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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: THE THEATER OF MY MIND
vertical line Posted on Jul.09.2013 @ 03:32PM EDT by pudgala2
My past is a collection of my thoughts of how my mind interpreted events that my mind thought at the time were important to itself.

My future is an imaginary state generated in the present by my memorized experiences that my mind thought at the time were important to itself.

My mental life kept reincarnating itself over and over and over again because of its inherited sense of self importance.

It all started out as a rehearsal for a play and I got the parts I created in other actor's lives and after uncountable performances I grew weary of all the repetitious acting and so I moved on to writing, directing, producing, and acting in my own plays.

While putting on a performance as a Zen Buddhist I rehearsed a few lines and came to the part where I had to practice sitting still in the middle of the stage and a very odd thing happened. I became acutely aware of the spotlight in the theater that I spent all of my life in and thought was focused on me. It wasn't a spotlight at all but an opening in the theater of my mind.


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Reply from Joe Chip
Jul.09.2013
03:46PM EDT 
vertical line Eat something.
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Reply from Avisitor
Jul.10.2013
11:12AM EDT 
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vertical line Sounds like an epiphany.

To see your past, look to who and what you are now
cause you are the result of the past

To see your future, look to who and what you are now
cause you are what your future self is based upon.

Spot light of the theater of your mind??
I don't understand but it isn't my epiphany.
If you feel you want to learn more about Zen Buddhism then please
go to a Zen Center or Buddhist Center and learn.
Many of those places are free.
And, they can answer some of your questions
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Reply from Joe Chip
Jul.10.2013
11:32AM EDT 
vertical line Exeunt.
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Reply from sit_teh
Jul.10.2013
02:25PM EDT 
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vertical line No objective
No suffering
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Reply from football
Jul.10.2013
03:53PM EDT 
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vertical line kindness and compassion
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Reply from leoj99
Jul.11.2013
12:41AM EDT 
vertical line This is a wonderful topic to infuse some blood into the forum...LOL
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Reply from leoj99
Jul.11.2013
12:50AM EDT 
vertical line I could not express it the way you did...S"
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Reply from leoj99
Jul.11.2013
04:22AM EDT 
vertical line I think no here understand their own mind..lol
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Reply from Joe Chip
Jul.11.2013
07:12PM EDT 
vertical line That's right. You don't. Really.

If you did you'd know that any action can be a theatre for the expression of Zen [meditation].

Okay?
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