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How do you feel about the following excerpt by Wu Hsin?
An imagined entity desires to become an enlightened imagined entity. What’s the point? It is like trying to measure space. Yet, this will continue until such time as the distinction is made between this that I am and that that I appear to be.
Dismount the pendulum of fear and desire. That ground beneath you is the Source and Support.
See that you create the space in which the world moves, the time in which it lasts. Come to realize that the world is only sand. You may play with it, you may walk on it, but don’t build your house there. There is no journey, as such. It may not seem so, but we are always back where we started. What we were in essence, and what we will be in essence, is what we are in essence.
All thinking is imaginary because the person talking to you is imaginary. There is no self talking to yourself; in fact, there also is no “yourself”. Stay a time in silence. Do not accept these words; look for yourself for “yourself”.
The two great delusions are that life is controllable and that there is an entity, me, who can exercise said control. But if we cannot even control the thoughts that appear to us, how can we possibly believe we can control what occurs to us?
Wherever you go, you carry with you the sense of here and now. This is what distinguishes any present experience from memory. It reveals that space and time are in you and not the other way around. Most people are not acquainted with the sense of their being but only with the knowledge of their doing.
Enlightenment is one more concept to add to your collection, yet another idea regarding improving yourself, discovering yourself, or obtaining peace and happiness.
Don’t take life personally. The sun has no care for what passes through the sky.
Is everyone here an atheist?
I was an atheist until I started to study Buddhism and meditate. Since then, I see God everywhere.
Something I have struggled since I stopped believing in a man in the sky years ago. Where does it come from? If I wanna nice car why shouldn't I just steal it from someone else? Why would that make me weak? I get that there is precepts but Buddhism also says (or so I believe) that we should look at reality non judgmentally without denial and on that basis that Is why Buddhism complies with science so well. What if In fact humans by nature have no morals, we weren't always civilized after all. To me it seems everything was competition for dominance. Either you were strong and could get away with whatever you want or you where weak and got stepped on. What if even in modern times we start to run out food, what will we become? I've heard of this happening in certain countries and people have resorted to cannibalism and even eating their own children it got so bad. Its sickening yes but I always have the feeling at the back of my mind that we are deep down monsters which makes it hard to believe in things like the 5 precepts. How do you feel about this?
I have the same doubts from time to time, usually when I study some aspects of the teachings regarding moral principles. They are presented as a path that will lead you to something greater (e.g. "awakening"). I think that is a possibility, but I believe that actually it's the opposite: when you are "awake" you realize how everything is connected, how everything influences everything and what is your place in the middle of all this. At this point, I think moral behavior is a consequence of your understanding. It's not a set of rules to be followed, but the natural way to act in the world.
Do we really have to force ourselves to let things go? I understand that to engage ourselves in some sort of discipline may change us, but I think there is a more natural way to that. If you meditate long enough, your perspective will change, your priorities will change. Then, you will naturally begin to let things go... Feelings, possessions, attachments. Not because you want to get somewhere through this, but because you already understood that you don't need much to be well.