Is the motivator a demotivator?

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Is the motivator a demotivator?

Post by Viach » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:46 am

Some Buddhist texts state that there are special days when the merit of a particular practice increases by 100,000 / 1,000,000 times. The question arises: what is the motivation to strain on other days?
Suppose that such a day falls only once a year. Then, even if you have practiced diligently all year except for this special day (364 days), then the accumulated merit will be negligible compared to the merit accumulated on a special day. Have you worked a whole year without holidays for a salary of 100,000 / 1,000,000 times less (per day), if for one special day you have an opportunity to earn about 300/3000 times more than in a year?
The motivator turns into a demotivator, eh?

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Re: Is the motivator a demotivator?

Post by Aryjna » Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:57 pm

Viach wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:46 am
Some Buddhist texts state that there are special days when the merit of a particular practice increases by 100,000 / 1,000,000 times. The question arises: what is the motivation to strain on other days?
Suppose that such a day falls only once a year. Then, even if you have practiced diligently all year except for this special day (364 days), then the accumulated merit will be negligible compared to the merit accumulated on a special day. Have you worked a whole year without holidays for a salary of 100,000 / 1,000,000 times less (per day), if for one special day you have an opportunity to earn about 300/3000 times more than in a year?
The motivator turns into a demotivator, eh?
Such days are not only once a year. There are many days every month that are auspicious for various practices.

In any case, there are methods of practice that generate gigantic amounts of merit, which you need because you are not yet a Buddha. So even assuming that the result is one millionth of what it is on a certain day, you cannot afford not to practice at all times.

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Re: Is the motivator a demotivator?

Post by pael » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:28 pm

Gods travel throught world on those moon days. They rejoice when they see that you practice. So, you give them merit as gift. You do more good. At least in Theravada.
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Re: Is the motivator a demotivator?

Post by Josef » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:53 pm

Viach wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:46 am
Some Buddhist texts state that there are special days when the merit of a particular practice increases by 100,000 / 1,000,000 times. The question arises: what is the motivation to strain on other days?
Suppose that such a day falls only once a year. Then, even if you have practiced diligently all year except for this special day (364 days), then the accumulated merit will be negligible compared to the merit accumulated on a special day. Have you worked a whole year without holidays for a salary of 100,000 / 1,000,000 times less (per day), if for one special day you have an opportunity to earn about 300/3000 times more than in a year?
The motivator turns into a demotivator, eh?
It doesnt really matter if one has genuinely cultivated bodhicitta.
If one has cultivated bodhicitta their merit is constantly increasing, even during sleep.
Source: Shantideva, Patrul, etc.
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Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
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The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
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Re: Is the motivator a demotivator?

Post by Vasana » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:21 pm

Viach wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:46 am
Some Buddhist texts state that there are special days when the merit of a particular practice increases by 100,000 / 1,000,000 times. The question arises: what is the motivation to strain on other days?
Suppose that such a day falls only once a year. Then, even if you have practiced diligently all year except for this special day (364 days), then the accumulated merit will be negligible compared to the merit accumulated on a special day. Have you worked a whole year without holidays for a salary of 100,000 / 1,000,000 times less (per day), if for one special day you have an opportunity to earn about 300/3000 times more than in a year?
The motivator turns into a demotivator, eh?
In some years, all of the conditions for an excellent harvest are present and the farmers get an abundant yield of crops and medicine from the earth. In other years, the conditions are not so optimized and you get less. Even if you don't know what your harvest is going to be like in a given year, you still till the ground and sow the seeds because whether you get more or you get less, you still need to eat every day and not just on special occasions.
'When alone, watch your mind. When with others, watch your speech'- Old Kadampa saying.

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:43 pm

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Re: Is the motivator a demotivator?

Post by Grigoris » Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:24 pm

Viach wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:46 am
The motivator turns into a demotivator, eh?
Whether an experience, situation, etc (dharma, in other words) is considered a source of motivation or demotivation, depends entirely on the habitual tendencies (sankhara) of the individual.
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Re: Is the motivator a demotivator?

Post by Simon E. » Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:36 pm

Josef wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:53 pm
Viach wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:46 am
Some Buddhist texts state that there are special days when the merit of a particular practice increases by 100,000 / 1,000,000 times. The question arises: what is the motivation to strain on other days?
Suppose that such a day falls only once a year. Then, even if you have practiced diligently all year except for this special day (364 days), then the accumulated merit will be negligible compared to the merit accumulated on a special day. Have you worked a whole year without holidays for a salary of 100,000 / 1,000,000 times less (per day), if for one special day you have an opportunity to earn about 300/3000 times more than in a year?
The motivator turns into a demotivator, eh?
It doesnt really matter if one has genuinely cultivated bodhicitta.
If one has cultivated bodhicitta their merit is constantly increasing, even during sleep.
Source: Shantideva, Patrul, etc.
This.
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