 108 defilements, or sins, that take you away from reaching a peaceful state. Based on my watching of the TV show Lost, its seems 108 is an important number in Buddhism.
I was up in North Conway this past weekend at a shop that had these cool 108 mala beads out make out of lotus seeds. I bought one and thought about the idea of going through each 108 beads and thinking of the defilements and contemplating how they have been in play in my life. Maybe even think about how to avoid them and ways I can be a better person.
As I understand it, these defilements are the things that lead to pain.
They are often based in desire. I’m not sure I fully subscribe to the idea of giving up all desire as the path to peacefulness and health. It certainly would be a more peaceful way of living, but more like a sense of asceticism. Leaving the world and just existing.
So maybe I’ll start with just kind of contemplate each of these in my life. If other people want to do it—the whole list is below. I don’t think there is a right way or wrong way to do this—more just contemplating for a little bit throughout the day.
41 eagerness for power
49 greed for money
84. lack of comprehension
107.desire for fame