Life and Alive

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truthwithin
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Life and Alive

Postby truthwithin » Thu May 05, 2011 11:46 pm

What is your understanding of Living and Being Alive? just curious? if you need more feedback please ask.

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Re: Life and Alive

Postby Jikan » Fri May 06, 2011 12:56 am

In F. Jameson's terms, "History is what hurts." To be alive is to live with certain needs, certain vulnerabilities, and the absolute necessity to live among others... at the expense of others. You inherit a body of meanings and practices when you take a physical body. In a sense, to be alive is to be bound to these, and to suffer for it. You get sick, get old, die.

Depending on the form of life present to you, you may have an opportunity to work with your condition intelligently. You may choose not to react on the basis of habit or the whims of your libido or whatever mechanical force may seem necessary, but instead choose not to give in to that. You may luck into instruction in Dharma, and practice. You still get sick, get old, and die, and you still have to live a life in history with other beings who may cause you hurt, but you need not suffer for it. In fact, you may well live in such a way that you ease the suffering of others.

That's how I understand it. To be alive is to be vulnerable, exposed, in a precarious fix. To be vulnerable is a necessary condition for the cultivation of wisdom, and for living a decent and respectable life.
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Re: Life and Alive

Postby Sherab » Fri May 06, 2011 3:06 am

Life and Being Alive by themselves are meaningless and purposeless.

When you strive to be free from Life and strive to free others from Life, that is Life and Being Alive.


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