Catmoon wrote:BTW maybe you can tell me if I have inadvertently fallen into one of those questions Buddha warned us about? You know, the ones that just make you crazy?
Here's the ten inponderables:
1. The world is eternal.
2. The world is not eternal.
3. The world is (spatially) infinite.
4. The world is not (spatially) infinite.
5. The soul (jiva) is identical with the body.
6. The soul is not identical with the body.
7. The Tathagata (a perfectly enlightened being) exists after death.
8. The Tathagata does not exist after death.
9. The Tathagata both exists and does not exist after death.
10. The Tathagata neither exists nor does not exist after death.
53. "When, friends, a noble disciple understands mentality-materiality, the origin of mentality-materiality, the cessation of mentality-materiality, and the way leading to the cessation of mentality-materiality, in that way he is one of right view... and has arrived at this true Dhamma.
- http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... l#namarupa
Mind is something to be contemplated, pondered, and understood.
But in this instance, asking me for advice is like one blind man asking another what an elephant looks like. This is where an experienced teacher is handy, that's the very reason I'm leaving for Sri Lanka next year. The Dhamma is like a jungle path that is not clearly defined, if one does not have an experienced guide to help, it's easy to get side tracked, lost and waste a lot of time being led down the garden path.
"But, Udāyi, let be the past, let be the future, I shall set you forth the Teaching: When there is this this is, with arising of this this arises; when there is not this this is not, with cessation of this this ceases." - Majjhima ii,32
Nanavira Thera's teachings - An existential approach to the Dhamma:http://bit.ly/LDsGHg