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  Posted on Aug.08.2009 @ 10:58PM EDT by chontri
What, monks, is the world? The eye and shapes, the ear and sounds,
the nose and smells, the tongue and tastes, the body and tactile objects,
the mind and mental objects - these... continue...

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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: THE NEUROTIC PERSONALITY
vertical line Posted on Feb.09.2007 @ 12:07PM EDT by Pendragon

Before I leave for Beliefnet, I will just share this with you:

The Western neurotic personality feels fundamentally ignorant, powerless, and unhappy. He feels cut off from other human beings. He finds himself in a desperate, seemingly life-or-death struggle to present an idealized self to the world.  He feels that he must be perceived by others as powerful and wise, "knowing what he is doing", better informed than you.

He is easily threatened by anything and anyone who might expose this pretense.

Thus  he resents anyone who demonstrates any kind of superior knowledge or ability or experience.

The healthy personality is much more realistic, accepts uncertainty and ambiguity, values gratitude and humility, and is not combative.  He values the knoweldge and experience others.


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Reply from boymonk
Feb.09.2007
12:16PM EDT 
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Have fun at Beliefnet, Pendragon, and don’t forget to write.

And remember to take some oxygen with you, I hear they have some high level discussion there.

 Over and out. :)

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Reply from poor monk
Feb.09.2007
12:37PM EDT 
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vertical line 'Healthy' is an interesting idea.
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.09.2007
12:37PM EDT 
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vertical line He still believes he's a boy. I won't even mention the monk part.
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Reply from ______
Feb.09.2007
01:03PM EDT 
vertical line Hysterical.
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Reply from boymonk
Feb.09.2007
01:08PM EDT 
vertical line Quote: "He still believes he's a boy.
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You mean En Shin? Indeed, a grown man who needs permission from a bunch of online bozos to participate in a forum, and an enlightened man at that!


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Reply from ______
Feb.09.2007
01:17PM EDT 
vertical line I like them easterners just as well - I'm right where east meets west so I don't Mcmuck.
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Reply from -----0
Feb.09.2007
03:44PM EDT 
vertical line A healthy personality could have a bit more compassion for those he regards neurotic, ignorant, powerless, and unhappy. The realism of Zen is in doubting all knowledge, putting it to test of one's own experience.
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Reply from ZenTurtle
Feb.09.2007
06:24PM EDT 
vertical line Are you making fun of my neurosis?
I must say, I do feel persecuted!

; )
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