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How are the views of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu regarded?

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Re: How are the views of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu regarded?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:59 pm

Greetings Craig,

I'd like to share a bit of my own experience with you.

I believe in post-mortem continuation (not "reincarnation"), because I trust the Buddha's teachings on the matter. It is therefore part of my View, with regards to the Dhamma. Just because it is my view however, doesn't mean I'm craving or willing that for it be so. It is not attachment.

For example, when George W Bush was the U.S. President, it was my "view" that he was the president but that certainly didn't mean that I was attached to him being the president, and was somehow craving for him to be the president for eternity (far from it, in fact).

If someone could conclusively prove, here and now, that there is no post-mortem continuance, I would be neither saddened nor pleased. The two possible outcomes (post-mortem continuance vs death as the end) seem about equally appealing to me. Alternating dukkha and sukha... or total nothingness... it's hard to pick a winner.

Do you see now how the view of rebirth (despite what some might tell you) needn't be seen as clinging to "I" or eternalism. I'm perfectly happy to "wait and see" what happens, but until then, I will take my view from the Buddha... he's guided me well this far.

:buddha2:

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)

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Postby jcsuperstar » Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:50 am

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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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Postby Aloka » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:16 am

I have enjoyed reading a little of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu from time to time.

I'm a Mahayana practitioner with a great liking for the Theravada Thai Forest tradition. (Which is why I like to come here occasionally to read the discussions)

Actually at this point in my life I don't have too much interest in either position regarding rebirth - I'll just focus on my meditation when death approaches at a future date. Meanwhile I'll try my best to follow the teachings as a lay practitioner.

Thank you for allowing my participation.

With Kind wishes to all,

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Nothing is worth clinging to as me or mine.

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Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:22 am

Greetings Santikaro,

I would just like to say what an honour it is to have you join us and contribute to this discussion.

Metta and respect,
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: How are the views of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu regarded?

Postby Ben » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:21 am

Dear Santikaro

A warm welcome to Dhamma Wheel! It is wonderful to have you here. I look forward to your contributions regarding the Ajahn's teachings with great interest.
Metta

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
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Postby Santikaro » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:31 am

Nothing is worth clinging to as me or mine.

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Re: How are the views of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu regarded?

Postby Santikaro » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:38 am

Nothing is worth clinging to as me or mine.

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Re: How are the views of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu regarded?

Postby cooran » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:42 am

Hello Santikaro,

Would it be fair to say that Tan Ajahn understood that all "a being" consists of is kammic accumulations and latent tendencies, which 'travel on' unless and until cessation is accomplished?

metta and respect,
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Nothing is worth clinging to as me or mine.


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