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Bhikkhus, it is by way of elements that beings come together und unite. Those of an inferior disposition come together and unite with those of an inferior disposition; those of a good disposition come together and unite with those of a good disposition.
seeker242 wrote: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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