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We come into the conditioned from the unconditioned when born.
If an infant was taught Buddhism from birth or childhood before their minds get conditioned, would it be easier for them to understand the Dharma and reach Nirvana, since their minds would be more open? Nowadays children are conditioned to enjoy pretty much the same sense pleasures that adult’s desire (i.e. parents giving an IPad to their child before bed or to keep them silent). What if a child was taught the Dharma from birth with little distractions?
The less one has learnt about this world that is created from illusion, the easier it would be to understand such teachings. I think it’s difficult for ME to understand some of the more complex concepts because of my conditioning which has built walls around my open mind and heart. It’s like my mind trying to swim upstream against the currents of my conditioning.
I will keep swimming though!
Good for you @eggsavior! I feel rather the same way. When I read the Dharma and practice meditation and mindfulness, I feel a sense of happiness, calm and peace but when I get wrapped up in what this means and what that means it gets a little daunting (for me anyway).
I think if you keep doing what you're doing and practice the simple teachings of Buddha you will be happy with the results.
There is also the risk of digging many shallow wells.
Kinda like "Jack of all trades - master of none"
Simple is good, but what is your source for "simple dharma" - there always is one.
@SpinyNorman my source thus far is Buddhist books. I like Thich Nhat Hanh and Ajahn Sumedho. For example, "The Mind & The Way" has been able to explain things to me that other people or books have not through simple examples and language as well as a Q&A at the end of every chapter.
Simple buddhism to me is understanding and following the 4 Noble Truths and the Eightfold path...just living it.