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11. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

You're probably right Brendan in saying most people suffer. I sort of assume that everybody must, but I dont know that.

YOu seem to be pretty interested in Buddhist teaching...do you not believe that to grow into an enlightened state of being suffering is a must?

I'm always interested in what other people think on this. If I was to resign myself to the fact that suffering really is just suffering and nothing more, I would get pretty depressed I think. Life would lose its meaning....or does it have any meaning, I'm not sure sometimes.

Meaty issues for this hour of the evening;)

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

No need to apolgise for "seconding" me Tway - maybe i'm just quicker at typing;) that's all.

13. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

if I was to resign myself to the fact that suffering really is just suffering and nothing more, I would get pretty depressed

I do not mean to marginalise the suffering of people. I think suffering and elation are just what they are.

do you not believe that to grow into an enlightened state of being suffering is a must?

By that do you mean suffering at the hands of one-self or the hands of others? Either way, I think that complete disassociation is required. From both ends.

I am not saying that a persons life filled with elation or suffering is wasted or has lost it's meaning. Life is life, life is growth.

Some may say that by disassocoating yourself you there is now meaning, life is still life. For me I like the idea of a Buddha because I see a world filled with greed and malice; also at the other end of kindness and love, but to either offer happiness? Do either sides live with-out hate for the other?

14. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Pardus

Buddha says:

"Attachment causes suffering".

Your opinions please.

When you aint got nothing, you got nothing to lose

15. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

My personal favorite......
Remember always that you are just a visitor here, a traveler passing through. your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.
None can live without toil and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed. But if you toil without rest, fatigue and wearness will overtake you, and you will denied the joy that comes from labour's end.
Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice. If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others.
Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered.
Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten. Instead, nurture love within you and and strive to be a friend to all. Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.
Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, set time aside, to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are.
Despite all appearances, no one is really evil. They are led astray by ignorance. If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light, rather
then blame and condemnation.
You, no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within. Your essential Mind is pure. Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remose nor dark foreboding cast you down. Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.
Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light.
Dhammavadaka

16. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

Remember always that you are just a visitor here, a traveler passing through. your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.

Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered.

Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten. Instead, nurture love within you and and strive to be a friend to all.

Compassion is a balm for many wounds.

Despite all appearances, no one is really evil. They are led astray by ignorance.

Your essential Mind is pure. Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remose nor dark foreboding cast you down.

Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light.
Dhammavadaka

I am not a religious person but extremely spiritual indeed. Joz, thanks for this posting. I have a hard time putting all of that i feel into wise words such as those of Dhammavadaka.
THIS IS MY CREDO! :)

17. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I agree, great posting Cupcake. I really like it, do you have a place you reference?

18. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Brenden,
I have a book of just quotes...one was by Dhammavadaka, so I did a web search and spent two days reading some of what I found!
The internet truly makes us a global village:)

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