Pay no attention

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Pay no attention

Postby insideout » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:32 pm

पय नो अत्तेन्तिओन् तो थे फ़ौल्त्स् ओफ़् ओथेर्स्; थिङ्ग्स दोने ओर् लेफ़्त् उन्दोने ब्य ओथेर्स्. चोन्सिदेर ओन्ल्य् व्हत् ब्य ओनेसेल्फ़् इस दोने ओर् लेफ़्त् उन्दोने.

Pay no attention to the faults of others; things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.

-Buddha
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Re: Pay no attention

Postby Ayu » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:49 pm

So true. :smile: What is the source of this sentence?
By this constructive act, may we quickly actualize ourselves as Guru-Buddhas
and thereafter lead to that state all wandering beings, not neglecting even one.

:meditate:

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Re: Pay no attention

Postby insideout » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:50 pm

Buddha. My apologies. I edited my post.

Ayu wrote:So true. :smile: What is the source of this sentence?
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Re: Pay no attention

Postby lobster » Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:08 am

Pay no attention to the faults of others; things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.


Do you think our faults are undone by lack of attention or reflection and discernment? What is a gal to do? :shrug:

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Re: Pay no attention

Postby Ayu » Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:17 pm

lobster wrote:Do you think our faults are undone by lack of attention or reflection and discernment? What is a gal to do? :shrug:

Whose faults? Am I better in changing your faults or in improving my own weaknesses?
It is a very common appearance:
the more the own problems are pressing, the easier it is to talk (endlessly) about the faults of other people.
If we would talk about "our" problems and faults, it would be great - but instead we talk about the problems of "them" (the others). Do you see the difference?
I observe it like this. It functions automatically.
For me this quote of the OP is very important and good to remember. :namaste:
By this constructive act, may we quickly actualize ourselves as Guru-Buddhas
and thereafter lead to that state all wandering beings, not neglecting even one.

:meditate:

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Re: Pay no attention

Postby insideout » Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:22 pm

As Ayu said, and I agree with, if we pay attention to the faults and actions of others, we will suffer. We (ourselves) keep doing what we are doing because it is right. Loving kindness, friendship. I must act in accordance with the 4 truths. It is I that makes the change.

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Pay no attention to the faults of others; things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.


Do you think our faults are undone by lack of attention or reflection and discernment? What is a gal to do? :shrug:
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Re: Pay no attention

Postby flowerbudh » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:06 pm

I think we can certainly learn from others faults (because really, they are ours!), but we should not condemn those imperfections in others, instead we should perfect them in ourselves.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. - The Buddha

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Re: Pay no attention

Postby lobster » Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:31 pm

flowerbudh wrote:I think we can certainly learn from others faults (because really, they are ours!), but we should not condemn those imperfections in others, instead we should perfect them in ourselves.


Well said.

One of the reasons why discerning in others our own limitations is so important. Condemning, condemns us. Judging is a judgement on us.

As I said to Judge Dredd (aka Buddha) only this morning:
'Pass the popcorn, we are only watching over ourselves . . . ' :popcorn:

Attention to the discerning is now resumed :woohoo:

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Re: Pay no attention

Postby Sherab Dorje » Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:36 pm

lobster wrote:As I said to Judge Dredd (aka Buddha) only this morning
The Buddha as a gun wielding homocidal crypto-facist? Interesting use of imagery. :?
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
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