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by Rick
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

What does Buddhism teach about right/wrong thinking? Not just the quality of the thoughts: virtuous, non-virtuous, etc. But the process of thinking itself. Isn't that the main focus of abhidharma? Understanding the causal sequences which give rise to desire/attachment/aversion? I can't answer the q...
by Rick
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

Geshe Tashi uses the metaphor of going to a new place: first you need reliable directions (i.e. listening to someone with knowledge of how to get to the place); then you go there repeatedly on your own with the help of those directions and a map (i.e. conscious reflection); and finally, you interna...
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

Aha. I have the Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth book by Geshe Tashi Tsering ... enjoyed what I read, found it illuminating, but didn't manage to slog all the way through it (yet). I took a look at the TOC of the Buddhist Psychology book you linked to and yes, it seems to dive deep into the thinking p...
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

Clear and helpful, thanks.

It seems from pretty much everyone's msgs here that Buddhism focuses on the content of thoughts and the consequences that arise from this content ... but isn't interested in the process of thinking and the consequences that arise from this process.

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by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

I understand.

Thanks, Aryjna.
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

Is mentally calculating if you have enough money for a car better than explicitly thinking that you want the car? I would think it is in the Buddhist sense, because calculating is neutral vis-a-vis ego-self whereas wanting the car stokes the self. And how would one go through all the thoughts appea...
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

Probably better not to discuss Krishnamurti on this forum, it’s outside ToS, Gotcha. "This is not a comparative religion site." I mentioned Krishnamurti to set the context of the OP question, but now that I've done that I'd be happy to drop K from the discussion. Which brings the question back home...
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

The problem is that the word 'thought' is really very imprecise. It is used to describe a whole range of acts and faculties. What I think K. is talking of, is 'insight'. He says that 'intelligence' is derived from 'inter-legere' meaning 'to read between'. And that act of judgement, he says, is diff...
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

Rick wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:36 pm
My ongoing search for similarities/bridges between spiritual teachings led me to wonder if Buddhist right thought is similar to K's psych thought.
Big oops ... I meant I wonder if Buddhist *wrong* thought is like K's psychological thought, thought that derives from attachment to the I-ego-self.
by Rick
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

anjali wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:28 pm
Will it lead to suffering, sooner or later.
Yes, and accd. to noble truth 2 we suffer because we believe we are a separate, independent, solid ego-I. No self, no problem.
by Rick
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Re: Right/wrong thought

Thanks for the responses, humans! I'll answer them soon. To place the OP question about right/wrong thought in context: I hang out in Krishnamurti circles from time to time, and K-sters take thought very seriously. It is divided into two types: practical and psychological. Practical thought is what ...
by Rick
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Right/wrong thought
Replies: 28
Views: 345

Right/wrong thought

Is it Buddhistically accurate to say: Thought that emerges from a view that the self is real is wrong thought. Thought that emerges from a view that the self is an appearance is right thought. ? I'm not trying to get at whether the self exists or not, rather the distilled essence of what differentia...
by Rick
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Brad Warner - Why Buddhist Teachers Go Bad
Replies: 20
Views: 930

Re: Brad Warner - Why Buddhist Teachers Go Bad

Bookcase filled with big fat oversize horror and sci-fi books!
by Rick
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Thread with no words
Replies: 68
Views: 7518

Re: Thread with no words

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by Rick
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: It’s incumbent on all of us to think better
Replies: 15
Views: 890

Re: It’s incumbent on all of us to think better

I think thinking should come with a User's Manual and a:

Warning! If improperly used, this product may damage your health and the health of everything around you.

Un-right thinking might be the most dangerous weapon das Universum will ever know.
by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2629

Re: Realization

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:36 pm
Is this his commentary, or is this his translation of Longchenpa. If so, which chapter is this from.
It's his commentary, from Basic Assumptions in the Translator's Introduction to the Longchenpa text.
by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2629

Re: Realization

Understanding here refers to go ba , which in Tibetan means "intellectual understanding." Experience is " nyams ," and experience comes from applying in practice that which one has understood intellectually. That results in realization [ rtogs pa ]. Practice in Tibetan is " nyams len ," "to take in...
by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2629

Re: Realization

Realizations can arise out of intellectual/contemplative experiences (generally subsumed under analytic meditation). Thanks, kirtu! Quick followup: What 'counts' as analytic meditation? Is it formalized ... or are off-the-cushion types of analysis (such as reading/contemplating the Mulamadhyamakaka...
by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2629

Re: Realization

What does it mean to 'realize' something? Understanding + experience = realization. 1. Understanding is an experience. (In common parlance, at least. Perhaps not in Dzogchen?) So can the experience of understanding, if sufficiently powerful, be the 'experience' in the above formula? 2. Slightly dif...
by Rick
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2629

Re: Realization

I say that 'experience' is a transitive verb i.e. a verb that requires an object: 'I experience it'. So whenever and whatever we experience, there is a knowing subject that is experiencing some phenomenon or sensation. So to that extent, experience implies a duality of subject and object. However a...

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