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Whats your motivation ?

Postby purple planet » Mon May 26, 2014 4:05 pm

Would be interested to hear what motivates members of this forum (spefic members) - so what motivates you to practice and put effort in ?
Please send merit to my dog named Mika who has passed away - thanks in advance
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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Mon May 26, 2014 4:18 pm

Conquering the Three poisons and Cultivating the Four Brahma-Viharas.

Loving Kindness is my motivation.

There really is nothing finer than seeing someone smile, because you have made them do so.

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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby purple planet » Mon May 26, 2014 4:33 pm

Thanks for the answer that was what i asked for - but i think maybe i should add some extra questions (not as the main question but as an optional questions) :

In case you changed your motivation : what was the motivation you had when you started and to what motivation it changed ?

if you do it to achieve some spiritual "gain" - why you want that "gain" ? (or to "loss" some bad quality's)

A spesifc example from noBS post :
Conquering the Three poisons and Cultivating the Four Brahma-Viharas.

Loving Kindness is my motivation.
you want this so you can help people more and be nicer to them ?



Do you do something to keep yourself motivated ? did you need to do something in the past ?

This new questions are for everyone not just TheNoBSBuddhist
Please send merit to my dog named Mika who has passed away - thanks in advance
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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Mon May 26, 2014 4:40 pm

purple planet wrote:Thanks for the answer that was what i asked for - but i think maybe i should add some extra questions (not as the main question but as an optional questions) :

In case you changed your motivation : what was the motivation you had when you started and to what motivation it changed ?

Originally, I just immediately felt a rapport with what Buddhism represented to me, and I wanted to be a better person...

if you do it to achieve some spiritual "gain" - why you want that "gain" ? (or to "loss" some bad quality's)


I think any positive gain in Buddhism, is a loss of a negative gain in yourself...

Do you do something to keep yourself motivated ? did you need to do something in the past ?

Practise, practise, practise.
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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby m0rl0ck » Mon May 26, 2014 5:00 pm

I wanted more peace and serenity and less suffering for myself and to be less of a problem to myself and others. Also, to discover who i am and the truth of life and death and existence.

Now its too late to stop and i dont know any other way to live.
Joshu was asked,
"When a man comes to you with nothing,
what would you say to him ?"
Joshu replied, "Throw it away!"
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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby vesak2014 » Wed May 28, 2014 5:53 am

purple planet wrote:Would be interested to hear what motivates members of this forum (spefic members) - so what motivates you to practice and put effort in ?

How about motivation to study? Practice will lead nowhere without study. Oh maybe you assume members have had enough study, ok I got it. My motivation is I want to realize what I've learned, with a hope to be (at least) a sotāpanna in this very lifetime.

purple planet wrote:if you do it to achieve some spiritual "gain" - why you want that "gain" ? (or to "loss" some bad quality's)

Well, the gain is automatically obvious, sotāpanna hopefully.
Btw I found many people in the west want to achieve a "gain" of psychic power such as ability to levitate or fly. Usually they don't want to admit it.
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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby robdog » Wed May 28, 2014 7:31 am

I want to become a better person, more peaceful and more selfless. I want to be someone who puts others first.
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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Wed May 28, 2014 7:59 am

purple planet wrote:.......
This new questions are for everyone not just TheNoBSBuddhist


I'm greatly offended.

I thought you and I were having a nice, quiet, private conversation, on our own.... :sage:

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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby Mkoll » Wed May 28, 2014 8:04 am

Get a room, you two!

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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby seeker242 » Wed May 28, 2014 12:20 pm

purple planet wrote:so what motivates you to practice and put effort in ?


Essentially, dukkha. :smile:
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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby Weakfocus » Wed May 28, 2014 4:23 pm

seeker242 wrote:
purple planet wrote:so what motivates you to practice and put effort in ?


Essentially, dukkha. :smile:


The very same. Dukkha -and my desire to escape its clutches permanently- is what motivates me to meditate daily.
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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby Feathers » Wed May 28, 2014 6:41 pm

Pain and a questioning mind.
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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby manas » Thu May 29, 2014 3:42 am

purple planet wrote:Would be interested to hear what motivates members of this forum (spefic members) - so what motivates you to practice and put effort in ?


It used to be the promise of ecstatic states such as jhanas, but nowadays, being just a tad older and wiser, it's primarily ageing and death that motivate me to keep practicing the Dhamma, to the modest extent that I am able. They are coming whether we like it or not, and whether we are prepared for them, or not. I've reached a place where my life is pretty good now, I'm quite happy with it. The trouble is, it can't last. My thoughts turn to, 'after death, what then?' In fact it gets even worse than that; it could all end at any moment! Or, we could end up severely disabled, unable to move even...these bodies are unreliable. A solution to this situation and all it's inherent & potential sufferings must be found. Plus the Dhamma brings greater (mental / emotional) peace & ease in the here-and-now, which is another good reason to practice it.

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Re: Whats your motivation ?

Postby Denisa » Thu May 29, 2014 10:23 am

My answer is "wholesome happiness".

When I began following 5 precepts, I felt a different kind of happiness contrary to the usual happiness, which is pure, light, blameless. When I give something to a poor person I feel a happiness which I was unable to feel by craving and indulging in sensual pleasures. When I become a more wholesome and a simpler person it is like taking a bath after hours of jogging under hot sun.
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