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  • vijeno

The benefits of attachment ;-)

Being attached to helping others
is still attachment and an obstacle.

Being attached to compassion
is still attachment and an obstacle.

Being attached to lovingkindness
is still attachment and an obstacle.

Being attached to enlightenment
is still attachment and an obstacle.

Being attached to regular meditation
is still attachment and an obstacle.


- I'd sure like to live in a world in which
all people are atteched to helping others,
to compassion and lovingkindness,
to meditation and enlightenment.

;-)
v

The Buddhist Mythos of the Arising and Passing Away of the World

I was browsing anthropology resources, and stumbled upon this essay.

It's extremely interesting and well researched, and was written by Dr. James J. Hughes, who was a Buddhist monk, and then earned his doctorate in medical sociology.

There's also an interesting section on Family-Oriented Sangha and Mindful Parenting on his site, for those interested. I haven't looked at that section too carefully, but it looks like it would be a good resource.
  • mborino

Eight Verses for Training the Mind

I am currently studying a different translation of this text at my center but I thought I would share this anyway. If I can scan the other translation I may post that as well. Thanks.

Eight Verses for Training the Mind

by Langri Thangpa

With a determination to accomplish
The highest welfare for all sentient beings
Who surpass even a wish-granting jewel
I will learn to hold them supremely dear.

Whenever I associate with others I will learn
To think of myself as the lowest among all
And respectfully hold others to be supreme
From the very depths of my heart.

In all actions I will learn to search into my mind
And as soon as an afflictive emotion arises
Endangering myself and others
Will firmly face and avert it.

I will learn to cherish beings of bad nature
And those oppressed by strong sins and suffering
As if I had found a precious
Treasure very difficult to find.

When others out of jealousy treat me badly
With abuse, slander, and so on,
I will learn to take on all loss,
And offer victory to them.

When one whom I have benefited with great hope
Unreasonably hurts me very badly,
I will learn to view that person
As an excellent spiritual guide.

In short, I will learn to offer to everyone without exception
All help and happiness directly and indirectly
And respectfully take upon myself
All harm and suffering of my mothers.

I will learn to keep all these practices
Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly conceptions
And by understanding all phenomena as like illusions
Be released from the bondage of attachment.

Mod Post: DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.

Hey all. I don't know about you, but it's a lovely morning in Denver, CO and I just finished my morning chanting. I thought it might be neat to have a discussion question--maybe once a month or just every so often--what do you think? I'll kick it off with these starter questions about a certain topic:

PAST LIVES

Past lives are an aspect of many (if not all) Buddhist sects: the belief of reincarnation or rebirth.

-Do you agree?
-Have you had experiences with a past life?
-How do you convey the idea of past lives to those who are curious?
-Please feel free to write anything in response to the topic of "Past Lives".