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Thread: Most Important Teaching

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    Dear friends,

    What has been the most important Buddhist teaching you've encountered in your life so far, - and why?



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    The Heart Sutra. That there doesn't need to be any magic, apart from the fact that when we sit and meditate on no thing we bring about changes in ourselves. Changes that are physically measurable as well as psychologically valid. Actually, that's pretty magical when I come to think of it.

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    Hi Aloka

    This abstract:-

    “That being the case, Ānanda, you can hold this, too, to be an amazing & astounding quality of the Tathāgata: There is the case where feelings are known to the Tathāgata when they arise, known when they remain, known when they go to their end. Perceptions are known to the Tathāgata when they arise, known when they remain, known when they go to their end. Thoughts are known to the Tathāgata when they arise, known when they remain, known when they go to their end. You can hold this, too, Ānanda, to be an amazing & astounding quality of the Tathāgata.”

    From https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/MN/MN123.html MN 123 the amazing & astounding qualities of the Buddha

    I like this so much because Ananda is extolling such wild and to me fanciful powers and magical feats of the Buddha, the Buddha comes along and adds the down to earth instruction on Vipassana Meditation, this being as if it were more important than all the magical powers Ananda highlighted, it's just great

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    Thanks very much for sharing, Phil and Mike.

    Anyone else?



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    Sorry BWB, been moving! Will get to this and other’s as soon as we have free moments. Again this is important to me.

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    Anicca.

    It is a constant reminder to me that I may want things to be a certain way, but it is not in the nature of reality for things to maintain their apparent character forever. There is no area of my life where this is a thing, so there isn't any grounds to try to force it at the cost of my own wellbeing.

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    Two Teachings. The three seals of the Dhamma and the Noble Truths.

    The essence of this two teachings are in the contemplation of impermanence. Impermanence brings suffering if we attache to things mainly to the five aggregates which are non self because of impermanence. If we understand impermanence we understand suffering and if we understand suffering it can be ended.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aloka View Post
    Thanks very much for sharing, Phil and Mike.

    Anyone else?
    Kalama Sutta and The Kamma Sutta

    Ron



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    Kalama Sutta and The Kamma Sutta

    Ron



    Hi Ron,

    As mentioned in the OP #1, can you share with us " why?" you made that choice, please.


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    Aloka: .... share with us " why?" you made that choice, please.
    I can, and will, Aloka. Thank you for making me aware of the OP. I was responding to the last post, not to post #1. Sorry!

    Buddha's response to questions from The Elders of the Kalama's community regarding which gurus they had heard over the years, The Kalama Sutta, forms the foundation for independent Buddhist practice. His advisory boiled down to "verify and validate" all information provided by any so-called expert, no matter in what form the advice is provided, nor how its book binding and cover is decorated or constructed and as regards any topic of our lives.

    Over the last thirty years since first reading this Charter of Free Inquiry and charge of "personal responsibility" for one's own life decisions, and without regret, I have taken this advice to heart , and have applied its wisdom with just about everyone with whom I have come in contact from religious leaders, gurus, politicians, people giving me traffic directions when I was lost, and especially from financial advisors. "It is up to us to verify & validate".....and to reflect as if in a mirror if our choices were beneficial or non beneficial as a result.

    source: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/.../wheel008.html


    Buddha's advisories regarding the nature of our intentional actions and their consequences, The Kamma Sutta, ( source: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/...thi/kamma.html ) explains not only the reason why morality is important to us as individuals, but the mechanisms by which it operates not only in this life time, but over infinite life times. It explains that we are responsible for our own personal life circumstances, and can affect and can have a guiding effect upon the conditions of our own living circumstances in this and in all subsequent rebirths, metaphorical or otherwise.

    Even if we do not personally buy into the reality of rebirth, we can see for ourselves the consequences of our own intentional actions and thereby take control of future conditions and more importantly the trending trajectory of our life stream. It is the means by which we as individuals can continuously improve.

    Thanks for the opportunity to clarify, Aloka.

    Ron
    Last edited by Olderon; 15 Oct 19 at 15:02.

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