Buddhism is not literary criticism. You can't just say anything you want about it and interpret it any way you like. You have to learn it precisely and carefully from a qualified teacher, so you don't misunderstand its complexities or end up simply bolstering your own resilient ego.
thornbush wrote:Yup folks.....read all about it at: (found this on another site)
Reason given here:
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/t ... gions.html
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/t ... .html#more
What thinkest you? Comments please.....
Sometimes I do wonder how simply thinking nice thoughts or receiving a lama's blessings can affect anything. I believe the ancient masters, but I am still looking for a good explanation. On the surface, these ideas do sound like wishful thinking.
Receiving the blessings of the Buddhas doesn't mean that something tangible comes from the Buddha and goes into us. It means that our minds are transformed through the combined effort of the teachings, the guidance of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas, and our own practice. "Requesting the Buddhas' blessings" has the connotation of requesting to be inspired by them, so that our minds and actions are transformed and become more beneficial.
"The blessings and power of all the buddhas is saturating us inside and out at every moment. At the same time, we are preoccupied with the eight mundane concerns - after a while we die.
We missed our oportunity to attend to the blessings of the buddhas.
The view of the practice of the pure illusory body is that the buddhas are always trying to get our attention and bring us to enlightenment.
We fail to pay attention.
William James said that what we attend to becomes our reality. Samsara never wears out. We are deeply habituated to perceiving everything that happens to us as either good or bad fortune, and if we attend to the eight mundane concerns, they become our reality.
In the meantime we could be on the fast track to enlightenment.
The view of the practice of the pure illusory body is to recognize that every single moment offers the best all the buddhas have to offer.
This is as good as it gets, right now. "
termite wrote:The left monk in the second row is out of step.
Nice post, Luke.
dumb bonbu wrote:hi genkaku, the first link - it does indeed look like readers responses from the layout but the two quotes on that page from respectively, John Hogan and Daniel Florien are in fact what readers are responding to in the second link.
hope that helps
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