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.
"And so, because this Teaching is so different from what Westerners are accustomed to, they will try to adapt the Teaching to their own framework. What they need to learn to do is not to adapt the Teaching to their own point of view but to adapt their own point of view to the Teaching. This is called saddhá, or faith, and it means giving oneself to the Teaching even if the Teaching is contrary to one’s own preconceived notions of the way things are."- Ven BodhesakoNanavira Thera's teachings - An existential approach to the Dhamma
| Ven. Bodhesako's essay on anicca