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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:49 am 
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To be a lot less self centred
To stop trying to fix things
To be completely anger free
To meet every situation with equanimity

Because then I could help others a whole lot more.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:14 pm 
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dharmagoat wrote:
I don't want anything.
So I don't practice.
So I stay miserable.

Sometimes I want to not be miserable.
But it passes.



*Tosses the goat a bale of hay and some apples*

If there's anything I want its the ability to navigate the Bardo consciously. I think that would be pretty cool. If you can do that, I figure your problems are over, or at least the end of problems is in sight.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:16 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:40 am 
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catmoon wrote:
dharmagoat wrote:
I don't want anything.
So I don't practice.
So I stay miserable.

Sometimes I want to not be miserable.
But it passes.



*Tosses the goat a bale of hay and some apples*

If there's anything I want its the ability to navigate the Bardo consciously. I think that would be pretty cool. If you can do that, I figure your problems are over, or at least the end of problems is in sight.


:good:

I'd like to get out at the Sukhavarti stop please.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:38 am 
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Peace. First internal, then external.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:28 am 
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To be able to give as much as I've been given.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:57 am 
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I have the aspiration to Buddhahood.

I am a Jodo Shinshu (Shin) follower.

There is no "practice toward enlightenment" in Jodo Shinshu.

Instead, salvation, enlightenment, and Buddhahood are gifts of sheer grace, mediated by Amida Buddha.

So I rely not on practice, but on Amida's providence, which will fulfill my aspiration for Buddhahood.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:26 pm 
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Wonderful! All answers are great.
:applause:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:27 pm 
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To show the world the bright light of a Buddha. :smile:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:02 pm 
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oushi wrote:
What is the goal you want to achieve through your spiritual practice?
Honestly and in simple words that you understand. For example, never ending bliss, or joy. Sharp mind, clear thinking etc.
So, what is that you really desire?


The state where there is neither a wanter, nor a wanting or a wanted.
Not in the sense of liberation from, but in the sense of irrelevance of those.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:00 am 
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I desire the permanent end of suffering for all living beings. I also desire to become a Buddha so that I can make it happen.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:54 am 
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Just watched Hui Neng movie. "Deluded are sentient beings, awakened is Buddha."

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:50 pm 
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smcj wrote:
To be able to give as much as I've been given.
That, and repaying all beings for the times I and my past life 'selves' have taken a lot more than was given. Below that, steering clear of dire consequences that would make my 'Buddhism' pointless for as good as forever :toilet:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:50 am 
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World peace, and a big bag of money.

Oh, I dunno. It's nice to have something to say when people ask "What religion are you?" and to be a part of a community where people care about spirituality, the meaning of life, etc., but where there aren't any strict rules or other major negatives. And I find a lot of the culture and practices comforting, and/or intellectually / aesthetically stimulating. Basically I got involved when I was much younger, and now it's become so much a part of me that I'd miss it if it weren't there.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:31 am 
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World peace. ;)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:01 pm 
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Reincarnated over and over again.
Facing the same trials again and again.
Learning the same lessons again and again.
I would like to become enlightened. To realize that lessons, reincarnations are no longer necessary for me or for others.
That I wish for.
I wish also to live abundantly, deepen wisdom, psychic powers, but what I wrote before is quite enough.
End of suffering - it's what I deeply wish for.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:41 pm 
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oushi wrote:
What is the goal you want to achieve through your spiritual practice?
Honestly and in simple words that you understand. For example, never ending bliss, or joy. Sharp mind, clear thinking etc.
So, what is that you really desire?


I wanted to end suffering... How pathetic.
I wanted to have excellent wisdom... How arrogant.
I wanted permanence... How numb.
I wanted peace... How ignorant.
I wanted nothing... How boring.

Who made me want it all? Who made me believe it all?

One cannot make religion from "just be yourself", it will not sell well. The one thing you will never hear.. especial from yourself.

Just be yourself.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:56 pm 
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what is pathetic about wanting to end suffering? really im interested in the answer, other than that i thought that is quite a good post. and it has a point. but was the pathetic just used mindlessly to make the point, or do you have an explanation of your opinion or view why wanting to end suffering is pathetic?

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In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:17 am 
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oushi wrote:
Just be yourself.

Forget yourself.
just be.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:29 am 
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KonchokZoepa wrote:
what is pathetic about wanting to end suffering? really im interested in the answer, other than that i thought that is quite a good post. and it has a point. but was the pathetic just used mindlessly to make the point, or do you have an explanation of your opinion or view why wanting to end suffering is pathetic?

Because we are perfectly ok to suffer. Sometimes we are even eager to do things that will bring suffering upon us, especially if it will benefit our beloved ones. It's universal and perfectly normal behavior. The more you love the more you are able to suffer for that person, and there is a threshold when your own life becomes less valuable. An it is not only love. People give up their live for others, on many different occasions, not mentioning the small distresses we are constantly accepting.

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