The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

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The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

Postby seeker242 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:06 pm

The world that you see is simply a reflection of yourself. Lots of people say this in various different spiritual traditions. What I'm looking for is some textual Buddhist references that speak to this particular phenomena. For example, a thief will see the world as being filled with other thieves, so he is very protective of his property, very suspicious of other people stealing things from him, etc, etc. He thinks that most everyone else is a thief too. But, not because the world is actually filled with thieves but only because he himself is a thief. Does that make sense? I think modern day psychologists call it projection or something like that. I was just wondering if anyone knew some particular scriptures, stories, commentary, etc. that speak about this particular phenomena?

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Re: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

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Re: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:48 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:32 pm

I had to think about it for a moment and then I remembered, here it is (sort of) right in the first verses of the Dhammapada!

1. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.

2. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.


edit: Or more likely, better verses might be the delusion of self and how attachment to the delusion of self leads to wrong views.
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Re: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

Postby Ben » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:46 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

Postby ringo » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:43 pm

Hi

Ananda, the Elder, attained stream entry by means of a 'mirror simile'

"'Just as if a young woman — or a man — youthful, fond of adornment, contemplating the image of her face in a mirror, pure & bright, or in a bowl of clear water, would look with possessiveness, not without possessiveness. In the same way, through possessiveness of form there is "I am," not without possessiveness. Through possessiveness of feeling... perception... fabrications... Through possessiveness of consciousness there is "I am," not without possessiveness." from http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... than.html'

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Re: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

Postby seeker242 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:43 pm

Thanks you for the references, will check them out! :thanks:


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