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Old Today, 08:05 AM
muffin muffin is offline
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Originally Posted by Rain95
I know you said that in a forum specific context, but it's an interesting statement when applied to human life in general especially applying the central tenet of Buddhism that "life is suffering." The question being, why do some choose incarnations full of suffering? Being born in sick or mentally ill bodies, in war zones, within families where one is abused, in violent cultures and locations?

There are two basic answers, one is we choose that for growth potential, the challenge that comes from that to turn a strong negative into something positive, then another answer is it is chosen for karmic reasons, we choose those horrible experiences to atone for us doing the same kind of thing to others and by experiencing them ourselves, we learn to have compassion and understanding for others in a way we did not have before. By being the victim of abuse instead of the perpetrators of abuse, we come to understand the profound impact our actions can have on others. Thus, the spiritual traits of compassion and empathy are formed. We develop a strong tendency to not harm others as we know what it is to be harmed.

Self caused suffering exists as higher awareness is needed to break free of it. Higher awareness or awareness of the true nature of self or consciousness is the goal of this physical world.

Good afternoon Rain

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Your post is like a tapestry, it weaves within itself and each thread has a life of it own, this is why I don't do long posts.

I'm more into simple stuff, short and sweet

Give you one thing your a smart cookie
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Old Today, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by muffin
Good afternoon janielee

In the most part yes, if your unhappy in what your doing, why do it,.

Most people give people advice that they are just giving themselves.

First you understand the Dhamma with your thoughts. If you begin to understand it, you will practice it. And if you practice it, you will begin to see it, you are the Dhamma and you have the joy of the Buddha.

- Ajahn Chah
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Old Today, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by sentient
There are tales of old Asian-Turkic people of the noble blue wolf clan having moved to Tibet & some of those Turks also claim having invented acupuncture.

Göktürks probably are the link between Siberian Shamanism, Taoism and Tibetan Buddhism:



A mandala, the symbolic representation of the universe is the drum (traditionally blood red markings on white deer hide even in Saami drums):


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