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Jangchup Donden

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Re: Buddha nature
« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2010, 11:29:48 pm »
Though it may amount to the same I think it is the modern lifestyle that is at odds with the path. Yet I disagree that its substantially different from the past. Its all about right livelihood and how one spends one's time.

I don't think there's nothing about our modern lifestyle that prevents us from having any progress on the path.  The only thing in the way is our own bad habits.  Finding an hour or two a day to practice really isn't that hard, if you really want to do it.  I bet many Buddhists spend at least that many hours a day THINKING about practicing but not actually doing it (myself included).

Also, I've found that many of the practices and teachings were designed in a way that they could be integrated into any lifestyle.  That's one of the amazing things about the tantric path.

The rampant indoctrination of consumerism, and nihilistic scientific materialism that pervades the western world view is very much an obstacle to the practice of dharma. The point I was trying to make was exaclty  that modern society isn't so different from thae past that it makes it any more difficult.

I still don't think it's that very different than what practitioners had to overcome in the past.  Different icings on the same cake.  I think all that falls away very quickly if you devote some time to practice each day.

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Re: Buddha nature
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2010, 04:48:30 pm »
I still don't think it's that very different than what practitioners had to overcome in the past.  Different icings on the same cake.  I think all that falls away very quickly if you devote some time to practice each day.

J,

I'm strongly inclined to agree with you.  There's always been the same human problems under the sun in different shapes and forms, but ultimately, it's practice that clears the obscurity no matter what the obscurity is.  And that I think is the bottom line...

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Re: Buddha nature
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2010, 05:55:48 pm »
Though it may amount to the same I think it is the modern lifestyle that is at odds with the path. Yet I disagree that its substantially different from the past. Its all about right livelihood and how one spends one's time.

I don't think there's nothing about our modern lifestyle that prevents us from having any progress on the path.  The only thing in the way is our own bad habits.  Finding an hour or two a day to practice really isn't that hard, if you really want to do it.  I bet many Buddhists spend at least that many hours a day THINKING about practicing but not actually doing it (myself included).

Also, I've found that many of the practices and teachings were designed in a way that they could be integrated into any lifestyle.  That's one of the amazing things about the tantric path.

The rampant indoctrination of consumerism, and nihilistic scientific materialism that pervades the western world view is very much an obstacle to the practice of dharma. The point I was trying to make was exaclty  that modern society isn't so different from thae past that it makes it any more difficult.

I still don't think it's that very different than what practitioners had to overcome in the past.  Different icings on the same cake.  I think all that falls away very quickly if you devote some time to practice each day.
Yes that is my overall point.

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« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2010, 06:58:08 pm »
Yes that is my overall point.

Then it is good one.  :jinsyx:
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