The Journey

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The Journey

Postby mint » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:55 am

The journey is the goal, the goal is the journey. Must we ultimately travel it alone?
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Re: The Journey

Postby Merely Labeled » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:36 am

Interesting question :popcorn:

I would say we are never alone in the way we think we are but ultimately the responsibility for what is happening in and with our so-called mind is out choice a l o n e .

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Re: The Journey

Postby catmoon » Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:18 am

Buddha. Dharma. Sangha.

Not alone.
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Re: The Journey

Postby Mr. G » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:02 am

    "But, Migajaala, there are objects cognizable by the eye... ear... nose... tongue... body... mind — attractive, pleasing, charming, agreeable, enticing, lust-inspiring. And if a monk takes no pleasure in them, does not welcome them, does not persist in clinging to them, then, because of his not taking pleasure, not welcoming them and not persisting in clinging to them, enjoyment fades away, and without enjoyment there is no infatuation. Without infatuation no bondage is generated, and the monk who is freed from the bondage of enjoyment is called 'one who dwells alone.'

    "And a monk so dwelling, Migajaala, even though he may live near a village crowded with monks and nuns, male and female lay-followers, kings and royal ministers, sectarians and their followers — still he is termed 'one who dwells alone.' Why is this so? Craving is the mate he has left behind, and therefore he is called one who dwells alone."

    - Migajaalena Sutta: Migajaala
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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Re: The Journey

Postby catmoon » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:01 am

Hokay, alone and not alone. Dang middle path, trips you up every time.
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Re: The Journey

Postby Dave The Seeker » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:56 am

This quote means a lot to me personally.
I'm not sure where I read it, but wrote it down and it's helped me.

How joyful to look upon the Awakened
And keep company with the wise

Follow then The Shining Ones
The wise, the Awakened, the loving,
For they know how to work and forbear

But if you can not find
Friend or master to go with you,
Travel alone~
Like a king who has given away his kingdom
Like an elephant in the woods.

The Buddha



Kindest wishes, Dave
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
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If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~
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