Why do we cry?

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SarathW
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Why do we cry?

Post by SarathW » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:37 am

I just wonder whether Buddha say anything about why we cry.
We cry when we are happy, sad, with fear, sometimes without apparent reason,sometimes we cry inside.
Is crying unwholesome?
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Re: Why do we cry?

Post by cooran » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:11 am

I don't think it is a choice - it is a reaction that occurs spontaneously.

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Re: Why do we cry?

Post by cooran » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:21 am

This quote from the Buddha in paragraph 58 may be of interest

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/bud ... ples09.htm

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Re: Why do we cry?

Post by Digity » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:53 pm

I don't think labelling crying unwholesome is skillful. It might lead to emotional repression for some.

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Re: Why do we cry?

Post by denise » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:41 pm

heard that crying changes body chemistry...for the better :cry:

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Re: Why do we cry?

Post by plwk » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:05 pm

I don't think it is a choice - it is a reaction that occurs spontaneously.
And from my experience, some quite contrived too, hence the ancient phrase 'crocodile tears'... :tongue:

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Re: Why do we cry?

Post by Mkoll » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:19 pm

plwk wrote:And from my experience, some quite contrived too, hence the ancient phrase 'crocodile tears'... :tongue:
Indeed. Good actors can virtually cry on demand.
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Re: Why do we cry?

Post by paul » Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:56 am

Crying is the result of excessive emotion and in the practice devotion to that extent would be detrimental to the balance necessary. In the five spiritual faculties, faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom, faith does have a devotional aspect which strengthens beliefs but only until they are confirmed by experience (wisdom).

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