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I would say that there is a difference between sitting around in a drum circle, smoking dope and talking about this stuff and what it does to the mind when taken to heart in a meaningful way.
Damn hippies new-agers!
I think I was a cockney chimney sweep, like in Mary Poppins.
On that we will have to agree to disagree until you can show me a sutta that specifically says emptiness denotes a lack of existence. Not a lack of inherent existence or a lack of independent existence but a complete lack of being.
I have never argued that emptiness denotes a lack of existence or lack of being ( whatever that means ).
Your straw-man comments are further evidence that you have completely missed the point of these teachings.
@lobster said:> It takes a very determined, perhaps strong willed person to just be single mindly mindful and undistracted. It can be done.
Like most things, it gets easier with practice. Obviously you start where you are, and build up. Life becomes much more interesting when you are really paying attention and noticing.
@Kerome said:If I remember my Tibetan Buddhism correctly, there were only 4 positive mind states and something like 41 negative ones.
Only 41?! Sheer luxury!