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A few thoughts on boredom…

“When you are really bored, the best thing you can do is sit down and let yourself experience the boredom more fully. It may not be a deep or satisfying state, but at least you are not indulging in the things with which you usually cover up this kind of experience. Your real state of mind is more nakedly exposed, because for the time being there are no distractions. If you can stay with the experience of boredom, you can try to feel your way through into something deeper, truer, and more spontaneous within yourself.” – Sangharakshita, “Staying with Boredom”  (Source: Tricycle Daily Emails 5/8/13)

Louis CK on Boredom

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Some Things Are In Our Control

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crying sunset

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.  They to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, are as good as dead:  their eyes are closed.  – Albert Einstein (maybe? you can’t trust everything you read on internet…) 

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Many Dharma Gates, Many Doors

Bodhisattva Vow

The Dharma gates are numberless
I vow to enter all of them

 

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you are the universe

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Thunder and Lightening over Scranton

When we see truly, there is nothing at all.
There is no person; there is no Buddha.
Innumerable things of the universe
 are just bubbles on the sea.
Wise sages are all like flashes of lightning.

–   Yoka Genkaku (665-713 CE), Shodoka

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pink sunset This is an excerpt from the classic “What the Buddha Taught” by Walpola Rahula.

However you put it, faith or belief as understood by most religions has little to do with Buddhism.

The question of belief arises when there is no seeing – seeing in every sense of the word. The moment you see, the question of belief disappears. If I tell you that I have a gem hidden in the folded palm of my hand, the qustion of belief rises because you do not see it yourself. But if I unclench my fist and show you the gem, then you see it for yourself, and the question of belief does not arise. So the phrase in ancient Buddhist texts reads: “Realizing, as one sees a gem in the palm.”

A disciple of the Buddha named Musila tells another monk: “Friend Savittha, without devotion, faith or belief, without liking of inclination, without hearsay or tradition, without consideration apparent reasons, without delight in the speculations of opinions, I know and see that the cessation of becoming is Nirvana.

And the Buddha says: “O Bhikkus, I say that the destruction of defilement and impurities is meant for a person who knows and who sees, and not for a person who does not know and does not see.”

It is always a question of knowing and seeing, and not that of believing. The teaching of the Buddha is qualified as ehi-passika, inviting you to ‘come and see’, but not to come and believe.

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