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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: WHAT BUDDHA ACTUALLY DID
vertical line Posted on Jul.09.2013 @ 01:42PM EDT by pudgala2
Twenty-five hundred years ago Siddhartha Gautama made the astonishing discovery that the ego is a virtual reality conditioned in the brain by unconsciously acquired beliefs, attitudes, opinions, moods, etc.—collectively known as sentient beings. Gautama penetrated and released these empty emotional co-factors of his own conditioned personality and realized Enlightenment—the end of mental anguish.

Buddha: I teach one thing and one thing only—the end of [egotistical] suffering.

Sentient being is the most misunderstood and misused concept in Zen Buddhism. It must be thoroughly penetrated and understood or you will completely miss the point of the BuddhaDharma and the ending of mental anguish by the release of all sentient beings.

Sentient beings are mental entities such as beliefs, opinions, attitudes, perceptions, desires, moods, values, prejudices, convictions, assumptions, preconceptions, biases, habit patterns, dispositions, sentiments, judgments, addictions, impulses, compulsions, compunctions, obsessions, scruples, delusions, views, concepts, thoughts, ideas, etc., that are emotionally identified with and encapsulated in an ego. They are mentally felt to be valid and real to the ego. "I am what I feel/experience" is the cry of the ego—the artificial sense of self construction.

The ego is a psychosomatic accretion unwittingly conditioned into the brain by the body growing up the way it did—a fait accompli. The limitations of this crude creation generates ever increasing suffering in the bewildered mind. Most minds, via their ingrown egos, become identified with families, traditions, careers, causes, religions, mental illnesses, drugs, and other acquired addictions, delusions, and illusions.

A self selected few come upon the Truth of Suffering and enter the path/process/practice of the BuddhaDharma seeking an end to their self created suffering by releasing the sentient beings affecting their minds.

Suffering is an alarm telling mind it is time to wake up, pay attention, and return to Original Mind by releasing the sentient beings composing the personal and artificial sense of self called ego.

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Jul.09.2013
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vertical line Life, Liberation and the Pursuit of Nothingness
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Reply from pudgala2
Jul.09.2013
03:12PM EDT 
vertical line Or liberated living with the deconstruction of the sentient belief barrier generating the feeling of suffering self importance.
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Reply from Joe Chip
Jul.09.2013
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vertical line [Zen] Manifest-O: freedom from yourself.
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Jul.09.2013
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vertical line I heard about virtual reality - is there any other kind?
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Jul.09.2013
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vertical line Sorry for your mental anguish.
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Reply from Avisitor
Jul.10.2013
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vertical line Bodhidharma said the way to the Dharma Gate is two fold: Study and practice.
To study alone, it is heavy in concepts and lost to awakening.
To practice alone, it is endless meditation and lost to understanding.


To have a car is nice but does no good if you do not understand how to drive it.
It is nice to be able to drive but does no good if you do not know the rules of the road.

Well, sorry for my rantings.
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Reply from leoj99
Jul.11.2013
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vertical line It is time to have serious topics like this to save the forum from extinction...LOL
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Jul.11.2013
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vertical line Thank you for expressing it so eloquently..
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Jul.11.2013
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vertical line But then the responses will surely leads to oblivion...lol
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Reply from pudgala2
Jul.11.2013
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vertical line Quote: "Bodhidharma said the way to the Dharma Gate is two fold: Study and practice.
To study alone, it is heavy in concepts and lost to awakening.
To practice alone, it is endless meditation and lost to understanding.


To have a car is nice but does no good if you do not understand how to drive it.
It is nice to be able to drive but does no good if you do not know the rules of the road.

Well, sorry for my rantings.
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Hello Avisitor,

Thank you for your thoughtful reply—it is not a rant and warrants no apology. Study and practice are two major requisites of Zen and your posting properly implies the missing part—sincere like minded companions along the way.

Sincere English speaking seekers at ZenGuide can exchange experiences to facilitate and deepen understanding of Zen and its inherent mind liberating process.


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Jul.11.2013
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vertical line Quote: "It is time to have serious topics like this to save the forum from extinction...LOL

Thank you for expressing it so eloquently..

But then the responses will surely leads to oblivion...lol"

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Hello leoj99,

There are at least three of us making an attempt at a sincere dialogue regarding Zen practice. If we stay focused on the path the responses will surely lead to the oblivion of mental suffering.


