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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: TAO OF POOH
vertical line Posted on Sep.01.2007 @ 07:24PM EDT by yogaisfun

ok so i had to read the "tao of pooh" for school, and i actually really liked it.

in one part of the book they were discussing a specific painting called " the vinegar tasters" each person tasting from a thing of vinegar and each representing a religion or way of viewing life or something...

anyways the buddhist person had a bitter look on his face because he sees the world as a setter of traps, a generator of illusions, and a revolving wheel of pain for all creatures.

"Buddhist often saw the way to Nirvana interrupted all the same by the bitter wind of everyday existence"

...is life really that bitter?


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Reply from stephen
Sep.02.2007
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anyways the buddhist person had a bitter look on his face because he sees the world as a setter of traps, a generator of illusions, and a revolving wheel of pain for all creatures.

"Buddhist often saw the way to Nirvana interrupted all the same by the bitter wind of everyday existence"

...is life really that bitter?

This is a common misunderstanding. Buddha looked and saw that life is suffering. This suffering is based on the worldly filtering system which we apply to our perceptions (our attachments, delusions and anger). He taught to experience the world in the moment and to overcome our monkey mind filtering system. The “bitter wind” is from the inside out and to realize your Buddha nature is to calm the wind. MU

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Reply from -----0
Sep.02.2007
11:52AM EDT 
vertical line Buddhism is actually very optimistic.
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Reply from ______
Sep.02.2007
01:14PM EDT 
vertical line Is it?

Have you read stephen's stuff?
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Reply from lehish
Sep.02.2007
04:47PM EDT 
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Reply from boymonk
Sep.02.2007
05:17PM EDT 
vertical line My "bitter wind" is from the inside out alright, but usually try beano to calm it.
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