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If you think you aren't helping as much as you wished you should try to see how you could. Even if it would be to go to a doctor, practice ex Medicine Buddha, following your Guru advices. If you are already doing what you can, as much as it's possible right now, don't worry so much, it's not you fault, things take time to heal and they do change, even if ...


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The mind of a fully enlightened one is completely empty of discursive thoughts. It does not conceptualize at all. In fact, this has already occurred to an Arya being at the 7th Bhumi let alone a fully enlightened Buddha. So the answer to your question is that an enlightened mind DOES NOT distinguish itself from all other phenomena. For references I draw from ...


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-You overcome the fear by paying attention, continuously, on purpose, on a moment by moment basis and you see the experience of the fear not the concept of fear. -Listen and chant up a loving kindness attitude for temporarily destroying anger or fear(aversion).


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If I tell you: "Your future is in your hands." Would you look at your physical hands and reply, "but where is it? I can't see it!" I don't think so. "In your hands" is a mere conventional figure of speech, not to be taken literally. Similarly, the terms "I", "my", "mine", "you", "your&...


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MN121:12.3: There is only this modicum of stress, namely that associated with the six sense fields dependent on this body and conditioned by life.’ Communication does not require identity view. Calling out "Tom" in a room full of people named "Tom" will generate multiple contacts via all the sense fields in the room. Multiple faces will ...


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As explained in Maitreya’s "Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes" (Madhyāntavibhāga), Enlightenment is not going back to the primal state of ignorance and nondifferentiation, nor does it mean to abandon the relative to only dwell in the absolute, no. The relative and the absolute are two descriptions of the same ground. Enlightenment ...


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Fighting fear makes it grow. Letting go of fear, it will disappear just as it arose. Fear is temporary. Temporary things are not worth clinging to: MN62:3.2: “Rāhula, you should truly see any kind of form at all—past, future, or present; internal or external; coarse or fine; inferior or superior; far or near: all form—with right understanding: ‘This is not ...


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It is with the clinging aggregates that the world becomes solid. One common word that describes this is reification. Andrei Volkov gives some details about that in his answer. This is true even when people have lost arms and legs. They are convinced that they can still feel that arm or leg. Through craving their aggregates cannot let go of the concept of ...


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It's kind of complex and would take a long time to explain in full details, but here's a simplified version: There's a chain of reifications leading from craving to selfish action to self. This is what was supposed to be explained in Dependent Origination but unfortunately most of the detailed descriptions seem to be lost. From bits and pieces available in ...


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Before you aim to lose control of your mind I urge you to read this answer with regards to what Volition (conditioned free will) is. Unless you are fully liberated don't be too quick to say there is no controller. You are the owner of your volition. It is not wise to say volition, including all bad volition, is uncontrolled because it offers a free license ...


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Fear is a reoccurring companion on the spiritual path. It doesn't mean that something has gone wrong. The particular fear that you describe seems fairly common, but fears can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes; all sorts of feelings and thoughts. How can I overcome this fear? The overcoming of fear happens when we become curious about it rather than ...


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I think you can reflect on the mind's changing being inevitable as old age. If intellect has knowledge about how mind changes then the course of development will reflect that. Past conditioning can not be undone and bad mental & physical behaviors will come into play. One should reflect on conditioning and let wisdom steer as much as possible. There is ...


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From SN 12.20 (below), we see a very succinct test of whether one has self-view or identity view or not. “When, bhikkhus, a noble disciple has clearly seen with correct wisdom as it really is this dependent origination and these dependently arisen phenomena, it is impossible that he will run back into the past, thinking: ‘Did I exist in the past? Did I not ...


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What one craves that one also clings to. A newborn baby doesn't have self-identity ideation but it is not without an inclination to it's development due to past circumstances. Does self-identity or self-habit arise out of a collection of likes and dislikes? The adherence to the doctrine of self and ideation based on the doctrine of self are not something ...


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