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But there's a reason that ancient Zen masters warned against the use of luxurious beds. They felt strongly that a comfortable life made spiritual practice harder. I wonder what they would think of us now?

Seeing things as they are

One of the most Buddhist writings i came across is called: "A Course In Miracles"

In the most practical way it helps us to change our thought system and start seeing things as they are, literally....

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Buddhism is a path of seeing things as they are. All generalizations including what I said just now is inappropriate. As a matter of fact, seeing things as they are, is not that easy as it seems. Especially considering the distortions of mind that can often play one trick after another. Sorry, I haven't been posting for quite some time. But, I will say what I need to anyways. :) :)

You can not force yourself into seeing things as they are. I has to be natural. You can definitely self-hypnotize yourself temporarily into believing that you are seeing things as they are. But in the long run it will make you suffer. Relying on your thought can be inappropriate too because you might be living in the very delusion of your own.

Trying to achieve the state of seeing things as they are, applying these wrong methods will only take you to a dead end. You'll be distorted with the belief that you've reached a certain degree of perfection. And, your cup will be full. You will no more be able to learn new lessons. As Shunryu Suzuki once said,

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few.

To avoid the mentioned pitfalls that I have carefully explained above you must start emptying the mind. No matter how advanced practitioner you consider yourself to be, emptying the mind is of utmost importance. I could have written the post in third person but I prefer to communicate to YOU directly. Because only YOU can change your life.

So, instead of trying to view the world in a particular way start meditating regularly. It doesn't have to be anything complex. It is just emptying you mind. And, remember 5 minutes of restless meditation doesn't mean much. Try harder. In the beginning the mind will resist, thoughts will disturb you. But, with time the mud will settle and you will achieve stillness. And, you will find yourself doing the right things, seeing the right things and speaking the right things spontaneously.

Picture attribution BK @ Flickr

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This beautiful dialogue between Dighanaka and Gautama the Buddha is the teaching that Buddhism is neither 'philosophy' or 'doctrine' and to think otherwise is to mistake ‘the finger pointing at the moon for the moon itself’. This story is retold by Master Thich Nhat Hanh [1] originally found in the Dighanaka Sutta (MN 74)

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Sometimes it takes science/psychology to confirm what others take to be common sense: caring for others makes you happier. 

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I can't believe I didn't watch this sooner. A very nice Buddhist film. (EDIT: It's a very good presentation of paṭiccasamuppāda and as a whole, of what it is to be "awake".) I'll stop there so as not to ruin/influence anyone's journey and karma in watching this film with my karma. Enjoy!

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To believe or not to believe…

The term for “belief” in Pāḷi is "diṭṭhi."

Unfortunately, the meaning seems much richer: thus, diṭṭhi also refers to "views", "dogmas", "opinions" and "theories" —potentially correct, or at least useful!

Hence we find in the Canon not only that we must transcend or uproot (uttāreti) any "belief," as in the Brahmajāla sutta (DN 1)… but also that we must cultivate sammā-diṭṭhi, the "right view" of the eightfold path!

Same word diṭṭhi, translated differently depending on the context, perhaps to designate a phenomenon that ought to be abandoned and cultivated at the same time? How to make sense of this?

#Buddhism #Dharma

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#Meditation : 5 #Strange Changes That Happen to Your #Body When You Begin #Meditating

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Buddhism is very different from other religions because it refuses all dogma and embraces, promotes and teaches doubt. Buddhism goes even further and insists that advanced right-views are to have no-view and even denies that it is itself teaching the truth about the world and remains a faithful enterprise working towards 'enlightenment' by embracing doubt and rejecting all dogmas.
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