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  Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master. Eshun was very pretty even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Several monks secretly fell in love with her. One of them wrote... continue...

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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: WE ARE NOT ATTACHED TO THINGS. WE ARE ATTACHED TO OUR IDEAS ABOUT THINGS.
vertical line Posted on Sep.06.2005 @ 11:52AM EDT by stephen

This can lead to seeing and believing that things are the way we want them to be, but it also can cause us to see what we are afraid of (as in paranoia), or just what we have gotten in the habit of seeing. Any textbook on psychology will have examples. Look under "cognitive dissonance". This lack of contact with reality is what Buddhism means by "ignorance". It is a problem because reality feels no obligation to live up to our ideas about it. If we are emotionally attached to the idea of things being permanent, even though we know better intellectually, then when things break, in addition to the natural regret, we feel betrayed and offended! It wasn't "supposed to" do that!


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Reply from zatoichi
Sep.06.2005
01:53PM EDT 
vertical line you have discovered fire
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Reply from Lynnoh
Sep.06.2005
05:12PM EDT 
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vertical line i have not noticed the lettering beside the original message before now. Can anyone tell me, What does it say?
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Reply from nowandzen
Sep.08.2005
01:32PM EDT 
vertical line Thanks for the clarification.  I am new to Zen.  Your thoughts are helpful.
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Reply from Lynnoh
Sep.08.2005
04:50PM EDT 
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vertical line psychology: mind/heart ? Oh !
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Reply from 1500free
Sep.08.2005
10:44PM EDT 
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vertical line Stephen, I've missed the point, help me.
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