TrimePema wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:40 am
What are you actually talking about? Do these words mean anything to someone trying to kill you? Why not show them all that instead of talk about it -if you can actually rest in shunyata?
How would dissolving into a light body be denying them the Dharma? In this case liberation means having had the seed for total realization in future lifetimes planted. Meaning, if you can plant the seed of liberation in the assailant's mind, that is the best way to deal with the situation. How you do it depends on your realization. You already claimed you would rest in emptiness - boy wouldn't that be nice? Anyway if you just say om mani padme hum or any other essence mantra like amitabha or something then it will accomplish this.
My mind already resides in emptiness. That was the point about manifest destiny. Even in this made up scenario of a robber with no mention of knife it warped in the mind to evolve to something like getting stabbed to death. The point is that to project what could be isn't born of emptiness. It is projection of self, a projection of fear.
Empty conscious is not projecting self onto the motives of others, yet you ran to places in your mind because my claim of emptiness. Is it from emptiness that this impediment of the mind that tries to make dharma proprietary?
I practice Nichiren Buddhism. I am a votary of the Lotus Sutra. I am seated in the treasure tower with Shakyamuni. I understand these teachings as they where meant to be understand and I manifest them in the way they where meant to be manifest.
The perceptual conflict born of your own application of dharma and the comparison of my practice for which you are unfamiliar and trying to ascertain the value there of by comparison it isn't born of my emptiness and it doesn't deny it either.
It is projection of self along with everyone else who has no basis for contention other than lack of understanding but gives rise to it none the less. How can minds that aren't sure what words mean be so sure they come from attachment to self?
To distill an understanding in this situation isn't empty. To lack compassion isn't either. To get frustrated isn't either.
FWIW I spent most of my life dealing with people walking the evil paths and seeping in the poisons. If I had to sacrifice my life to save theirs I would have died a child. I learned to survive not by walking the evil paths but by evoking the consciousness beyond those realms that exists in the minds of the good and evil alike.
I have manifested the good from others when they lacked the capacity to do so themselves including those who would and have taken life without understanding the meaning. I've done what I suggest as this scenario suggests.
One person in particular who just called me a few days ago. He salvaged his life after being a violent felon and at one time dedicated gang member. He calls me his buddha because I saved his life, helped him actualize a family and a life of virtue without condemning him to his own devices. I didn't put those words in his mouth, I just saw him through his own mind out of depth of great compassion. I did this during the most unpredictable and tumultuous period of his life without any protection but faith in the human condition. Was there risk to my own well being? sure. Did his liberation mean more? absolutely.
I have plenty of examples just like this because it is how I have lived my life, helping others realize their own buddha nature without condemnation to the poison drum relationship and without concern for the outcome of my own life since I have been realized in a way that will never be taken away. Death notwithstanding.
When it is time to sacrifice this living vessel for the sake of another's enlightenment it will happen as I have lived my life accordingly without projection of what would come of it driven by pure compassion to evoke equanimity. The outcome has never been in my control yet here I am so apparently even the minds of those on the evil paths are reachable so to doubt the capacity of others isn't empty or compassionate but a projection of doubt.
That is what my reality has revealed. What says yours?