Dr. Dukkha wrote:When I don't take a sleeping pill, I don't fall asleep until sometimes around 5am. How do you do it?
On that note, how do bhikkus get themselves to wake up without an alarm clock? My Hindu friend said he also is aware of his people also doing this practice.
Dr. Dukkha wrote:How is this possible?
MN 107: Gaṇakamoggallāna Sutta wrote:"What is the cause, good Gotama, what the reason that; since nibbana does exist, since the way leading to nibbana exists, since the good Gotama exists as adviser, some of the good Gotama's disciples on being exhorted thus and instructed thus by the good Gotama, attain the unchanging goal — nibbana, but some do not attain it?"
"Well then, brahman, I will question you on this point in reply. As it is pleasing to you, so you may answer me. What do you think about this, brahman? Are you skilled in the way leading to Rajagaha?"
"Yes, sir, skilled am I in the way leading to Rajagaha."
"What do you think about this? A man might come along here wanting to go to Rajagaha. Having approached you, he might speak thus: 'I want to go to Rajagaha, sir; show me the way to this Rajagaha.' You might speak thus to him: "Yes, my good man, this road goes to Rajagaha; go along it for a while. When you have gone along it for a while you will see a village; go along for a while; when you have gone along for a while you will see a market town; go for a while. When you have gone along for a while you will see Rajagaha with its delightful parks, delightful forests, delightful fields, delightful ponds. But although he has been exhorted and instructed thus by you, he might take the wrong road and go westwards. Then a second man might come along wanting to go to Rajagaha...(as above)... you will see Rajagaha with its delightful... ponds.' Exhorted and instructed thus by you he might get to Rajagaha safely. What is the cause, brahman, what the reason that, since Rajagaha does exist, since the way leading to Rajagaha exists, since you exist as adviser, the one man, although being exhorted and instructed thus by you, may take the wrong road and go westwards while the other may get to Rajagaha safely?"
"What can I, good Gotama, do in this matter? A shower of the way, good Gotama, am I."
"Even so, brahman, nibbana does exist, the way leading to nibbana exists and I exist as adviser. But some of my disciples, on being exhorted and instructed thus by me attain the unchanging goal — nibbana, some do not attain it. What can I, brahman, do in this matter? A shower of the way, brahman, is a Tathagata."
Lack of faith, not cultivating faith through practice, not coming to terms with what faith means to them, or some other deficiency in regard to faith. In short, cultivating doubt as opposed to faith.Dr. Dukkha wrote:How is this possible?
Focus on fortifying your own faith. Reading about the details of people who convert to and then away from Buddhism is detrimental to this.Dr. Dukkha wrote:What do I do here?
MN 19 wrote:Bhikkhus, whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind.
Dr. Dukkha wrote:And then I hear about Jewish Buddhist who practiced Buddhism for years and the Dalai Lama told him to go back to Judaism.
Dr. Dukkha wrote:First off, and the most obvious, people don't want to be a Buddhist because they don't want to give up worldly pleasures.
Then at the next level, I have a friend who says he's been meditating for years has been studying Buddhism but couldn't get over pain, but Judaism helped him out of it.
The next level is people who become monks for years and then gives up on it.
And then I hear about Jewish Buddhist who practiced Buddhism for years and the Dalai Lama told him to go back to Judaism.
And lastly are the rabbis who go to India and successfully convert prominent Buddhist and Hindu monks and gurus with a huge amount of followers back to Judaism.
How is this possible? Buddhism makes so much sense... Judaism and Christianity don't make any sense at all and are full of contradictions, although it seems that Kabbalah is very similar to Buddhism.
I really don't understand what is going on here. I really have trouble believing in the god thing, but to be honest, I'd much rather be a Jew if it was the true religion, if there is such thing as ultimately true religion. What do I do here?
Why does Buddhism not work for some people?
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