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Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

Postby SarathW » Sat May 10, 2014 11:23 am

You are right.
Buddha taught dependent arising.
Buddha is not optimist or pessimist but a realist.
May all you be happy and free from suffering!
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

Postby barcsimalsi » Sat May 10, 2014 1:18 pm

Positive thinking is important to develop a peaceful mind, the problem is it isn’t easy to keep up with especially when one is facing problem and the mind is clouded by restlessness.

It is clear to us that life is impermanent so as it is uncertain, we never know what’s gonna happen next. Speaking about positive thinking if one can really keep up with that pace, one can think like that for example;
“Maybe if i didn’t go out with that man, got raped by him alone and eventually sent me home, there might also be a high chance i got gang raped, photo-snapped naked, robbed, blackmailed by street thugs or something worst like the black dahlia murder or getting into a cab driven by a gentlemen but lost my limbs in a car crash that same night...”
The point is "life is uncertain".

There’s nothing wrong with positive thinking, it is attachment and unskillful thoughts that makes one suffers.

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Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

Postby Nicro » Sat May 10, 2014 1:19 pm

I consider positive thinking rather important in the path. That said there is a large gap between positive thinking and throwing your better judgement out the window.

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Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

Postby James the Giant » Sat May 10, 2014 7:23 pm

Yes, positive thinking can be forced and artificial.
Just like metta, you create it deliberately and use it as an antidote for negativity or hate.
It's a useful tool, the same as metta.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

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Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

Postby Mkoll » Sat May 10, 2014 8:56 pm

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

Postby melancholy » Sun May 11, 2014 2:32 am

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Power can make things disappear, so does me :D

Then the Blessed One said to Ven. Ananda, "Now, if it occurs to any of you — 'The teaching has lost its authority; we are without a Teacher' — do not view it in that way. Whatever Dhamma & Vinaya I have pointed out & formulated for you, that will be your Teacher when I am gone.

-Dīgha Nikāya 16, Mahāparinibbāna Sutta
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Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

Postby James the Giant » Sun May 11, 2014 3:40 am

I'd like to give a big :twothumbsup: Thumbs Up to everyone who referenced the suttas on this question. Great stuff.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.


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