How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby wisdom » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:45 pm

In the least a brain damaged person won't be achieving realization in this life. If the sky was perpetually covered with storm clouds without any hope of clearing ever, there would be no chance that one would ever see the Sun. This is the relationship of the mind to Enlightenment (as clouds to the Sun) as its clearly stated in numerous places. The existence of clouds does not make the sun go out of existence, and the clearing of the sky to reveal the sun has not caused the sun to come into existence. Nevertheless we can easily and clearly see that there are factors of causes and conditions which have to be in place, based on our karma, in order for the storm to clear and for us to perceive what has always been there. If this wasn't true, then everyone is already enlightened and nobody needs to practice Dharma at all in order to realize it.

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby odysseus » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:45 pm

Disclaimer: I'm not a Buddhist teacher, I speak only from my own understanding. I cannot teach, but I can preach so don't preach to me.

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby Andrew108 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:00 am

The Blessed One said:

"What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas. This, monks, is called the All. Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe another,' if questioned on what exactly might be the grounds for his statement, would be unable to explain, and furthermore, would be put to grief. Why? Because it lies beyond range." Sabba Sutta.

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby muni » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:47 am

Buddhists can be sure when they ask few times "am I on the right train to Manchester" and the answer is "yes". Then they can relax (trust) and let go the passing scenery without focussing.
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Postby KathyLauren » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:02 pm

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" My heart's in the Highlands
my heart is not here.
My heart's in the Highlands
chasing the deer."

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby wisdom » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:54 pm

After giving it some consideration I agree. Though by brain damage I mean severe damage impairing cognition and comprehension to the point of permanent mental retardation, and not mere damage to the brain resulting from a stroke or other things that many recover from. Even then though, maybe they can or have somehow achieved Enlightenment. There is no way to know.

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འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


Free of hope and fear, relax.
Human life spent in
a state of great spaciousness is enjoyable.


— Kunzang Dechen Lingpa

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