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David · some guy · Veteran


The Hammer in Ontario, Canada, eh
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The Hammer in Ontario, Canada, eh
  • Re: Scary Insight While Meditating

    There is no truly solid ground.
    Stand regardless.

  • Re: Who is it who suffers?

    @JaySon said:

    @David said:

    @JaySon said:
    Is it right to say that the one who suffers is the mentally and emotionally constructed "I"? And if the "I" dissolves then there is no one left to suffer?

    Sure, but then who will tie your shoes?

    We walk the middle way. The individual sense of self or separation can be seen as a tool we use but we don't stop using it just because we can now see it as such.

    The unique perspective you present makes you useful.

    When Buddha woke up, he got up from the tree and used his seemingly separate self to spread the dharma. He could have just let his body rot but that would be a waste. It was a tool.

    Interesting point. That's probably why I've heard one modern mystic who claims to be fully awake say that the ego gets integrated, not dissolved.

    I don't know about being fully awake or anything like that but it would seem to me that when the line between self and other is seen through, we don't disappear or see how we do not exist. We only see how we are more than kin.

    Unique and seemingly infinite aspects of the same process of being.

    Being is not an illusion, separation is. Otherwise compassion is just an ideal that sounds nice instead of a completely logical matter of common sense.

  • Re: Sadly Yet Another Terror Attack In Istanbul Turkey

    @techie said:
    Life is dhukka, said the Buddha.

    Life/material world cannot be fixed. It is what it is. That's why buddha preached liberation from samsara, not solutions to samsara.

    It doesn't need to be fixed, it needs to be understood.

  • Re: We're going to die

    Now I have that jingle for "Ferrymans Mortuary and Funeral Home" from WKRP stuck in my head.

    "There's no way to deny it;
    One day you're gonna buy it"

  • Re: Sadly Yet Another Terror Attack In Istanbul Turkey

    Why try to cure cancer when there are other diseases?

    But seriously @hermitwin, I think most of us are more concerned about the people that are being harmed than worried that we will be next.