Posted by wahyin (126.96.36.199) on April 24, 2000 at 20:40:13:
In Reply to: Q&A ..Buddhist or not,who cares!? posted by Martyn on April 24, 2000 at 14:51:42:
: Q : What's the ultimate goal in Buddhism?
: A : To achieve enlightenment.
: Q : What's enlightenment?
: A : A mind that has eliminated all mental afflictions
: by directly perceiving emptiness?
: Q : What's emptiness?
: A : Realization of ultimate reality where all
: phenomena including self have no inherent
: existence..mind perceiving emptiness abides in
: non-duality..no object no subject.
: Q : Isn't that like spacing out?
: A : Not at all..it cuts the root of birth/death and it
: is permanent.
: Q : How does one perceive emptiness?
: A : 1) Study dharma 2) Meditate
: 3) Purify negative karma in mental continum
: 4) Collect extensive merits ( perform good deeds
: while dedicating them with understanding of
: Q : How long does it take?
: A : Usually several lifetimes.If one practise tantra
: well, then in a single lifetime.
: Q : So what's the whole point? I want instant
: happiness in this lifetime.
: A : If one practises well, one WILL be happy in this
: Q : How does one meditate well?
: A : Keep your vows.
: Q : What do you mean?
: A : Vows are not rules laid down to restrict you. They
: are methods for you to gain better concentration
: and less mental distrction in meditation.
: Q : Methods?
: A : Yes,all the temples,statues,books,altars,prayers,
: mantras,rituals etc are METHODS to help you get
: Q : Do I have to be a Buddhist to do that?
: A : If you can perceive emptiness dirctly, WHO cares if
: you call yourself a Buddhist or not!
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