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Guilt is like the second arrow.
Blame is a waste of time. If there is a problem, fix it. If it can't be fixed, learn and let go.
I came across this interesting article....
Although long revered in India as a sacred plant of Shiva, ganja has, as we have seen, significant physical, emotional and spiritual impacts. In its ancient cultural setting, it has for centuries been used by world renouncing sadhus in conjunction with fasts and severe austerities.
In such a context, ganja could potentially be of value on the spiritual path, although this author has rarely met a ganja-smoking sadhu who had attained the ultimate goal. Taken out of its cultural context and introduced into a party lifestyle unheard-of in ancient tradition, ganja has become far more problematic.
No doubt there are Buddhist practitioners who smoke tobacco and or ganja and drink alcohol.... Just for the record....I neither drink alcohol nor smoke tobacco or ganja...I stopped doing these things many moons ago ...But as I mentioned before ....Different strokes for different folks....Each to their own...
Personally, ganga is all I partake in these days and its usually only when the insomnia/chronic dreaming phase hits or the migraines are too much.
I also have worsening chronic tinnitus which sometimes makes me want to drive an ice pick through my temples when the migraines gives it that extra painful dimension.
Somehow I am not at all worried about the grey matter but perhaps that's due to the ginko biloba and Maca root.
I am basically a health nut now and in the best shape of my life aside from the head stuff I mentioned.
I think at least part of letting go is setting the thing free. When we know we can live without it, we can actually enjoy it more than if we cling. We can watch it change and grow without feeling threatened and we can better change and grow without remorse.
I think it's about just a bit more than that so we will just have to agree to disagree and I hope it works out for you.
We may not even be looking at emptiness or Nagarjuna the same way and I'll be damned if I'm getting into that pain in the ass discussion again any time soon.
Beware the ego though... as illusory as it is, it tries to trick us into thinking we got it beat and the others are fools.
The ego, the "I," exists only in mere name. It can't be found within the mind/body complex or outside of it. You have been functioning without it for your entire life.
By "destroy the ego" I mean to understand it doesn't actually exist in the first place except in mere name, as merely a label you have slapped onto your aggregates.
This is the madhyamaka prasangika view, the ultimate view of emptiness.
Leaving aside that madhyamaka is all about the Middle for now, and seeing how the "I" or "ego" only exists conventionally, do you agree that seeing it as a tool is better than trying to actually destroy it?
When I say "ego" I mean any and all expressions of an individualistic nature (Remember me, Brahman, as awakened) not just the negative aspects we outgrow with the dharma.
Remember I'm just sharing my understanding and not claiming exclusivity of truth about the fine details of the Buddhist process. These places are like free trade for perspectives. I feel I should point this out because usually, this is where the fangs come out, lol.