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Similes and classic Dhamma stories in practice

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Similes and classic Dhamma stories in practice

Postby retrofuturist » Fri May 22, 2009 1:42 am

Greetings,

I thought it might be interesting to find out which Dhamma similes people have found useful in their actual practice.

For example, the taming of the wild elephant... I've been using this simile lately to centre myself and try to prevent the mind wandering of in streams of papanca. I hope to tame this elephant and make it give up on escape (into the realm of sensory pleasures).

Another simile I've found useful in the past is the one about balancing of bowl of oil on your head, whilst there's entertainments all round, and villains waiting to slit your throat if you spill a drop.

Mara as a personification of evil and unwholesomeness also seems like a useful device, though I've not used it often and it doesn't quite classify as a simile.

Has anyone else found a practical application for any of the classic Dhamma similes?

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Re: Similes and classic Dhamma stories in practice

Postby piotr » Fri May 22, 2009 4:13 pm

Hi,

I like the simile of the path which leads to the park (). Its message goes against the current of popular belief that actual practice requires abandonment of desire to practice. I find it very useful.
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Re: Similes and classic Dhamma stories in practice

Postby kc2dpt » Fri May 22, 2009 5:38 pm

Leper simile. Magandiya Suta?
Reminds me that I am very deluded about the nature of pleasure.
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Re: Similes and classic Dhamma stories in practice

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat May 23, 2009 4:27 am

One of my favorites is the Blind Sea Turtle (who only comes up for air once every 50,000 years or so and the likelihood that she puts her head through a relatively small hoop being the likelihood of being re-born human again).

A great reminder to keep at the practice and not to put it off for some next great fix of entertainment, etc.
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Re: Similes and classic Dhamma stories in practice

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Re: Similes and classic Dhamma stories in practice

Postby alan » Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:38 am

The post which many animals are tethered to, each wanting to go to their own desires.
(Many of these are found in one section of the SN.)


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