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Is it easier for blind/deaf people to abandon cravings?

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Is it easier for blind/deaf people to abandon cravings?

Postby David2 » Mon May 16, 2011 6:50 pm

Hi everyone,

for blind people, there is no eye-contact with pictures or movies that could cause craving and for deaf people, there is no ear-contact with sounds that could cause craving, right?

So, is it easier for those blind and deaf people to overcome cravings?

If the answer is "yes", it would be helpful to make ourselves blind and deaf, wouldn't it?

So does the answer have to be "no" because nobody teaches us to make ourselves blind and deaf? But why?

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Re: Is it easier for blind/deaf people to abandon cravings?

Postby Virgo » Mon May 16, 2011 7:17 pm

Though blind individuals don't have stimulus through the eye door which can be cause of craving, and though deaf people have none through the ear door, the fact remains that is is panna, insight, that eliminates craving through seeing the truth of things. Therefore, it has to do with the level of developed panna, and not how many sense faculties are in order.

There have been many blind and deaf persons, probably some though not many have attained seeing through Dhamma.

There have been many persons with all senses in tact who have attained to the Dhamma, through wisdom, seeing, insight, the keen aspect of mind that sees with wisdom. So we can see that it is about the degree of wisdom, not the "advantage" of having less sense-contacts. Without the level of wisdom, understanding, it does not matter if you have less sense-contacts at all.

All the best to you,

Kevin


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Re: Is it easier for blind/deaf people to abandon cravings?

Postby bodom » Mon May 16, 2011 7:27 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Is it easier for blind/deaf people to abandon cravings?

Postby David2 » Mon May 16, 2011 7:36 pm

Thank you Virgo and bodom,

that helped a lot.

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Re: Is it easier for blind/deaf people to abandon cravings?

Postby icyteru » Sun May 22, 2011 1:52 am

blind / deaf people also difficult to learn dhamma

if you want to blind / deaf, practice samadhi / bhavana. in some point, you become blind / deaf. but after you're awake of course 5 senses back to normal.
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