chownah wrote:Yeah, reading fiction or watching movies or tv shows......even cartoons.........think about the movie Toy Story and any emotions that the animations produced. It is self making. You are fabricating selves for the characters and yourself. This is what virtually all humans do. It is really great that you have discerned that something is up with this.....you might be able to study how this self making happens by being mindful while reading or watching.......I can introspect better when watching in that reading consumes too much of my mental concentration so it is hard for me to be mindful while reading. I think this is a great opportunity to directly experience some of the buddha's teachings......one that is usually overlooked.
P.S. Do you know what I mean when I talk about self making and fabricating selves? I sometimes think that everyone here knows what I'm talking about but some people don't.
Yeah, I definitely know what you are talking about.
Some of the buddha's teachings... one of his central teachings, Anatta/no-self, isn't it?
I enjoy reading very much. Normally I don't get involved that much with the characters, or the involvement is less strong, more subtle. Probably because this is a book about love and I tend to read other genres usually. Also, the author and his writing seems to have quite a strong effect on me... I've read more books like this, but I usually wasn't that moved.
I'm not going to make a problem of it, but I am wondering how we as Buddhists should relate to this.
Thank you for your nice answer!
“Look on the world as empty, Mogharāja, being always mindful.
Having removed wrong view of self, in this way one will cross beyond Death.
When looking on the world in this way the king of Death does not see one.” - Sn 5.15