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Middle way

Sanity on the spot

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A story is told about Ananda, the Buddha’s personal attendant, who had the desire to engage in a long period of fasting. He began to grow feeble and weak; he couldn’t sit and meditate, so finally the Buddha told him, “Ananda, if there is no food, there is no body. If there is no body, there is no dharma. If there is no dharma, there is no enlightenment. Therefore go back and eat.” That is the basic logic of the Buddhist teachings and of Buddhist psychology. We can actually be decent and sane on the spot, not through extreme measures but by managing our life properly, and thereby cultivating maitri, gentleness and friendliness to yourself.

– Chögyam Trungpa

from the book “The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology”

Beyond, Not Between
June 12, 2018

afe9e2d771e29003bb9d767391738016 (1)Great Middle Way is a translation of Maha Madhyamaka, which is what our Lamas call the Jonang view of the Dharma.

The Great Middle Way is found beyond (not between) all extremes: beyond austerity and hedonism, eternalism and nihilism, sectarianism and eclecticism, dualism and monism.

“It is not this. It is not that. It is not both. It is not neither.”


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

Studying texts and stiff meditation can make you lose your Original Mind

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 Studying texts and stiff meditation
can make you lose your Original Mind.
A solitary tune by a fisherman, though,
can be an invaluable treasure.
Dusk rain on the river,
the moon peeking in and out of the clouds;
Elegant beyond words,
he chants his songs night after night.~ Ikkyu ~