108883Re: to be the buddah
- Aug 1, 2010Hi Ryan,
> What does it mean to be the buddha now?In my opinion, "to be the Buddha now" means to end Ignorance now.
What is ignorance, what is the origin of ignorance, what is the ceasing of ignorance, and what is the way leading to the ceasing of ignorance? Not knowing about suffering, not knowing about the origin of suffering, not knowing about the ceasing of suffering, not knowing about the way leading to the ceasing of suffering, this is called ignorance! With the arising of the mental fermentations, ignorance also arises. With the ceasing of the mental fermentations, ignorance also ceases! The way leading to the ceasing of ignorance is just this Noble 8-fold Way: That is; Right view, right motivation, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right awareness, and right concentration.
The Buddha teaches that clinging to a doctrine of a self is suffering, because it propels one towards further becomings, further births, further agings and further deaths.
The Buddha teaches that craving is the cause for clinging to a doctrine of a self. There are these six kinds of craving: craving for delightful forms experienced with the eye, craving for delightful sounds experienced with the ear, craving for delightful aromas experienced with the nose, craving for delightful tastes experienced with the tongue, craving for delightful tactile sensations experienced with the body and craving for delightful ideas (such as a refined doctrine of a self like yours) experienced with the mind.
The Buddha teaches that with the ceasing of craving, there is also the ceasing of clinging to a doctrine of a self.
The Buddha teaches that the Noble Eightfold Path is the way that leads to the ceasing of clinging to a doctrine of a self.
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