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Reply from Joe Chip
Jul.11.2013
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vertical line Once upon a time, there was an ist that asked to be carried across a river. A benefactor duly obliged. However, before the farthest bank was reached and in the deepest part of the river, the ist attacked its benefactor. As the heavenly twin is my witness.

Dream on.
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Jul.11.2013
07:14PM EDT 
vertical line All the penetration gets moved, deleted and ultimately panned and banned so you'd better get used to it. Or just keep on with the mental anguish.
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Jul.11.2013
07:19PM EDT 
vertical line What part of the control-fest comes next? You think you pissed somebody off?
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Jul.11.2013
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vertical line And remember, don't eat watermelon and drive ... ptui ... tiing
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Jul.28.2013
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vertical line "Original Topic: What Buddha Actually Did
Twenty-five hundred years ago Siddhartha Gautama made the astonishing discovery that the ego is a virtual reality conditioned in the brain by unconsciously acquired beliefs, attitudes, opinions, moods, etc.—collectively known as sentient beings. Gautama penetrated and released these empty emotional co-factors of his own conditioned personality and realized Enlightenment—the end of mental anguish.

Buddha: I teach one thing and one thing only—the end of [egotistical] suffering.

Sentient being is the most misunderstood and misused concept in Zen Buddhism. It must be thoroughly penetrated and understood or you will completely miss the point of the BuddhaDharma and the ending of mental anguish by the release of all sentient beings.

Sentient beings are mental entities such as beliefs, opinions, attitudes, perceptions, desires, moods, values, prejudices, convictions, assumptions, preconceptions, biases, habit patterns, dispositions, sentiments, judgments, addictions, impulses, compulsions, compunctions, obsessions, scruples, delusions, views, concepts, thoughts, ideas, etc., that are emotionally identified with and encapsulated in an ego. They are mentally felt to be valid and real to the ego. "I am what I feel/experience" is the cry of the ego—the artificial sense of self construction.

The ego is a psychosomatic accretion unwittingly conditioned into the brain by the body growing up the way it did—a fait accompli. The limitations of this crude creation generates ever increasing suffering in the bewildered mind. Most minds, via their ingrown egos, become identified with families, traditions, careers, causes, religions, mental illnesses, drugs, and other acquired addictions, delusions, and illusions.

A self selected few come upon the Truth of Suffering and enter the path/process/practice of the BuddhaDharma seeking an end to their self created suffering by releasing the sentient beings affecting their minds.

Suffering is an alarm telling mind it is time to wake up, pay attention, and return to Original Mind by releasing the sentient beings composing the personal and artificial sense of self called ego."


Well said this is key to understaanding just how deep our chains to the illusory world penetrate into our mind.

Absolutly every thing concieved and percieved is "alive". Shapes, and colors have self awareness, but what is not well graspedd by the masses is that thoughts, concepts, mental patterns and habitual, and conditioned impulses are all sentient beings.

The ego its self, the collectively shared belief/concept of self is also a sentient being.

This is a realization/experience I encountered in an egoless state. Among other things, certain "thoughts" fight for their lives when the ego is over ridden and a natural state is achieved. Certain thoughts are ego born, dependent on ego for their being. In fact our entire life ideology is dependent on the ego concept, but some thinking is distorted by ego, and some is completely born of the ego and dependent on it.

In the egoless state everything that is habitual, or repetitive, or held for too long exposes itself as or becomes its own entity which causes the natural state to feel compelled to see it as an other, which puts your awareness in an egotistical position.

Your technique for stilling the mind, the way you keep your attention focussed contained, or let go of concentration tokeep the attention focussed will all expose themselves as creatures fighting for their lives when their end is near.

Everything is sentient, some beings are eternal and others ephemeral, but the ego, and its dependent beings are the only ones who fear death.

You and I do not fear death or disolution, our bodies are like melting ice; they are when they are, and when they are not, they are not.

All things ahare the same sense of being, it permeates all and gives everything life. It is utterly selfless, but in every being it is intimately connected to awareness and it is from that universal sense of being and awareness that a being gains self awareness, and in humans self awareness is the foundation of the ego concept.

The ego believes that the sense of being, the awareness, and self awareness are it, that they are dependent on its sense of self and that self being.

It believes that it has a life and is living one, and all that is connecte to its materiel being and so it also believes that it will die and so it fears its death because it believes the sense of being is dependent on it.
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Jul.28.2013
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vertical line So, that's what he did.
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