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Offline Ben Yuan

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Joy
« on: May 13, 2011, 07:32:34 pm »
The Buddha's teachings give people joy. It is the 3rd immeasurable.

But what do you think it means besides the happiness which is moved beyond in Nirvana along with suffering?

Offline santamonicacj

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Re: Joy
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2011, 07:45:27 pm »
The Buddha's teachings give people joy. It is the 3rd immeasurable.

But what do you think it means besides the happiness which is moved beyond in Nirvana along with suffering?
Hope and optimism.
Warning: I'm enough of a fundamentalist Tibet style Buddhist to believe that for the last 1,000 years Tibet has produced a handful of enlightened masters in every generation. I do not ask that YOU believe it, but it will greatly simplify conversations if you understand that about me. Thanks.

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Re: Joy
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011, 08:19:37 pm »

Offline Sunya

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Re: Joy
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2011, 07:20:24 am »
Joy is not dependent on favorable circumstances, nor is it necessarily dependent on one's own circumstances. As an immeasurable, it is something that is interwoven with the lives of others and can be indiscriminately shared, rather than withheld and mistaken as belonging to oneself. Unselfish, non-possessive, devoid of all bias, greed, jealousy and envy, like a seed untainted by impurities, ready to sprout at a moment's notice, joy recognizes the same potential in others. It complements compassion quite well.

Offline Ben Yuan

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Re: Joy
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2011, 08:08:00 pm »
 :namaste:

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Re: Joy
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2011, 09:47:22 pm »
 :cheesy:
I guess I would say that Joy is what I hope I find when I get to a certain level of understamding.

Or in a story:

Grandpa was slowly crossing the road when a speeding motorcycle hit him and knocked him down.
The motorcycle driver ran up to the old man laying on th ground and asked him, "Grandpa, are you o.k.?"
"Well son", answered Grandpa, "I've felt better before...but right now I'm just d----d glad I can still hear you asking me the question."
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