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Postby tucker1 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:15 pm

What is the criteria for crazy, insane, or delusional..?

When Buddhists speak of "delusional mind" what specifically do they mean? thanks.

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Postby tucker1 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:46 am

Is Nirvana a state of mind? ...

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Postby PadmaVonSamba » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:53 pm

Profile Picture: "The Foaming Monk"
The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth.
Original painting by P.Volker /used by permission.

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Postby tucker1 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:12 pm

So ... "Right Mind" is solid like reality and common sense as compared to crazy,bizarre or delusional.

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Postby Ramon1920 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:58 pm

Delusion here is what you call it when someone has a view that doesn't fit reality. It's a stronger term than mistaken, used particularly when people have to ignore things in order to keep their view.

So an example of a delusion would be thinking you're an emperor of the United States and you ignore that no one follows your orders in order to keep your view of being emperor.
Some Buddhist examples of delusion that are common are:
Denying you're suffering when you are suffering to say you're a Buddha,
denying your faults to say you're faultless,
denying that things like death bother you to say you're equanimous,
denying karma so you can say your actions will bear no harm
denying the Buddha's authority in Buddhist matters so you can say you're the authority
and of course the big delusion that things exist independent of other things and have an essential themness to them. But that delusion is like a fine tumor growing in the heart, you have to surgically remove it with great precision or kill your spiritual life.


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