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Hello friends and Venerable Sirs.
I am working with the garden metaphor.
(Planting seeds, tending to seeds, chipping away at the giant trees, weeding the garden of undesirable plants, planting the right seeds - just for starters)
Does anyone else here use this metaphor in evaluation? Can you share your experience if this is so.
"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
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Hello BlackBird, all,
You may enjoy this teaching by Ayya Khema on The Meditative Mind which uses an extended garden metaphor.http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/khe ... e_mind.php
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---
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See also...AN 3.33: Nidana Suttahttp://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)'We should not congratulate someone on the success of their misdeeds, but on the contrary should endeavour to advise him or her to lead a more skilful and wholesome life. If such advice is ignored then we can only give up and let go' - Phra PanyapatipoDharma Wheel (Mahayana / Vajrayana forum)
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Off-topic, but here's another famous garden analogy: The Invisible Gardener
. Shades of anatta?
Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.
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"Therefore, bhikkhus, abandon what is unwholesome and devote yourselves to wholesome states, for that is how you will come to growth, increase, and fulfilment in this Dhamma and Discipline. Suppose there were a big sala-tree grove near a village or town, and it was choked with castor-oil weeds, and some man would appear desiring its good, welfare, and protection. He would cut down and throw out the crooked saplings that robbed the sap, and he would clean up the interior of the grove and tend the straight well-formed saplings, so that the sala-tree grove later on would come to growth, increase, and fulfilment. So too, bhikkhus, abandon what is unwholesome and devote yourselves to wholesome states, for that is how you will come to growth, increase, and fulfilment in this Dhamma and Discipline."
...and this thought arose in the mind of the Blessed One:
“Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
— Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20
It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
— William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude,
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