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hi its me again, I know I'm new and I've got so much respect for you guys that you wouldn't believe. My first discussion maybe wasn't the best approach, even thou I've been a Buddhist for 40 odd years I've never really talked to other Buddhists , so I was curious on your thoughts. I believe learned from pass life experiences brought forward a strong sense of compassion at an early age which set me up well for the reincarnation I choose. humbly I really am interested on your thoughts, what you think not what you have read or been told by others. In the future some of my questions are really going to be outside the illusion. I really don't have a ego to feed and respect everyone's thoughts on the subject even if there not mine, isn't that how we grow.
Ive been slowly leaning towards the tibeten tradition. I took refuges in Zen but I honestly dont know anything about Zen, especially Vietnamese Zen where we have patriarch, bodhisattvas, and many Buddha's we give respect to.
A tibetin monk finally decribed what consciousness and mindsteam meant. I feel that what I do in this life affects the future. When our physical body dies, our mind continues. What we think is ourselves from body and mind "the I" changes and decays. The nature of our mind-potential to enlightenment-doesnt decay. We are born into a new body and each body we are born into we may have more or little advantage to pracrtice The Dharma. All are influenced by our actions today. When the earth turns there is no destination. Circles dont have a beginning nor an ending point. So too is life. No beginning. No end. Life goes on without us.
My past life? I never thought of it. Nowadays, Im thinking if my actions today and situation where results of a pastlife. I mean, my actions today affect my situation in the future. Since death is a continuum, I see no difference. I keep having Holocoast dreams and I wonder if my pastlife have to do with that. Though Im not that young, so maybe a similar situation where my religious freedom is limited.
I mean, it makes sense. If our goal is to end going through samsara and our life/mind is a continuum, why wouldnt we think our actions now dont affect us after rebirth? Im learning to see a bit further in advance in that light so I wont be running a treadmill.
I have reviewed many topics of conversation on many websites that propose to have buddhist inclination, and end up being bored stiff with the same old answers.
Sadly few of them really provide meaningful answers to many earnest questions, that many new people who come to the buddhist forums are really seeking.
The sad fact is that there is certain types of (good and bad) banter, and yes there are allusions and references to standard scriptural reference;, but apart from acknowledging that the human condition as nothing more than "suffering" and yet more 'suffering' ad nauseam, ad infinitum, what is the human condition from your perspective? I find it quite refreshing sometimes. Like when I get a surprise present, or an ad hoc visit to or from someone I haven't seen in a decade or so. Like when I saw an elderly relative after they had a bowel cancer operation last week.
its not all sad and bad...
Human condition: Everything is in the process of change. That change good or bad is temporary. It is impermanence. The result is suffering. It's not "inherited sin" if put in that light.
For example, if you sat in your work chair for hours straight, your enlightenment is you want to stand up. That gives you temporary relief. So, the day ends and you stand, feeling relieved of your pain. Then you stand for hours and want to sit down. So standing isn't enlightenment nor is siting because we, until we "get it" are standing and siting all our lives before fully understanding both positions are a start of understanding the human condition if one likes (acknowledging suffering). Then you acknowledge the cause of suffering. Why do you want to stand? Why do you want to sit? When will there be a time where you don't need to do either? Find the solution. What is the solution? It's not to stand. It's not to sit. Once you find it (in The Dhamma) then you practice it. You experience it. No sit. No stand. No self. Emptiness. You know this by meditating. It's the last of the noble truths. There is a way from suffering (sitting and standing to get relief from either by performing the other).
We go through life times of trying to understand the four noble truths through practicing the eight-fold path as a simple, very very simple explanation of practice. All surrounded in impermanence. No human condition. Nothing inherited. Just the fact we are born we are dying. In that process of dying, we suffer. Lifetimes and lifetimes of standing and siting. It's exhausting. But then The Buddha finally understood it and he died. He no longer stands or sits. Perfect peace. No rebirth.
I find it nice to apply the noble truths to everyday situations. Acknowledge. Cause. Solution. Method. To stand or to sit. That is the question.
There are actually 3 levels of dukkha...
... and there are two types of sukkha:
1) Our sukkha may depend on external causes and the fulfillment of our wants and expectations.
This type of sukkha is unfortunately entangled with attachments, unwholesome tendencies, and frustrations.
In a nutshell, second-arrow dukkha.
2) Our sukkha may be the product of a mental condition by which we see things as they are -not as we want them to be-, stop colouring reality with valorations such as 'good' or 'bad,' we are deeply accepting and unruffled by what we cannot change, and simply enjoy life in the here and now, when it's party-time.
We eat when hungry, sleep when tired, rejoice when life is sweet, accept when dukkha blows.
Life is what it is: impermanent, dukkha and no-self.
Whether you like it or not, @satcittananda.
Whether you want to stare at it in the eyes or not.
Independently of whether you prefer to overlook the ugly stuff.
That does not mean that we cannot be happy in moments that call for celebration.
You know. I never heard of the word Sukkha before. Something new today.
"There are, O monks, these three feelings: pleasant feelings, painful feelings, and neither-painful-nor-pleasant feelings."
Be it a pleasant feeling, be it a painful feeling, be it neutral,
one's own or others', feelings of all kinds —
he knows them all as ill, deceitful, evanescent.
Seeing how they impinge again, again, and disappear,
he wins detachment from the feelings, passion-free.
~Sukha Sutta: Happiness
@Carlita said: ...My issue is attachment. Not part of the precepts but The Buddha has so many types of number of guidences that what you do well in one set tips you up in another set.
I'm afraid I don't agree.
The Buddha's message is simple, and I cannot think of any instance where adhering to his Pprinciples would ever trip anyone up.
The key is not to complicate.
The key is to simplify.
He had a number of guiding principles (just to help you, because I don't think English is your first tongue...? There's no such word as 'guidences') but the ones we might perceive as being 'more complicated', were for the ordained members of his sangha; yet to those wishing to ordain as monks (and nuns!) these Principles made sense.
But we don't need to over-think this.
And it's not what the Buddha intended.
His simple message was this:
Pubbe cāham bhikkhave etarahi ca dukkhañ c'eva paññāpemi dukkhassa ca nirodham ('Both now and formerly, monks, it is just suffering that I make known and the ceasing of suffering') (M. 22: i,140)
The fact that he laid out his 'mission' so simply, is evident to me that overthinking everything merely muddies the waters.
Just my 2 cents.
Eh. It is simple. This is what I meant:
- Four ways to arahantship
- Four kinds of person
- Six recollections
- Four establishments of mindfulness (good read and meditation practice)
- Four noble truths
- Eight fold path
- Six sense basis
Its interesting that its put into sets, The Dhamma. There are more. Makes it hard where to start after you get pass the basics.
The Four Establishments of Mindfulness.(Satipatthana Sutta) The Unattractiveness of the Body, one of the four, can help with the precept of attachment to beauty.
They are meditation guides. I dont learn from breathing. I have to use my noddle as well.
I like to study since Ive been to college a quarter of my adult life. I havent got through the full book I have of The Buddha's discourses. Its a goal though.