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Living nicely in our heads

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The middle path

 
That which is emptiness does not empty phenomena, because phenomena themselves are empty; That which is signlessness does not make phenomena signless, because phenomena themselves are signless; That which is wishlessness does not make phenomena wishless, because phenomena are themselves wishless.

To so analyze, oh Kasyapa, is called the middle path – in the correct analysis of phenomena. I say that whoever analyzes emptiness by objectifying emptiness has fallen, fallen far from my teachings.

– Buddha

Rantnakuta Sutra


The Four Reliances

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  First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words; Second, rely on the teachings, not on the personality of the teacher; Third, rely on real wisdom, not superficial interpretation; And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind, not on judgmental perceptions.

~ Traditional Buddhist teaching ~


Not Real

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Dec 7, 2017

Nagarjuna-232There is no reality in a dream but nevertheless

we believe in the reality of the things seen in a dream.

After waking up, we recognize the falsity of the dream

and we smile at ourselves.

In the same way, persons deep in the sleep of the fetter

cling to the things that do not exist;

but when they have found the Path, at the moment of Enlightenment,

they understand that there is no reality, and laugh at themselves.

 

Moreover, by the power of sleep,

dreamers see something there where there is nothing.

In the same way, by the power of the sleep of ignorance,

a person believes in the existence of all kinds of things that do not exist:

‘me’ and ‘mine’, male and female, and so on.

 

In a dream, we enjoy ourselves

although there is nothing enjoyable there;

we are irritated, although there is nothing irritating there;

we are frightened, although there is nothing to be afraid of there.

 

In the same way, beings of the threefold world,

in the sleep of ignorance,

are irritated although there is nothing irritating,

enjoy themselves although there is nothing enjoyable,

and become frightened, although there is nothing frightening.

—Nagarjuna, Mahaprajñaparamitopadesa, Ch. XI


Benefits of meditation

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Realistic Buddhism


Thoughts

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Dec 4, 2017

22279804_1116160435180495_9004800618825953625_nWhatever we frequently think and ponder upon, that will become the inclination of our mind.

If we frequently think and ponder upon thoughts of sensual desire, we have abandoned the thought of renunciation to cultivate the thought of sensual desire, and then our mind inclines to thoughts of sensual desire.

If we frequently think and ponder upon thoughts of ill will and cruelty, we have abandoned the thought of compassion to cultivate the thought of cruelty, and then our mind inclines to thoughts of cruelty.

[…] Whatever we frequently think and ponder upon, that will become the inclination of our mind.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutra on Two Kinds of Thought


The primary cause of unhappiness

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“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
―Eckhart Tolle