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villkorkarma
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Buddhas teaching helps.

Postby villkorkarma » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:58 pm

Buddhas teaching example of teaching of not-self i read that one was getting holy of just listening to buddhas teaching of nonself i believe.
How can that have so much effect on us, his teaching.?
one suffer because one hasnt existed long : )

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Re: Buddhas teaching helps.

Postby Bonsai Doug » Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:56 pm

villkorkarma wrote:How can that have so much effect on us, his teaching.?

My contention is, that irrespective of what tradition or lineage you follow, at its core,
Buddhism presents a pure, no-nonsense, time-tested path to a righteous, moral life.

To me, that's a huge effect.
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

~ Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Re: Buddhas teaching helps.

Postby Euclid » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:57 pm

I don't think I quite understand your question sorry - are you asking how someone can achieve sotapatti fruition (or some higher attainment) from merely hearing a discourse from the Buddha himself, as we encounter quite frequently in the suttas?

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Re: Buddhas teaching helps.

Postby villkorkarma » Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:27 am

Yes.
one suffer because one hasnt existed long : )

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Re: Buddhas teaching helps.

Postby Euclid » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:53 pm

Good question, one that I don't know the answer to sorry!

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Re: Buddhas teaching helps.

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:59 pm

Greetings,

There are different ways in which this situation could be interpreted. I have heard the following positions argued at various points in time (none of which I am arguing for or against, by the way)...

* The listeners already had strong sila (morality) or bhavana (mental cultivation) beforehand, and not-self was just like adding the missing piece of the puzzle
* Stream-entry is easier to achieve than later Buddhism would have us believe
* Stream-entry is more about having the Right View that leads us to nibbana, than it is some kind of meditative attainment
* The Buddha tailored his presentations to accommodate the learning potentiality of his audience

Take or leave them as you see fit, and don't shoot the messenger.

:guns:

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Retro. :)
"When we transcend one level of truth, the new level becomes what is true for us. The previous one is now false. What one experiences may not be what is experienced by the world in general, but that may well be truer. (Ven. Nanananda)

“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

Never again...

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Re: Buddhas teaching helps.

Postby octathlon » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:12 am

For someone close to Stream entry, I wouldn't be surprised if just being in the physical presence of the Buddha was enough.


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