How to find the middle way?

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How to find the middle way?

Postby purple planet » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:22 pm

The way i understand ( from dhamma talks ect) the middle way is to take the middle way in everything in life - not just to run away from small pain or seek pleasures - sometimes the middle way must be extreme (for example cutting you leg when its infected or meditating even though it hurts) but its still the middle way

so for whoever thinks like me that the middle way is the middle of every two extremes in life ( dont confuse with mediocrity or fear of doing extreme actions ) how do you find the middle way ?
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Re: How to find the middle way?

Postby binocular » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:26 pm

Several Forest teachers discuss the middleness of the Middle Way.
Just search ATI for the keyword "middleness" to get the results.

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Re: How to find the middle way?

Postby Sekha » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:44 pm

Where knowledge ends, religion begins. - B. Disraeli

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Re: How to find the middle way?

Postby Feathers » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:22 pm

Not sure this is helpful of me, but: I think that what is 'middle way' for one person may not be for another.
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Re: How to find the middle way?

Postby purple planet » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:25 pm

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Re: How to find the middle way?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:54 pm

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Re: How to find the middle way?

Postby purple planet » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:02 pm

Please send merit to my dog named Mika who has passed away - thanks in advance

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Re: How to find the middle way?

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:28 pm

Didn't we already discuss this back here: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... 53#p271020 :thinking:

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Re: How to find the middle way?

Postby purple planet » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:32 pm

hmmm :embarassed: ok so maybe combine them - but here im asking from a little different prespective


i got a good answer back then if it was only about meditation - but now im asking from a different perspective -

assuming the middle-way is about everything
where do we draw the exact line in different situations in life even secular non spiritual ones ?

but now Bhikkhu Pesala answer made me wonder is it really about everything or not

(since that thread i saw in a few places - that the middle way is talked about as something that is the main philosophy and true to everything in life and from the thread you linked i understood it as to avoid the two extremes - and now saw this thread which makes me wonder if its just to balance the brahma viharas : viewtopic.php?f=42&t=19483 )
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Re: How to find the middle way?

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Re: How to find the middle way?

Postby Goofaholix » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:14 am

I think the issue here is that people think that balance means 50% this and 50% that, or halfway between this and that.

This is compromise not balance.

I'm not sure it's rejecting the two extremes either but rather rejecting them as fixed positions. So the starting point should be seeing the merits and limitations of both of the extremes.

For example one can see that practise should be open, receptive, accepting, and relaxed while at the same time see that practise should be energetic, persistant, targetted, and determined.

The middle way is developing a recipe that balances those incrediants without falling into one exteme or another that can be fluid enough to be adjusted according to conditions as they unfold.

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Re: How to find the middle way?

Postby chownah » Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:50 am

To find the middle way do not grasp at things; instead, examine them with discernment.
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