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Paradox

From another thread ...

Ultimately, both Samsara and Nirvana are frames of mind, with dukkha blocking the view, I guess...

One of the most wonderful insights is when on the far shore, realising 'samsara = nirvana'. Ay caramba all that raft building ...
What a paradox. Here are some more, maybe you have some?

  • No-God is a higher understanding of Divinity.
    https://thekyotoschoolofphilosophy.wordpress.com/non-mysticism/

  • Don't speak of the Tao (also available as a book, Tao-Te-Ching)
    Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind become still.
    The ten thousand things rise and fall while the self watches their return.
    They grow and flourish and then return to the source.
    Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
    The way of nature is unchanging. Knowing constancy is insight.
    Not knowing constancy leads to disaster.
    Knowing constancy, the mind is open.
    With an open mind, you will be openhearted.
    Being openhearted, you will act royally.
    Being royal, you will attain the divine.
    Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.
    Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
    And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.

  • Don't think of an elephant
    https://lifeasahuman.com/2010/mind-spirit/spirituality-and-religion/learning-buddhism-getting-beyond-paradox-and-confusion/

BuddhadragonShoshinFosdickHozanKerome

Comments

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    "I" stand in my own Way...

    A gateless gate... is difficult to open, because it's never closed...

    To be mindful is to be mindless, so if one is mindless, how can one be mindful ......or less :)

    The Tao is the Way..... to .....Nowhere......fast :)

    BuddhadragonHozan
  • BuddhadragonlobsterShoshinnakazcid
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Not necessarily the best satnav...

    Shoshinnakazcid
  • It ain't necessarily so.
    One of the traits of Buddhist Dharma and bad mysticism is holding one viewpoint ...

    Holding opposing, contrary and even more than three viewpoints, can be beyond our capacity but not necessarily impossible ...

    This is how the wrathful tantric deity can be considered more compassionate ... Like the violent Roshi who is more compassionate than the gentle new age zenith ...

    I think, therefore Yam (Descartes)
    We're yamming (Bob Marley)
    I yam not (Buddha)

    BuddhadragonHozanperson
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    Sure, @lobster

    "Do I contradict myself?
    Very well, then I contradict myself.
    I am large, I contain multitudes"
    ~Walt Whitman
    🐉🌸🌺

    Hozanlobsterperson
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited December 2018

    When my mind (whatever she is) is clear as a gong, I know how to thunk ...

    https://www.uwosh.edu/facstaff/barnhill/244-intro/paradoxes-in-buddhism

    ... however clarity is star
    light and we are our Sun

    To put it another way: star dust has swept us a Way.

    BuddhadragonCarameltailHozan
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Paradoxically speaking...

    "I" don't like my "self" ... so I have come up with a devious plan in which I will get rid of my self by luring my self into a mind trap ( using a gateless gate) made by none other than my self ..... I will use my self's desires as bait ....aren't I the clever one ;)

    My self being a saboteur extraordinaire I will have to be on my guard for any self sabotage.... ...I must expect the unexpected when dealing with my self......mind you... come to think of it... what I'm actually doing to my self 'is' kinda like self sabotage.... go figure...

    Paradox is such a wonderfool thing to wrap one's head self around...

    HozanBuddhadragon
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    Paradoxes are only viewed as such because we have learned to think in duality binomies.

    If we are able to rise above the microscopic view of duality and learn to see with an interconnecting eye, paradoxes cease to exist.

    lobsterHozan
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited December 2018

    Thanks everyone <3

    I feel we are getting to the heart mother of the Zen Cohen ...

    Yes contrary to expectation but also encompassing more than the binary petals of the complete flowering

    HozanKeromeBuddhadragon
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran
    edited December 2018

    To think about enlightenment, going beyond the mind, with only the mind as a tool, is indeed a little paradoxical... we cannot get a view of the outside of the mind, the complete elephant, only the various aspects of the inside. And that is less steady than we might think

    And a discussion from earlier...

    http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/25525/your-self-is-only-a-hallucination

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