From the Majjhima Nikaya

Collapse
X
 
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts
  • will
    Member
    • Jun 2007
    • 2331

    From the Majjhima Nikaya

    Someone approached the Buddha and asked him whether he could summarize his teachings in, one phrase and, if he could, what it would be. The Buddha replied that he could: "Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya". "Sabbe dhamma" means "all things", "nalam" means "should not be", "abhinivesaya" means "to be clung to". Nothing whatsoever should be clung to.
    I think some people get the wrong idea about this and think that we need to produce some sort of focused state in which nothing is felt or experienced. I think what the Buddha meant in this phrase (yes I know Jundo "if he actally said it") is :

    Don't chase after anything. Don't run away from anything. Just let be. Non-attachment (To ideas, judgements, feelings, thoughts, sensations etc.) They are nothing but moving clouds.

    Doesnt mean we don't feel, think, or sense. We just don't attach a "we" to it, or we experience, infact, that there really is no we in the midst of all this.

    Now Jundo would probably say something like:

    Yeah, well, you know there Will. We gotta live in this world there you know, so ah...you know. We gotta like, you know, live attached and unattached there guy. We can't float around like clouds all the time you know.



    G,W
    [size=85:z6oilzbt]
    To save all sentient beings, though beings are numberless.
    To penetrate reality, though reality is boundless.
    To transform all delusion, though delusions are immeasurable.
    To attain the enlightened way, a way non-attainable.
    [/size:z6oilzbt]
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39471

    #2
    Re: From the Majjhima Nikaya

    Hey Will,

    You have become quite the lyricist, probably due to you musical ear. Thank you again for these words.

    By the way, it is a shame that there was a technical problem with my ***nude*** sitting over at the "sit-a-long" on the blog, but I will try again tomorrow. However, it looked something like that picture.

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

    Comment

    • will
      Member
      • Jun 2007
      • 2331

      #3
      Re: From the Majjhima Nikaya

      By the way, it is a shame that there was a technical problem with my ***nude*** sitting over at the "sit-a-long" on the blog, but I will try again tomorrow. However, it looked something like that picture.
      LOL

      W
      [size=85:z6oilzbt]
      To save all sentient beings, though beings are numberless.
      To penetrate reality, though reality is boundless.
      To transform all delusion, though delusions are immeasurable.
      To attain the enlightened way, a way non-attainable.
      [/size:z6oilzbt]

      Comment

      • will
        Member
        • Jun 2007
        • 2331

        #4
        Re: From the Majjhima Nikaya

        Shunryu Suzuki quote:

        The Blue Cliff Record, Case 61:
        FUKETSU'S "ONE PARTICLE OF DUST"


        But Buddha's robe is formless robe. So any time you can take it off. When time come and all the sentient beings become buddha, then you can take off the robe. Then your robe makes sense. If you wear it in some idea to keep wearing it forever as it is Buddha's robe, that kind of idea doesn't make any sense.
        A little out of context.

        G,W
        [size=85:z6oilzbt]
        To save all sentient beings, though beings are numberless.
        To penetrate reality, though reality is boundless.
        To transform all delusion, though delusions are immeasurable.
        To attain the enlightened way, a way non-attainable.
        [/size:z6oilzbt]

        Comment

        Working...