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@DhammaDragon the most illusive wisdom seems to be the simplest. The heart sutra says everything is nothing and nothing is everything (at least when paraphrased by myself). It is simple. What is difficult is the conditioning we've developed against this truth.
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" Luke 11:19
"Meditating on the lotus of your heart,
in the center is the untainted;
the exquisitely pure, clear, and sorrowless;
of infinite form;
blissful, tranquil, immortal;
the womb of Brahma."
By the power of the Buddha, they will see that Pure Land as though seeing their own images in a bright mirror. When they see that land of ultimate and wondrous joy, they will rejoice and immediately acquire the insight into the non-origination of all existence." (Visualisation of Amitabha Sutra)
No matter what path we follow, if we slowly deconstruct our egos and earnestly seek the truth, we will find it--within ourselves. As we constantly cultivatel practice we are constantly Upping the Dharma.
I don't remember who said it but I read on this forum that our perceptions are independent of actual reality, none of us will know it entirely until we totally transcend the limits of our consciousness and personhood. I believe the best we can do until that point is to nuetrally remain on the Middle Path.
A mantra which has helped me with this:
Release everything.... ad infinitum
I have issues getting outside of my head. Pure Land devotion helps me stay grounded. When I open my heart to Amida I simultaneously open my heart to the Dharma of all Buddhas. It has been greatly beneficial to not have to think, only focus, and know I am generating the Dharma and good action in my devotion.
Regardless of how smoothly this goes, may our project inspire further group learning. Is our Sangha expanding? I think more activities like this would really be beneficial to all of us. Let's wait and see
@Hozan Why yes I am! Seeing Luke prevail through compassion and love was inspiring. I am very interested in the ties between Star Wars and Buddhism. There is a book I want to buy called the Dharma of Star wars. Have you heard of it?
@paulyso you're welcome! I hope it helps to teach you about what you're seeking