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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: WHAT I LIKE ABOUT BUDDHISM
vertical line Posted on Feb.04.2009 @ 01:10PM EDT by CrazyHorse
First  of  all I  like  the  idea that I  can, by myself, understand  the  nature  of  things.  Buddha  did.  From that  premise  life  in the  sense  of  the individual begins.  Spiritual  journey / quest. 

After  that  I  like the  idea that man / woman  is the  only  authority  in  this.  This means  they  are  not  faulty, factory  rejects  that need  to be  manipulated by  authority  figures.  They are  the  authority regarding what  they need  to learn.

A  one  size  fits all 'truth'  is  mislabeled.  Buddhism, if  I understand it  correctly,  has  no  dogma, no precepts.  It  is  about realizing what  is in  front  of  the  eyes and  interpreting it .

Teachers can  be  helpful.  They  can  be  unhelpful.  Teachers  should  be  like  the  hand that  lofts  the  bird into  the  air knowing  the  bird  will not  return. 

There's  probably more  to  my  liking  of  Buddhism.

Hope  I have not  offended  anyone.

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Reply from zen-zen
Feb.04.2009
01:51PM EDT 
vertical line No offense whatsoever in your writing. Very well said indeed. Thank you for your time and effort. :)
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Reply from CrazyHorse
Feb.04.2009
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vertical line Quote: "No offense whatsoever in your writing. Very well said indeed. Thank you for your time and effort. :)"
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Thanks,  it's  been  a  long  strange  trip.  The  tunnel  is  finally  showing  me  that there  is some  light.
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.04.2009
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vertical line Offense is desire based. What's for dinner?
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Reply from -----0
Feb.04.2009
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Once you have come this far, there is one more step to go: forget Buddhism.

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Reply from lehish
Feb.04.2009
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Qoute:  It  is  about realizing what  is in  front  of  the  eyes and  interpreting it ."

it there's thinking-interpretation, there's not seeing (not of eyes)

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Feb.04.2009
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Reply from lehish
Feb.04.2009
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not even

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Reply from lehish
Feb.04.2009
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lol...wasn't saying that

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Reply from CrazyHorse
Feb.04.2009
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Once you have come this far, there is one more step to go: forget Buddhism.

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That's  what  I  like  about Buddhism.  It  is  not  an  end it  is more like  a  means to  an  end. 

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Reply from shayne
Feb.05.2009
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zen is a vessel.

some liken it to religion.

some dont.

some just take it as a boat to get from one shore to the other.

once reached the boat if left behind.

but yes...........thats why i like zen too.

accepting what is compared to what we WANT to think.

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Reply from IZIZIZ
Feb.05.2009
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Buddhism and Zen are no-thing alike.

 When you know Zen there will be no-thing that you will know about Buddhism.

Understand who your dreams are Crazyhorse.

Maybe second time lucky.

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Feb.05.2009
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vertical line eatting trail mix while reading... reached inside cup instead of bag
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Reply from CrazyHorse
Feb.05.2009
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Buddhism and Zen are no-thing alike.

 When you know Zen there will be no-thing that you will know about Buddhism.

Understand who your dreams are Crazyhorse.

Maybe second time lucky.

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Not  sure if I  understand you.  I have  little  knowledge of  the  matters at  hand   but  have  read  and  listened  to a  variety of sources  on  the  topic  at  hand.  Alan Watts mainly.

I owe  no  allegiance to  any school  of  thought.  I  made that mistake  once and  learned how  blind  it  makes  a  person.  The  concepts  of 'emptiness' and those found in the metaphor of  Indra's  net I  find  solid enough to  trust as  a means  of  explaining the  human  condition.

A person  can  only  love another  as  he  loves  himself through  the concept  of  'emptiness' IMO.  Only  when  he  understands that, even  partially, can such  a  love be  genuine. 

That being  said the  future is  not  a  worry  to me.  I can  always  take a walk  with Mr. Hemingway.  Basically what  I  have  learned from Buddhism  is  that there is nothing  to  lose that can  rightly be  considered a loss. 
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