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Samsara Unbearable: How to deal with it?

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Strive4Karuna
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Samsara Unbearable: How to deal with it?

Postby Strive4Karuna » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:22 am

Samsara is so difficult to deal with because everything is so pointless I just feel despair when I let go of indulging in sensual pleasures even though I understand they are completely meaningless.

Can people share their experience with the Jhana's and your experience with it in helping to deal with the difficulty of samsara? Can people share with me their experience with their realization of the pointlessness of life, the suffering of life and how they dealt with the following despair that followed this realization that we are bound to such a useless existence of suffering while the goal of nirvana seems so far away.

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Re: Samsara Unbearable: How to deal with it?

Postby kirk5a » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:31 am

"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230

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Re: Samsara Unbearable: How to deal with it?

Postby SarathW » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:43 am

Don’t worry about the problem, work for the solution one tiny step at a time.
At least you know that you are one step closer.
:)
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Samsara Unbearable: How to deal with it?

Postby mal4mac » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:56 am

- Mal

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reflection
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Re: Samsara Unbearable: How to deal with it?

Postby reflection » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:09 am

I'd contact a teacher about it if you have this opportunity. If teachings are wrongly understood or wrongly applied, they may lead to unwanted results like despair. In person it is easier for somebody to see these kinds of things and give suitable advice.

But as a general advise that can't really be misinterpreted I'd say: don't forget practices that lead to joy, like (reflection on) generosity, (reflection on) virtue, contemplating the Buddha & sangha, metta meditation.

:anjali:

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Re: Samsara Unbearable: How to deal with it?

Postby pegembara » Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:23 am

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And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech.

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Re: Samsara Unbearable: How to deal with it?

Postby manas » Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:09 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."


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