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The Nature of Existence

personperson Where is my mind?'Merica! Veteran
Came across this documentary. The filmmaker interviews people of all religions and walks of life about the deep questions, why are we here?, what is happiness?, what happens when we die?, etc.

It came across as respectful towards all the opinions expressed, even the extreme ones.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/nature-existence/
Jeffrey

Comments

  • personperson Where is my mind? 'Merica! Veteran
    I just wanted to bump this and run it through again in case any missed it in its quick drop.
  • JeffreyJeffrey Veteran
    I thought that the most unreasonable folk things of Buddhism were presented and very few of the attractive teachings.
  • personperson Where is my mind? 'Merica! Veteran
    Jeffrey said:

    I thought that the most unreasonable folk things of Buddhism were presented and very few of the attractive teachings.

    Now that you mention it, I suppose you're right. I think he did that all around though, which I guess is kind of inherent in the type of metaphysical questions he was posing.
  • upekkaupekka Veteran
    we are here (on Earth) because we had hate (we were not satisfied / we suffered / we didn't know why we were suffering)
    we continue because of our craving
    (our existence now and future)

    you read this post now because you had no satisfaction/were suffered (hate)
    you were searching for something to be satisfied (craving)

    we can investigate this through our six sense bases (World)
    no need to travel through out the world (different countries)
    asking questions from different people (external sense bases)
    pegembara
  • Since the nature of existence is impermanence, nothing exist. Things only appear to exist but really there is nothing that truly exist. Before the Big Bang where was the "universe", where was anything?

    All that arise ceases.
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    I made a cup of coffee, and sat this morning watching this...with a
    view out the window. Misty morning, birds, and trees.

    It was a great movie! Better than the last 3 I saw at the theater!

    It was not only respectful...but it was integration well done! I laughed at
    times.....I also learned some stuff, and I really enjoyed listening
    to everyone talking about the same things we do here....
    Some of my laughs were because of the same discussions we had
    here...hahaha. I enjoyed this!
    :clap:
    person
  • The teachings: Ultimately a distraction
    Teachings describing what isn’t
    If the medicine is not correct the patient can get sicker
    Miss diagnosis and over using pointers
    (techniques, mantras, yantras, tantras) make for stuck pointers
    When pointers are overused past their expiration date dogma prevails into fundamentalism
    The rigidity of should’s
    Fixed ideas and positions
    An iron Ox cannot move
    Fixed positions imagining they should be fixed
    A promise of enlightenment
    The reward for one-pointed blindness
    A promise of enlightenment
    Blind Faith with hope
    A bitter combination

    The promise of enlightenment becomes a
    guarantee of eternal bliss
    The Iron Ox remains stuck without any movement
    Appreciate the pointers
    Throw away the should’s of always place and
    position
    Without rules
    Without right or wrong
    Without discrimination
    When the “I” dissolves the body is an empty corpse
    Only illusionary consciousness remains although unnoticed
    Pointers used after their expiration date become
    stuck pointers yielding dogma, rigidity and fundamentalist positions
    The reward for one-pointed blindness
    A promise of enlightenment
    Blind Faith with hope
    A bitter combination
    The promise of enlightenment becomes a
    guarantee of eternal bliss
    Throw the thorn away before it goes bad
    riverflowJeffrey
  • upekkaupekka Veteran
    Vastmind said:

    I made a cup of coffee, and sat this morning watching this...with a
    view out the window. Misty morning, birds, and trees.

    It was a great movie! Better than the last 3 I saw at the theater!

    It was not only respectful...but it was integration well done! I laughed at
    times.....I also learned some stuff, and I really enjoyed listening
    to everyone talking about the same things we do here....
    Some of my laughs were because of the same discussions we had
    here...hahaha. I enjoyed this!
    :clap:

    This morning, same happened to me when I watch the kids program with my grandson


    pegembara
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