Just thought I'd share this teaching by Ajahn Chah... It's some pretty serious Dharma.
"All creatures in this world are plagued by nothing other than suffering. There is only suffering disturbing the mind. Studying the Dhamma is for the purpose of utterly destroying this suffering. If suffering arises it's because we don't really know it. No matter how much we try to control it through will power, or through wealth and possessions, it is impossible. If we don't thoroughly understand suffering and its cause, no matter how much we try to ''trade it off'' with our deeds, thoughts or worldly riches, there's no way we can do so. Only through clear knowledge and awareness, through knowing the truth of it, can suffering disappear. And this applies not only to homeless ones, the monks and novices, but also to householders: for anybody who knows the truth of things, suffering automatically ceases."
From another thread:
May we all become Buddhas so we can best help everyone else become Buddhas then they can help others become Buddhas and then those Buddhas can help others become Buddhas.
That is the Mahayana plan. It is a good plan, much needed in a world of un-Buddhas, sleeping through existence. How to wake each other up? For me it is attune and resonate with whatever skilful components others provide.
It might be a chan handbook
provided here in the resources section ...
It might be as we individually share our resources of kindness, wisdom, experiences, failings and success ...Yes we can learn from ignorance ... but so much better the company of Buddhas ...
Are you planning for waking or just a comforting zzz ...
I like this concept I heard in a teaching by Joseph Goldstein. He describes the state of mind that he has gotten into at times when he looks through a catalog. After a little bit of browsing he finds himself not just seeing what is in there but he starts wanting to find things to want.
I went to the store today to just grab a plastic bin for storage, then I started walking up and down the aisles to see if there was anything else I wanted to buy. The idea of catalog consciousness came to mind and I noticed how I didn't really need or want anything else but with all the stuff there I just got into the state of mind looking for things to want.
I've heard Andrea Fella say something similar in that when we get something we want it temporarily makes us happy so we start looking for other things to want so we can get it and get that same rush.
IMO they've laid out in a pretty articulate way our consumer society and how we end up powering our craving in an attempt to get that jolt of happiness that comes from getting what we want, even the small things.
Joseph goes on to say that it is akin to an addiction and that being free from that addiction of wanting to want is a much greater type of peace and happiness. I've been able to get there sometimes when I can get away from life, but I don't know how or even if it is really possible to hold onto.
I was raised to be pretty frugal with money, but recently my income has gone up some and I've found myself looking to buy items that I would normally manage to do without, like a new air conditioner or nice hiking boots. Getting caught up in wanting to want things ends up getting exhausting.
Anyone else have experiences with looking for happiness in wanting to want things too?