TranscendIng self

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TranscendIng self

Postby tomschwarz » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:29 am

Hello sisters and brothers,

I think a goal of human Buddhist practice is to transcend the sense of self. Is this true? If yes, does that area of practice also include release from attachment to inner calm (self peace)? How far does it/should it go, or not go, to actually remove the sense of self? Are we interested in removing all self-originated perspectives (e.g. my personal opinion)?
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Re: TranscendIng self

Postby muni » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:28 am


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Re: TranscendIng self

Postby Felix » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:37 am

I think your first sentence is problematic, which then skews what follows.
The idea of 'transcending' implies the existence of an entity which survives gaining insight into the lack of a self.
Buddhism says that such an entity, which would be an atta in some sense, does not exist.
Once that is clearly understood it follows that all self referencing is seen as convention only.
It is not necessary to construct a self and then dismantle it. The arising of prajna without cause shows what is already the case.

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Re: TranscendIng self

Postby muni » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:41 am

Somehow on topic as well: Who are you?

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Re: TranscendIng self

Postby tomschwarz » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:10 pm

So if we take either direction, self is poison, muni, or self is illusion and prajna naturally arises, we oversimplify, think. Of course, I agree with what you are both saying. The problem arises when we try to say that all duality is bad, the relative truth is bad, absolute truth is good, absolute love is good, meditation is good, conflicted mental states are bad, suffering is bad, the Path to the cessation of suffering is good, etc...

It's a great start, the dharma and so on, but as we dig deeper that system breaks down, e.g. overcoming attachment to peaceful mental states, or the 4th historical Buddha himself being both enlightened and still very much having a self.

So I am for a "dual universe" perspective where on one hand all the stuff in the "good" list above is true. The dynamics of happiness and liberation as detailed in the dharma are true. Yet still in another parallel reality, we have the truth of suffering. Its essence will never change does not change. A person who attains enlightenment will still be a person (subject to suffering, dual). And actually nothing will ever change, in that universe, the "real" one, where everything is emptiness or interdependence. So what about the universe with independence? Specificly and most poignantly this Buddha versus that Buddha, but more mondainly you versus me? I think it will also remain, just like that.

Thoughts?
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Re: TranscendIng self

Postby dreambow » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:46 am

Muni, In the video the female teacher says "Its stubbornness that doesn't want to take the teaching to heart" I'm not sure that statement is true. Its more likely that 5 senses draw us out to enjoy the world, creating a veil, concealing the
truth or awakening. Silence or dropping thoughts is the only correct or true indication forward and even that can't be
said with certainty.

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Re: TranscendIng self

Postby muni » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:46 am

I try to understand and then remembered this https://www.tsoknyirinpoche.org/1429/th ... ne-of-two/ but this is not what you are pointing to and so I come again by Bodhichitta. And then I remember these words: compassion means that you will have to suffer in order to help. I found these words very strange, since Buddhism is to erase suffering! But then there is also said that the suffer is not overwhelming, as awareness is not lost in it. Ah.

When I look to the Masters, always and always ‘acting’ impartially for the welfare of all of us, then we as well will have to step in their footsteps so to speak. It is not necessary for them to fall back into dream state in order to help where possible. This example of the poor little one is obvious but others not so:
http://www.lifedaily.com/good-samaritan ... rbage-bag/ It cannot be necessary to fall back in dream to know the suffering of all and try to do something with liberating Dharma or any daily need as well. ( dependence-emptiness)
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Re: TranscendIng self

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Re: TranscendIng self

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:13 am

to experience happiness without needing it,
to experience sadness without dwelling in it.
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