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what the buddha taught

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Re: what the buddha taught

Postby baratgab » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:08 pm

"Just as in the great ocean there is but one taste — the taste of salt — so in this Doctrine and Discipline there is but one taste — the taste of freedom"

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Re: what the buddha taught

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:39 pm

All we need do baratgab is not anaethesise ourselves. Dukkha will do what it does best. I have not seen anyone mention self discipline per se until you did. Just openess to what is anyway the case.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: what the buddha taught

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:56 pm

"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: what the buddha taught

Postby baratgab » Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:49 am

"Just as in the great ocean there is but one taste — the taste of salt — so in this Doctrine and Discipline there is but one taste — the taste of freedom"

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Re: what the buddha taught

Postby adosa » Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:13 am

"To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas" - Dhammapada 183

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Re: what the buddha taught

Postby Dan74 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:03 am

I guess, the great gift that suffering can bring (if we allow it to) is humility. It chews us up and spits us out and the end product has cracks in the illusory self. We tend to fill those in pretty quickly though.

But certainly I've seen people (and myself) going through very tough times but at the same time so brilliantly free of the usual BS... There can be a depth to suffering, a reflection that is as natural as it is pure.

On the other hand, mostly we tend to get reactive, spouting anger and blame, or seeking vengeance like that big poster that stares at me every day when I leave home (A Law Abiding Citizen).

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PS A little Zen note (caveat lector!) in koan or hua-tou training, "suffering" is cultivated in the sense of bringing the practitioner to the edge of despair as one struggles to find the answer to the question that absorbs the questioner completely, but the answer only comes when one lets go clutching at all straws including oneself. It's the brilliant sunshine that comes after every last trick has been exhausted, every subterfuge rejected, every notion demolished, and every bit of hope has died. Nothing left to hold on to. So the house-builder gives up!
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Re: what the buddha taught

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Re: what the buddha taught

Postby Dan74 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:56 am

Except where is shamatha and vipassana in this?

In koan meditation there are both.

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Re: what the buddha taught

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Re: what the buddha taught

Postby Dan74 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:26 am

I disagree with you last line - it was not a doctrinal insight, it was a direct insight. "Doctrinal insight" to me means intellectual understanding, this was direct understanding.

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Re: what the buddha taught

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:34 am

Indeed but there are always those who would prefer to think that we can go past the soup and main and straight to the pudding.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: what the buddha taught

Postby Thai_Theravada » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:39 am

Buddha taught the way to getting the the "Truth"

The Truth that not depend on time

The Truth that must have see only by yourself

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Re: what the buddha taught

Postby catmoon » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:33 am

Hiya Katersy!


I feel perfectly guiltless in my practice of cherry-picking the Dharma. I view it as a cherry tree in which some cherries are ripe and others are not. In time maybe I will see them all ripen: I do not know.

If a teaching or practice aggravates my depression, triggers anxieties or anger, then I drop it like a hot coal, or at least examine it very very carefully.

If a teaching seems in harmony with what I can demonstrate, with the beautiful flow of the teachings of lamas and ajahns and venerables, that I keep, adopt, and try to work with.

So my guiding principle is harmony, supported by analysis. Things that pass these tests I tend to regard as originating with the Buddha, although certainty is still far off.


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