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Even the Buddha used similar convetion in speech like "this is my last birth" so the whole papanca here is not only baseless but very apart of point and path, good householder. Just noted so that one with possibilities wouldn't waste time by increase hindrances on useless objectivications.


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'Identity-view' means immersion in an identity such that one takes the identity to be the 'real' self. An identity-view can be an identification with practically anything, positive or negative: a career or the failure to achieve one; a relationship, relationships, or the absence of such; physical beauty or ugliness; intelligence or stupidity... Anything ...


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The Vera Sutta (AN 10.92) lists out the criteria for stream entry: Five forms of fear and animosity are stilled through the observance of the five precepts Four factors of stream entry Rightly seen and rightly ferreted out the noble method (dependent origination) The four factors of stream entry are verified confidence in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, as ...


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I think that these two ideas together are trying to tell you that trying to attain enlightenment is a bit like trying to go to sleep. There are all kinds of things you can do to try and get a good nights' rest. A comfy bed, a dark quiet bedroom, getting some exercise and so on. These will all help, and you can do them consciously to help your sleep schedule. ...


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In my view, both teachings go hand-in-hand. The first teaching explains that you are already enlightened, defining "you" as your conscience, the part of you that is already fully enlightened. Once your mind realizes this (by practicing), then your mind will coordinate with your conscience. The second teaching defines "you" as an ...


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Ted's is the best answer imo. To make his point even more explicit, "You're already enlightened" means "fundamentally you already are outside the Matrix, so you don't need to go anywhere". And "purify your mind" means, "you have to stop creating karma that keeps your attention trapped inside the Matrix". And "stop ...


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Just to use the natural, parallel analogy: we know how to breathe without thinking about it, but we still spend a lot of time in meditation focusing on our breath. That's because we've learned to control our breathing as an aspect of expressing thoughts, and our breathing is often affected by our emotions and our desires. The pure, simple breathing of an ...


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I think the notion that you are already enlightened and that there is no need to strive, comes from the Mahayana teaching of Buddha Nature or tathagatagarbha, that everyone has the natural potential to become enlightened. This is apparently based on the sutta teaching about the luminous mind (pabhassara citta in Pali), which states that the mind is ...


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You're setting up a dichotomy where none exists. What you're asking is akin to someone inquiring how Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 games while he was playing center for the Pistons. It's a conflation of two things that aren't causal. In your case it's a mix of ontology and methodology. Just because all beings are naturally Buddha has nothing to do with ...


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I don’t know of any text that says “you are already enlightened.” There are ‘teachings’ by unenlightened people who do say that, because they misunderstand the nondual teachings of the yoga tantras. Perhaps what they are trying to say is that ‘you’ are not other than the enlightened wisdom activity that manifests this world. As such, but for a constant ...


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The key to the first philosophy mentioned is the phrase "You just need to realize it", where realize carries the two possible meanings of the word: become fully aware of something; understand clearly. cause (something desired or anticipated) to happen D.T. Suzuki put it like this: We practice zazen to express our true nature, not to attain ...


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