Not a Dharma story ... or is it?

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Quiet Heart
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Not a Dharma story ... or is it?

Postby Quiet Heart » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:15 am

:smile:
This is from the Christian Bible ... but I don't know chapter and verse.
Think about what it says anyhow.

Jesus was staying in the house of one of his followers.
They had young children, and Jesus was playing with the children.
The disciples were unhappy, Jesus had places they wanted him to go and things he had to do.
Finally one of the disciples approached him and said, "Lord, we must be going. We do not have time to play with these children. There is work that you must do."
Jesus answered like this, "I tell you, unless you become like unto a small child you shall not enter unto that kingdom of heaven".

Now then, how is that a Buddhist Dharma story?
Perhaps because also unless you enter the path and become like that small child you also can not enter unto that
kingdom of Heaven
that you seek?
Just a thought.
:smile:
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach

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Re: Not a Dharma story ... or is it?

Postby droogiefret » Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:54 pm

I don't remember that particular story - are you sure you're not getting confused with the start of Matthew 18?

But there is some wonderful stuff in the BIble - one of my favourite passages being 1 Corinthians 13 - just think compassion every time you read the word 'love' - compassion as an antidote for negative afflictions is very dharma I think.

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Re: Not a Dharma story ... or is it?

Postby lobster » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:54 am

I love the stories involving fish . . . maybe I am just indulging my lobsterian proclivities:
However the metta is not reciprocated . .
http://godhatescrustaceans.com/
Ichthys is also part of Buddhist iconography, representing the wide awake.

Glad to hear there is dharma in the bible. :thumbsup:

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Re: Not a Dharma story ... or is it?

Postby muni » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:23 pm

Children know they play while adults lost this knowing.

:smile:
Remember that a thought is only the fleeting conjunction of myriad factors and circumstances. It does not exist by itself. When a thought arises, recognize its empty nature. It will immediately loose its power to elicit the next thought. And the chain of delusion will be broken. ~~Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Re: Not a Dharma story ... or is it?

Postby droogiefret » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:53 pm

muni wrote:Children know they play while adults lost this knowing.

:smile:

Everyone should jump off the edge of their bed occasionally .... just in case. :smile:

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Re: Not a Dharma story ... or is it?

Postby muni » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:38 am

Pointings show the more we grasp 'real phenomena by our thoughts', the more minds' apprehended play becomes heavy serious.
I am a pirat says a child, I am a politician says the adult. I am Mary says the river.

Oh yes. Droogiefret, I try your medicine out, there we go... :smile:
Remember that a thought is only the fleeting conjunction of myriad factors and circumstances. It does not exist by itself. When a thought arises, recognize its empty nature. It will immediately loose its power to elicit the next thought. And the chain of delusion will be broken. ~~Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Re: Not a Dharma story ... or is it?

Postby oldbob » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:38 am

muni wrote:Pointings show the more we grasp 'real phenomena by our thoughts', the more minds' apprehended play becomes heavy serious.
I am a pirat says a child, I am a politician says the adult. I am Mary says the river.

Oh yes. Droogiefret, I try your medicine out, there we go... :smile:


Or the child, turning, turning and turning: turns inside out. :smile:

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Re: Not a Dharma story ... or is it?

Postby MalaBeads » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:38 pm

:smile:

Definitely one of my favorite videos. Be ye like little children. And except for the attachment at the end.....well, you decide.

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