Many teachers got ill and died. Why didn’t they save themselves if they were awakened?

The physical body becomes ill at times.  One day the physical body will die.  Awakening will not change this.  Awakening does not give super powers.  Even after awakening, sickness of the body may occur…pain may be experienced…and death of the body is inevitable. Continue reading Many teachers got ill and died. Why didn’t they save themselves if they were awakened?

How has appreciation worked with negative events? Like appreciating grief or pain?

No event is positive or negative…good or bad. It is only in thought that what-is is deemed positive or negative in relation to a “me”. It is ignorance and the illusions of the mind really…that create good or bad…fortunate or unfortunate…etc.  In Zen, it might be phrased as – vast emptiness…nothing holy…or unholy.

Suffering…as in grief…is not something that has arisen for me in many years. Pain is something that occurs from time to time. I had what the doctor thought was gout.  I could not walk very well for nearly a week; and I had a limp for a month. It started out with extreme pain for about a week, but the pain decreased daily over the next month. I appreciate that, even at its worst, I could still walk and had the use of my legs…not to mention I was alive.  Life wasn’t just about the pain…I had many experiences that were enjoyable (even with pain) and appreciated them.  The pain was but one small aspect of everything that was going on. Continue reading How has appreciation worked with negative events? Like appreciating grief or pain?

How does one stop desiring?

Why desire to stop desiring?  It is not that you have to stop desiring entirely, but that you do not to take those desires so seriously (i.e. attachment to the desires).  Attachment to desires cause suffering…it is not desire itself that causes suffering.  It is a craving and that you just are not happy until you get what you desire.

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Can you help me with my fear of failure?

I would recommend any or all of the following:

  1. remaining present.
  2. inquiry into this “me” that has fear and look for the source of the “me”.
  3. inquiry into the fear and look for the source of the fear.
  4. surrendering to God, the Self, Reality, and/or destiny/fate.

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Do the awakened care about others?

While the awakened have seen through the idea of others (as separate individuals), I will say there is a caring.  It is a misunderstanding to think that the awakened don’t recognize others at all. It is a misunderstanding to think that the awakened don’t care about others. Continue reading Do the awakened care about others?

What is the point of attaining enlightenment?

This is a question only a “me” would ask…”what do I get out of it?”  There really is no point, because enlightenment is seeing through the “me” that wants to find use or utility.  That which might see a point is itself seen to be an illusion.  Use and utility only matter to a “me”.  No “me”…no use or utility…no point. Continue reading What is the point of attaining enlightenment?

I feel inadequate when we compare myself to peers. What do you suggest?

You are comparing apples to oranges (using the old aphorism).  No one and no thing is superior, nor inferior, nor equal.  You are creating your own misery in comparing what really can not be compared and believing the comparison is valid. Continue reading I feel inadequate when we compare myself to peers. What do you suggest?

Do you find it difficult to stay present in the midst of challenging life circumstances?

Not really, because it is thought that makes a life circumstance difficult (i.e. challenging) or easy.  When there is no thought (i.e. truly present), life circumstances are neither difficult nor easy…they are what they are. Continue reading Do you find it difficult to stay present in the midst of challenging life circumstances?

Is indifference the same as enlightenment?

Indifference and dispassion have been taught as a practice for enlightenment since ancient times.  However, indifference itself is not the same as enlightenment.  Teaching indifference and dispassion to achieve enlightenment probably came about because the enlightened are non-attached.  The enlightened seemed indifferent or dispassionate (in comparison to other people) and so someone thought it would be a good idea to imitate this to get enlightenment.  Kind of trying to get the tail to wag the dog. Continue reading Is indifference the same as enlightenment?

Where is the line between discernment and judgment?

First there is discernment and then comes judgment.  If you hear a caw of a crow, you discern it is a caw.  The discernment is such you automatically know it is not the meow of a cat, a bark of a dog, a crack of thunder in the sky, or any other sound.  These are all different sounds and each can be discerned.  Even if all these other sounds were present in that moment, there is the recognition of that is a caw…which is discerned from a meow, bark, or clap of thunder.

Judgment may then arise.  Judgment is valuation.  Perhaps you don’t like crows, so when you hear a caw of a crow…you grimace in disgust.  Perhaps you like crows, so when you hear a caw of a crow…you hear it and feel pleasure.  Liking or not liking is judgement.  Saying the sound of the caw or the crow itself is good or bad is a judgment. Continue reading Where is the line between discernment and judgment?