Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

Postby Rakz » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:04 am

Buddhism does seem very hopeless to me at times as well but I prefer realness over hopelessness. It's tough, what can we do but practice?

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

Postby Wayfarer » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:37 am

I think the sense of hopelessness is an affliction. It is not really part of the teaching. I am sure it is something we all experience from time of time but I don't see why it should be associated with Buddhism in particular.
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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

Postby JKhedrup » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:57 am

But I think it is very hopeful because Buddhism shows the path to freedom from afflictions.

If there were nothing to be done, that would be depressing.

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

Postby Feathers » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:46 pm

Uan, could you link any of the things you have been reading/watching on Milarepa?

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

Postby ocean_waves » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:26 pm

more dhamma, less drama.

the dhamma allows us to be free from the suffering caused by our attachments/clinging to concepts and ideas [even so-called buddhist concepts] of the self. if we choose to hold on to an idea of a self that has been born and will eventually die, then we must hold on to all the baggage that comes along with it, the fear of a "lower rebirth" being just one of the suitcases.

stop biting the buddhas fingers with intellect, attaching our "self" to the minds many currents/formations, calling it swimming/practice, while never experiencing the mind/ocean/moon itself!

the only thing standing in the way of ourselves and enlightenment is our... self!!! :crazy:

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

Postby ocean_waves » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:53 pm

"True seeing is called transcendence;
False seeing is worldliness:
Set aside both right and wrong,
And the nature of enlightenment is clear."

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

Postby randomseb » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:55 pm

That sounds like how the various Zen Patriarchs advised people that simply reciting Sutras is a pretty pointless endeavor, unless you put it into practice with your Mind and grasp it's meaning

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

Postby Konchog1 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:31 pm

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

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In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few ~ Suzuki-roshi

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Re: Buddhist Scholar Paul Williams Conversion to Catholicism

Postby Karma Dorje » Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:53 am

Hope is an intense form of suffering that keeps you from appreciating the current moment and makes you look for something better. The whole point of the path is to drop all fictional narratives whatsoever. Including the one about you not being enlightened. How is that not as positive a message as can be imagined?
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