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August 28, 2011

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Azanshi & Kojizen;

You write as if awakening is the end of the path. And it is in the sense that the Buddha said this about his awakening, "Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done! There is nothing further for the sake of this world."

But it’s also just the beginning of living as an awakened human being. As I previously noted, the Buddha lived his life, not in isolation, but with his sangha, walking and teaching. So, what is interesting to me is how you, as awakened human beings live. Do you maintain your relationships to family and friends? Do you maintain your homes? Do you keep your day jobs? How about your relationships to co-workers and neighbors and shop keepers?

Do you manifest the wisdom and compassion of a Buddha in your activities?

I'm beginning to suspect that Clyde and Azanshi are the same person.

Clyde…clyde…you are constantly breaking new guiness records of spiritual stupidity. As I see it, the chance for you to become enlightened about your true buddha nature, in this lifetime or the coming, is probably not higher than you cutting yourself and spilling blue blood all over that nice carpet in your home. In other words, zero.

Take it from me, white boy, give up zen buddhism and try Islam instead. Who knows, naming yourself Mohammar Al-Yussuf with a large beard, 5 camels and 4 wives, might become you.

Clyde, Along with old Bodhi, you're beginning to sound more like a Christian. This is from Josiah Royce, The Problem of Christianity.

"Mysticism is the always young, it is the childlike, it is the essentially immature aspect of the deeper religious life. Its ardor, its pathos, its illusions, and its genuine illuminations have all the characters of youth about them, characters beautiful but capricious. Mature religion of the Christian type takes, and must take, the form of loyalty,—the loyalty which Paul lived out, and described. Loyalty fulfills the individual, not by annulling or quenching his individual self-expression, but by teaching him to assert himself through an active and creative devotion to the community."

Yes, of course, the Bodhisattva Vow to liberate all beings. But why bother, if one believes only the transcendent is worth bothering about?

Here’s another view:
“In each historical period, the dharma finds new means to unfold its potentials in ways precisely linked to that era’s distinctive historical conditions. I believe that our own era provides the appropriate historical stage for the transcendent truth of the dharma to bend back upon the world and engage human suffering at multiple levels—even the lowest, harshest, and most degrading levels—not in mere contemplation but in effective, relief-granting action illuminated by its own world-transcending goal.”

from A Challenge to Buddhists by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi,
Buddhadharma, Fall 2007 http://archive.thebuddhadharma.com/issues/2007/fall/commentary.php

I believe both the transcendent and the world, as it is with all its pain and suffering, are worth bothering about. This is what the Buddha taught and Dharma practice leads to.

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