It is mind blowing and refreshing to have all of your inputs on such a matter.
muni wrote:Oh yes, we imagine to choose. Continuum.
Not so long time ago, an neuroscientist discovered by a test, along MRI scan activity in the brain which could show 10 seconds before one realized to do so, he should decide to push on the left button.
Oh well! Subtle! And amazing how masters from long time ago could understand what now people discover with technology as well.
I completely understand that, before me even make a movement our brain deciphers our intention in the action we want to make, surely it works in a similar way in beliefs. There is a reason we decide our beliefs, even if we may not be aware to it.
I must admit that I do not know very much of Nagarjuna; but I will certainly look into it, as it sounds interesting.
Similar to what you were saying Luke, I also feel that through my Western society that it is very difficult to keep my beliefs and principles strong. I have noticed by moving around a lot, that especially here in California that most people are driven by material items and status. Especially in my age group; I am 20, I have noticed that it is difficult to live in a pure manner without being somewhat influenced by my surroundings. But I have noticed that the more I read my Buddhism books speaking of the Dharma, and the more I meditate, the easier it has become to simply do what is right, instead of what while make me stick out less. It is a learning process.
I will soon be moving to Italy for a year abroad and will hunt for any Buddhist organizations in Florence, but do you guys have any book suggestions that I may bring with me?
I currently have a few books such as the Pali canon (which I recall seeing in the thread), the Tibetan book of dying and living, as well as Awakening the Buddha within (one of my favorites thus far), and the Dhammapada .
Thank you all again for your insight, I cannot express how relieving it is to be able to speak to other people who are roughly on the same page as I am.