Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Postby genkaku » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:23 pm

Not sure if this is worth a topic or not, but...

I guess I always felt that, to the extent there was a goal in Buddhist practice, my goal was to end up empty-handed. If, at the end of some imaginary adventure, I ended up with anything whatsoever in my hands, anything concrete and praiseworthy, then that could not possibly be the end of the line. (Yes, I know ... end of WHAT line???)

Naturally, this view led to a lot of squirming along the way. Every time I did my best to 'let go,' sure enough something would come along to replace whatever it was I had let go of. When I found myself empty-handed, then sure as god made little green apples, I would find something to pick up ... something like empty-handedness, for example.

I'm not sure what the point of all this is. It just crossed my mind. These days I'm too old and fat a lazy and occasionally I worry about that. What the hell, it's something to hold in my hands. :)

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Re: empty-handed

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:34 pm

Yeah my hands are pretty full these days too...

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

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