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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:10 am 
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Lindama wrote:
i almost fell for it too.... that's why it's such a great reflection. It is completely meaningless at the core


What is meant by meaningless?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:00 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:33 am 
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Peace.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:25 pm 
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steveb1 wrote:
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.
:)

Yes, Amida Buddha has done, is doing, and will do all for us.
That cuts out the suffering of grasping after wanting equanimity, peace, enlightenment.

We just have everyday minds.

Namu Amida Butsu

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So, bhikkhus, you should train in this way: The heart-deliverance of loving-kindness will be maintained in being and made much of by us, used as our vehicle, used as our foundation, established, consolidated, and properly managed. That is how you should train
Samyutta Nikaya 20:3


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:23 pm 
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LastLegend wrote:
Lindama wrote:
i almost fell for it too.... that's why it's such a great reflection. It is completely meaningless at the core


What is meant by meaningless?


:buddha1:
is one explanation.

I will blunder forward. I've been seeing how each of us has a particularly unique response and how we can be mirrors for ourselves as well as others. There is a variety of understandings of the same thing. Thus meaning and non meaning shift about. Specifically, this word "pathetic" is a close-up example... it has an ambiguous meaning: "having a capacity to move one to either compassionate or contemptuous pity " and people have taken it to mean a variety of things. What we want is not fixed, so how can it have meaning beyond our particular preference in a particular moment. Personal preference needs to be considered, but we are not necessarily here to hold our preference as having ultimate meaning. Thus meaningless at the core points to this impermanence. Depending on one's POV, it can sound completely devastating and nihilistic... or it can carry dynamic spontaneity that leaves us dancing with life free of fixed meaning. my two cents...


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:53 pm 
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What ?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:15 pm 
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Simon E. wrote:
What ?


lol, i kinda second that.

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He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
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Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

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IF..If only I could feel total gratitude toward all beings all the time
Total unconditional love is the answer.
It covers all the 8 Noble Truths.


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So, bhikkhus, you should train in this way: The heart-deliverance of loving-kindness will be maintained in being and made much of by us, used as our vehicle, used as our foundation, established, consolidated, and properly managed. That is how you should train
Samyutta Nikaya 20:3
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:21 pm 
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thunderbumble wrote:
IF..If only I could feel total gratitude toward all beings all the time
Total unconditional love is the answer.
It covers all the 8 Noble Truths.

Oops, 8 Fold Path

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So, bhikkhus, you should train in this way: The heart-deliverance of loving-kindness will be maintained in being and made much of by us, used as our vehicle, used as our foundation, established, consolidated, and properly managed. That is how you should train
Samyutta Nikaya 20:3


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:00 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 honestly just want true peace.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:34 pm 
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Me, I like a little conflict. Spices things up!

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