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[zeph] Re: Comments on "Zeph's First Awakening (Part 1)"

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  • james
    Part of the reason sometimes we follow crowds is to escape from our own freedom. In a sense, we let the crowd make the decision for us. And crowd can include
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      Part of the reason sometimes we follow crowds is to escape from our own
      freedom. In a sense, we let the crowd make the decision for us. And crowd
      can include such things as faith, such as Christianity and Buddhism.

      Regards,
      James.






      -----Original Message-----
      From: !Namo@mituofO! <amituofo@...>
      To: zeph@egroups.com <zeph@egroups.com>
      Date: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 2:14 AM
      Subject: [zeph] Comments on "Zeph's First Awakening (Part 1)"


      >Hi Ivy & Frens,
      >
      >> I guess I have this sort of feeling before. I like to be alone sometime
      >> because of the freedom to do anything I want without trying to suit my
      >> friends. However, being all alone in the mid of Orchard road with so many
      >> groups of friends, couples, sometimes I would feel panic, lonely,
      aimless.
      >> I guess people are always afraid of being lonely. Even with a group of
      >> friends, there can be times of loneliness.
      >
      >I think being in crowds sometimes highlight our aloneness and loneliness-
      >when we realise we are not of the crowd, and are unsure where we belong. So
      >often do we follow the crowd in norms and activities. Who are we without
      the
      >crowds we join? Crowds in turn follow other crowds- do we know where we are
      >leading each other to? Is it often a case of the blind leading the blind?
      >Sometimes being Buddhist in a non-Buddhist environment can feel so lonely-
      >even when we know our thinking is correct. Thus I can't agree more of the
      >importance of Spiritual Friendship- which helps sustains and encourage us
      in
      >our difficulties in practising the Dharma.
      >
      >Metta
      >shian
      >
      >
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