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I like this bit from @lobster’s original blog post:
Stoking the fires of "being someone" is hard work.
It’s very true, all those reactions which make up being someone have to com from somewhere. Deep within, we are committed to being “competent”, to being “trustworthy”, to being “honourable”. All these qualities that we like to see within ourselves also define the facade that we impose on our most immediate self.
If you let it all go, where do you end up? A deep let-go where you are beholden to no-one... not even your own thoughts of morality.
After all, letting go of all views also means letting go of self views.
Well, in the Nakhasikha Sutta at the end it says...
"Seeing thus, the instructed disciple of the noble ones grows disenchanted with form, disenchanted with feeling, disenchanted with perception, disenchanted with fabrications, disenchanted with consciousness. Disenchanted, he becomes dispassionate. Through dispassion, he is fully released. With full release, there is the knowledge, 'Fully released.' He discerns that 'Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world.'"
That implies that when one is fully enlightened this life is essentially done, and naturally one’s focus shifts to helping others. Perhaps in such a circumstance others are seen as more important than oneself.
So it seems to me that while we meditate and practice and we strive to gain insight into the true nature of mind, the goal-oriented nature of mind leads one into a quietude, a seriousness that you see in many Buddhist monks and practitioners. It’s rare to come across someone like Ajahn Brahm who displays a measure of irreverence and humour.
But it strikes me that as we know we have Buddha nature, we should approach these things with joy and celebration when not meditating. Art, poetry, dance, music, singing, all these ways we have of expressing ourselves and of bringing beauty into the world, it strikes me that it is natural that we should want to do these things alongside meditating.
Somebody worked out the other day that about 7 million euro was all that was required to live upon for a lifetime. Perhaps we should ban everyone who earns that amount from working again, except as a volunteer.
Eckhart Tolle calls it disidentification with the mind/ Ego and Buddhists call it Non-Attachment to things, but is it best not to try and do these and just become aware instead? As in trying to do these more mind activity is created as a result.
I don’t think those two approaches... Eckhart Tolle’s disidentification with the mind and Buddhism’s non-attachment to things... are exactly identical. Non-attachment happens inside the mind, although it eventually leads to disidentification.
As I understand it both Eckhart’s spirituality and Buddhism are a shortcut on the path of awareness. Yes, you can choose to “just try and become aware”, but in doing so you are replicating work that has already been done in ancient times by the Buddha. It is useful to try and understand what you are trying to do through listening to the teachings.
The Buddha’s path is a path of gradual awakening, where sila and insight meditation leads to eventual direct experience of the mind. Dharma teachings condition the mind, practice eventually loosens the mind’s grip on awareness.