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MN 39. Mahā-Assapura Sutta

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MN 39. Mahā-Assapura Sutta

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue May 19, 2009 1:23 pm

สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: MN 39. Mahā-Assapura Sutta

Postby retrofuturist » Wed May 20, 2009 3:36 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: MN 39. Mahā-Assapura Sutta

Postby retrofuturist » Wed May 20, 2009 6:03 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: MN 39. Mahā-Assapura Sutta

Postby retrofuturist » Wed May 20, 2009 6:30 am

Greetings Jechbi,

I can dig it. 8-)

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: MN 39. Mahā-Assapura Sutta

Postby Jechbi » Wed May 20, 2009 6:33 am

I plugged in the responses to those questions as they occurred to me. My impression is that from moment to moment, practice is good for oneself and good for others. Whatever I hold onto, I'll never be able to keep forever. Whatever I give up, if giving it up is beneficial for myself or others, then it's not really a sacrifice. Whenever I think it's a sacrifice, that's when I need to give it up.

The entire sutta above is incredibly inspiring. It goes all the way from the beginning to the end. I think it's fascinating that it's possible to get stuck right at the beginning, right at "conscience & concern," and that the Buddha cautioned even his disciples not to stop there, not to be content with that. To me that suggests that even the very beginning, having conscience & concern, is a kind of attainment that one might mistake for the goal.

And then it goes on from there.

Amazing.


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