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Postby Epistemes » Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:31 pm

The Buddha taught that a person should examine the teachings and judge them for merit and then if they are found useful to follow them. What if we found his teachings not to be useful? Are we relegated to an eternity of bad karma?

If the Buddha did teach that his followers should believe what they see as true/applicable and not what he himself has said (or because he said it), then what is the value of Buddhism?
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Re: Questions

Postby catmoon » Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:35 pm

Perhaps to such a one, Buddhists will be kind.
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Postby Matt J » Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:34 pm

The value of Buddhist teaching is that it presents a different way of looking at the world. It is like a training regimen for the body-mind. I wouldn't have noticed many things without Buddhist teaching. For instance, impermanence. Before, I didn't notice it so much. Now, it's everywhere! I wouldn't have noticed it if the Buddhist teaching hadn't said, all things are impermanent.

Let's say I give you some instructions on strength training. I say you should do sit ups, push ups, and reduce the intake of fatty foods and dairy. If you reject this, will you doom yourself to a lifetime of poor fitness? Not necessarily. Is this without value because I tell you to try it and see instead of believing it? Of course not. Will it do you any good to believe that my regimen will help you if you don't do it? No, it won't.

Just some thoughts.
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If only there is no picking or choosing
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Re: Questions

Postby DarwidHalim » Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:52 am

I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!

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Postby LastLegend » Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:23 am

NAMO AMITABHA
NAM MO A DI DA PHAT (VIETNAMESE)
NAMO AMITUOFO (CHINESE)

Bodhidharma [my translation]
―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―

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Postby Sönam » Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:00 pm

By understanding everything you perceive from the perspective of the view, you are freed from the constraints of philosophical beliefs.
By understanding that any and all mental activity is meditation, you are freed from arbitrary divisions between formal sessions and postmeditation activity.
- Longchen Rabjam -

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Postby LastLegend » Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:19 pm

But to inquire knowledge, it should be objective free from false thinking and emotional biases.
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Re: Questions

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:55 am

Profile Picture: "The Foaming Monk"
The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth.
Original painting by P.Volker /used by permission.

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Re: Questions

Postby LOGANUSO » Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:18 am

outstanding post!! :good:


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