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Fosdick · in its eye are mirrored far off mountains · Veteran


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  • Re: Book of Eights: Chapter 3

    What does it mean to be attached to a view? It seems to me that attachment is very largely a matter of emotional investment in that view.

    Without emotion being involved, it is possible to favor one view over another without attachment, and to accept that the view you favor at the time may not be correct - most likely is not correct - but to decide to go with it anyway until something changes, or you learn something new that bears on it. Then the view can be altered to fit the new situation. No emotion, no problem.

    But emotion is sneaky, it easily arises without our being aware of it - one must always be mindful, always vigilant. Maybe when we are fully enlightened we can relax - but I wouldn't count on it.

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  • Re: When you slow down...

    Acceptance of what is is a good first step beyond the doorway of stillness. For me, I find that I need to go further than that, to actively and deliberately embrace what is with joy. It is possible, maybe even likely, to accept - or to believe that you have accepted - while still harboring a lot of negativity.

    The bad crap, I think, must be greeted with the same energy and enthusiasm as the good.

  • Re: Our original nature - Buddha or Mara?

    Anger and other negative states are always present but only as potentialities , nothing more. To say that they are always present is inaccurate, in my view. They arise, they fade, they arise again, over and over, habitual reactions to particular stimuli. Sometimes we cling to them, and then they never die,

    Buddha nature, our original face before we were born. We have it always, but we are plunged at birth into this cauldron of stimuli, this Samsara thing, and we forget, and we have to seek it out, rediscover it.

    Anger and all that, we don't need to seek that out - it just keeps popping up everywhere until we are fooled into thinking that that is our nature, the natural order of things, but I believe that it is not. Buddhism shows that we have a choice.

    The Christian dogma of original sin, apart from its other shortcomings, is not a useful way of thinking, any more than the notion of our being doomed by the karma of our past lives is a useful way of thinking. They're somewhat similar ideas, actually.