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  • Re: Resources to start with.

    Also to learn and practice the dharma you could do it with the intention that the dharma is medicine and we are sick with 'samsara' or the suffering that is mentioned in the Four Noble Truths.

    To learn the dharma you can do it with the intention to learn wisdom and practical advice to benefit yourself and all beings.

    And to learn the dharma you will have to avoid three faults: that of an upturned pot, that of a leaking pot, and that of a poisoned pot. The upturned pot cannot receive the teachings because it is upside down and cannot receive them. I guess this is similar to the story of the Zen master pouring tea into the visitors cup to show them until they empty themselves of wrong assumptions they cannot see the teachings and consider them. The leaking pot receives the teachings but forgets them I guess. And the poison pot is poisoned by anger, craving and other factors that interfere with receiving the teachings I suppose.

  • Re: Hope and buddhism

    I will add to my post above because it could easily be mistaken. "Leisure" (see my post) is not free time from work and family etc. rather in the text it means freedom from eight specific negative conditions: hell being, hungry ghost, animal realm, long life god, barbarian, wrong views, no Buddha appeared in world, mute.

    It is an old text though so I think it would require reflection. But the point that lead me to post is that "leisure" conventionally would be mistaken to mean "Oh gosh I never have any free time". That's a separate issue. The first three (animal, hell, hungry ghost) refer to being so overpowered by anger, mental anguish, or ignorance that the dharma cannot be practiced. An animal might not care about creating virtue that could connect to the dharma. House pets might be an exception! Long life Gods first off might not have any conceptual thought so thus are not reflecting on the teachings. Also our suffering pacifies egotism and makes us sympathetic to other beings who are also suffering and it makes us long to be free from samsara. So that's the deal with the God realms. Barbarians have trouble meeting spiritual beings. The specific problematic wrong views are views that you don't care about other beings and you don't care about amassing virtue or being free from negative things. Mute refers to more than cannot talk. In the text I think it means you don't have senses and all around mental qualities to hear and reflect on the dharma. That speech is mentioned is especially of concern to me because I don't know many people offline that I could talk to about spirituality so of any of those eight afflictions that I have I wonder if it would benefit me to be more connected and have experiences talking about the dharma.

    But I posted this because I didn't want it mistaken that 'leisure' means you have no responsibilities that take some time rather it means freedom from affliction of eight things that can make it hard (impossible?) to study the dharma and meet spiritual beings. And if ones work and family responsibilities resemble being an animal or hell being or a barbarian then I am a bit worried!

  • Re: Hope and buddhism

    According to the second chapter of the Jewel Ornament of Liberation three mental qualities and two physical are needed to practice dharma to completion.

    The mental are trust, longing, and clarity. The physical are leisure and endowment. The text further explains these five through the chapter.

    But basically where chapter 1 says that we all have the Buddha nature and can become Buddhas chapter 2 says what additional qualities we need in our life to study Buddhism.

    So if by hope what is meant is trust, longing, and clarity then indeed hope is a good quality. But hope could mean something else. Thus it depends what is meant by hope.

  • Re: Hope and buddhism

    I think different things could be meant by hope. It could be a passing feeling that is not any kind of problem in and of itself. Or it could be a standard of how you want things to be and later you might say "I didn't get what I had hoped for". And in that direction it could be something to contemplate. Say "what do I hope for?" and "why do I hope for that?" and "is it a wise thing to hope for?"

  • Re: Dhamma dreams

    "Undharmarelated" but when I was in school I had a homework problem in thermodynamics that I couldn't solve and went to bed and in my sleep I was still working on the problem.