verb [ trans. ]
1 take delight or pleasure in (an activity or occasion) : Joe enjoys reading Icelandic family sagas.
• ( enjoy oneself) have a pleasant time : I could never enjoy myself, knowing you were in your room alone.
• [ intrans. ] informal used to urge someone to take pleasure in what is about happen or be done : your love life and love for life get stronger after the 28th—enjoy!
2 possess and benefit from : the security forces enjoy legal immunity from prosecution.
The main reason for having switched to Mahayana for several years was that, in my opinion, they (clergy & lay) have a more positive approach towards the wordly aspects of life, for instance enjoying a glass of alcohol, enjoying and participating in art, engaging in a career,….
As a husband & father I enjoy all these things. But in my perception the theraravada-tradition stresses more on : giving up, letting go, no attachment.
Is this a crooked view or are some of you (as householders) also struggling with the balance between enjoying and non-attachment.
patrick.lemahieu wrote:are some of you (as householders) also struggling with the balance between enjoying and non-attachment.
redlotus wrote:What is the exact definition of attachment? Does attachment include physical, mental attachment? Or is it just any form? For example, family and friends and attachment. Food, water- are those considered attachments?
S. XXII. 95
Suppose a man who was not blind beheld the many bubbles on the Ganges as they drove along, and he watched them and carefully examined them; then after he had carefully examined them they would appear to him empty, unreal and unsubstantial. In exactly the same way does the monk behold all the corporeal phenomena, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and states of consciousness-whether they be of the past, or the present, or the future, far or near. And he watches them, and examines them carefully; and, after carefully examining them, they appear to him empty, void and without a Self.
Adrien wrote:How should we take this ? How should we behave when a pleasant feeling arises ? Just let it be, without diving into it ?
phil wrote:But if there is no tightening, if there is no moving within reason to renouncing some degree or other of sensual attachment, the loosening and slackening will go on and on....
gabrielbranbury wrote:I appreciate the entire post. It is very balanced yet uncompromising. I think we usually have some unhelpful activity we are on the cusp of renouncing but we tend to distract ourselves with ideas about renunciations which are currently out of reach.
Surely, Mahayana is much easier to swallow than Theravada
gabrielbranbury wrote:Surely, Mahayana is much easier to swallow than Theravada
Hi there Imaginos
I, for one, am not so sure of this.
Mahayaha introduced savior like figures (such as Guanyin, Amitabha, and etc.) who are supposed to do heavy liftings for the followers.
When it comes to human psychology on religion, the biggest selling point is its savor figure.
All the major religions (except true Buddhism) have at least one.
The rapid rise of Mahayana over Theravada in the history had a proximate cause.
And the cause is it provided people what they mostly likely to hear (i.e. savior like figures who do heavy liftings for them).
Human minds love free rides, package deals, group salvations, and etc.
In other words, humans love to receive something for free without discipline and hard work.
But that's not what our teacher, the one and only fully awakened one, taught.
Our teacher taught that he teaches Dhamma but its practice is up to us.
Dhamma is the most precisely formulated map to carry one to the other shore.
However, it will do nothing unless someone is actually putting down hard work according to the map.
One's practice determines one's destiny.
There's no one can save you but yourself.
IanAnd wrote:There's a difference between enjoyment of a phenomenon and becoming attached to what is being enjoyed. The first can be experienced without the second getting in the way, if you can understand what I am suggesting. The Buddha "enjoyed" (experienced pleasure in) contemplation on the breath without becoming attached to it. Can you see the difference?
The moment can be enjoyed (for however long the moment exists) and one can enjoy it as such without becoming attached to such phenomena. It is when craving for a specific enjoyment enters the picture (be it a physical or a mental enjoyment) that enjoyment turns into attachment. You just have to learn to separate the two.
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