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  Posted on Aug.01.2009 @ 09:07PM EDT by chontri

Not to be reached by traveling is the end of the world,
Yet there is no release from sorrow
Unless you reach the end of the world.

The one who is wise and lives... continue...

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vertical line Posted on Jul.27.2007 @ 11:04PM EDT by kelvintan

 

To My Friends

 

 

You are not the limited, principle person you think you are. My personal experiences in life brought about changes with my conviction to become completely aware, and fully capable of achieving the greatest good for not only myself but also the people I loved and care. I do have my fair share of being upset about the people around me. Well, that is what life’s experiences is all about.

The only problem is that we do not recognize these things about ourselves and constantly lived in a deluded state and self-denial. Inside, we are empty because we give out but have not received any back whether from work, family or friends. Sometime we listen to to others pass judgments and evade our very own problems.

We are completely aware and fully capable of making changes but refuse to so because of Self-preservation. We become critical of others. What are we all out to prove? We got only ourselves to blame for constructing this image about ourselves, formed the habits of trying to outwit another.

Find out for yourself what is lurking inside your mind. Most of us, our mind is usually coloured by dualistic perspective like right and wrong, good and bad, joy and happiness. Every experience you have whether the things you like or do not is some how bounded by some sense of limitation.

Personal experience has taught me that it is possible to overcome any sense of personal limitation. Otherwise, I would not express my thoughts to you all.

Not by NATO (No Action, Talk Only) but by practices, it actually work and that is how meditation work. Not sitting or try to suppress rigidly and listening to what the teacher say. He can only guide but not meditate for you. Just find your own balance. Those feelings of limitation, anxiety, fear and so on are just so much of your mental gossip you have about yourself. In addition, habits formed by you can be unlearned. So much for neurons. We need to fine tune it.

I can say safely say that my understanding of the mind is no one created it. The fundamental nature of the mind is so vast that it completely transcends intellectual understanding. Somehow, humans impose so many ideas about themselves, like having faith and yet their actions speak louder than words. To me it make no sense running away from what is ultimately your rights as an individual to live life to the fullest. This world is what we all have created it.

 

Yours Truly

With Metta

Kelvin Tan

26/7/07


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Reply from kelvintan
Jul.28.2007
01:28AM EDT 
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The Heart Sutra

 

Form is emptiness.

Emptiness is form.

Emptiness is nothing other than form.

Form is nothing other than emptiness.

 

Emptiness is described as the basis that makes everything – 12th Tai Situpa Rinpoche.

 

Early translators of Sanskrit and Tibetan Buddhist texts interpreted emptiness as “the Void” or nothingness - mistakenly equating emptiness with the idea that nothing at all exists.

 

The Buddha taught that the nature of the mind – in fact, the nature of all phenomena – is emptiness, only in the sense of something beyond our ability to perceive with our senses and our capacity to conceptualize. A better translation would be “inconceivable” or “unnamable”. Therefore, when Buddhists talk about emptiness, we do not mean nothingness, but rather an unlimited potential for anything to appear, change, or disappear.

 

Just as the vacuum is considered “empty,” yet is the source from which all manner of particles appear, the mind is essentially “empty” in that it defies absolute description. Yet out of this indefinable and incompletely knowable basis, all thoughts, emotions, and sensations perpetually arise.

 

Because the nature of your mind is emptiness, you possess the capacity to experience a potentially unlimited variety of thoughts, emotions, and sensations. Even misunderstandings of emptiness are simply phenomena arising out of emptiness!

 

One must realized that emptiness is not nothingness, because there must be something before there can be nothing. Emptiness is everything – all possibilities of existence and nonexistence imaginable, occurring simultaneously. Therefore, if our true nature is emptiness, then nobody can be said to truly die and no one can be said to be truly born, because the possibility of being in a certain way and not being in a certain way is present within us at every moment.

 

Ultimate truth cannot be taught without basis on relative truth… Nagaruna, Madhyamakarika.

 

The mind is empty in essence. Although empty, everything constantly arises in it.  – 3rd Gyalwang Karmapa.

 

Whatever depends on conditions is explained to be empty…Sutra Requested by Madropa

 

A short Extract from The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

With Metta – Kelvin Tan 28/7/2007 Saturday

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Jul.28.2007
04:02AM EDT 
vertical line What is it that leads you to think limitedly that:

"You are not the limited, principle person you think you are...." ?

How would you know that?
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Reply from kelvintan
Jul.28.2007
08:46AM EDT 
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Quote: "What is it that leads you to think limitedly that:

"You are not the limited, principle person you think you are...." ?

How would you know that?
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Hi,

It is my own Thinking Mind that gets caught by my very own perception, governed by my own set of principles of who I am. The heart sutra gave me a different perspective of what this mind is all about. I feel free from this bondage of my thoughts. Just my thoughts.

Regards

With Metta.

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Reply from gebhart099
Jul.28.2007
11:39AM EDT 
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vertical line Don't seek to achieve the greatest good for yourself and those you love and care for, but for all others even those who would seek to do you harm. If a person considers himself your enemy, that is his delusion. You don't have to accept his enmity.
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Reply from kelvintan
Jul.28.2007
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Quote: "Don't seek to achieve the greatest good for yourself and those you love and care for, but for all others even those who would seek to do you harm. If a person considers himself your enemy, that is his delusion. You don't have to accept his enmity."
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Hi,

Thank you for sharing.

May all be well and free from enmity.

With Metta

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Reply from -----0
Jul.30.2007
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In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added.

In the practice of Zen, every day something is dropped.

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Reply from kelvintan
Jul.31.2007
01:27PM EDT 
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In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added.

In the practice of Zen, every day something is dropped.

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Quote:

Without a dreamer, there would be no dream.

Without the mind of the dreamer, there would be no dream.

If the dreamer were not sleeping, there would be no dream.

All these circumstances have to come together in order for a dream to occur.

Whatever is the cause that binds is the path that liberates.

With Metta

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Reply from -----0
Jul.31.2007
02:55PM EDT 
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other people have a purpose
I alone don't know
I drift like a wave on the ocean
I blow as aimless as the wind

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Reply from lehish
Jul.31.2007
07:26PM EDT 
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other people have a purpose
I alone don't know
I drift like a wave on the ocean
I blow as aimless as the wind

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you know you  "don't know"?

waving doesn't know waving

blowing doesn't know blowing

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Reply from Doreen
Jul.31.2007
11:22PM EDT 
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other people have a purpose
I alone don't know
I drift like a wave on the ocean
I blow as aimless as the wind

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you know you  "don't know"?

waving doesn't know waving

blowing doesn't know blowing

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yes

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Reply from lehish
Aug.01.2007
12:14AM EDT 
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Reply from ______
Aug.01.2007
06:29AM EDT 
vertical line Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, because it's not worth knowing.
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Reply from kelvintan
Aug.01.2007
12:22PM EDT 
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other people have a purpose
I alone don't know
I drift like a wave on the ocean
I blow as aimless as the wind

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Let your own experience serve as your guide and inspiration.

Let yourself enjoy the view as you drift like waves on the ocean

 The view is your own mind, and because your mind is already enlightened,

if you take the opportunity to reach is the place you already are.

The answer my friend is blowing in the  aimlessly in the wind.

With Metta

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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.01.2007
02:47PM EDT 
vertical line Does your face have a cushion on it? Mine can.
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Reply from ______
Aug.01.2007
05:40PM EDT 
vertical line er...let myself enjoy the view while I drift like waves on the ocean?...er...more bol?...er....whoopee?
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.01.2007
07:59PM EDT 
vertical line Don't flush! I may need it!
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