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April 05, 2007


Buddhist Jihad

Nice post. Reminds me of my favorite translation of the Heart Sutra:

Emptiness is no other than form;
form is no other than emptiness.

In the same way, feeling, perception, formation, and consciousness are emptiness. Thus, Shariputra, all dharmas are emptiness.

There are no characteristics. There is no birth and no cessation.

There is no impurity and no purity. There is no decrease and no increase.

Therefore, Shariputra, in emptiness, there is no form, no feeling, no perception, no formation, no consciousness; no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind;

no appearance, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no dharmas, no eye dhatu up to no mind dhatu, no dhatu of dharmas, no mind consciousness dhatu;

no ignorance, no end of ignorance up to no old age and death, no end of old age and death;

no suffering, no origin of suffering, no cessation of suffering, no path, no wisdom, no attainment, and no non-attainment.

Therefore, Shariputra, since the bodhisattvas have no attainment, they abide by means of prajnaparamita.

Renegade Buddha

Awesome post. I think the real challenge is to see the perfection in all those things you mention.

Buddhist Jihad

Is labeling the content of thought "junk" not further junk?

It's thinking, is it not? Natural process, arising, dwelling, and passing away, like waves breaking on the ocean.

Content of thought (that arises during meditation) is dependent upon previous habitual thoughts, but it is not in itself significant (during the process of meditation). A thought arising like "kill that SOB" that one actually acts upon, outside of meditation, is another thing.

Remove the labeling of junk as "junk," and then what?

PS Have you read "Zen and the Brain" by James Austin, M.D.? It's very dense, but very cool.

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