Posted by Jade (188.8.131.52) on May 13, 2000 at 04:51:09:
First of all, I'd like to say that this site is great! I haven't been a Buddhist for very long and I live in a remote area where there is no local Buddhist community, so discovering this site (a net-sangha if you like) was a real thrill. I only discovered this site last week and have been looking through some of the older messages. One caught my attention, a conversation between Soulplex and Remmy about the illusion of time. I studied philosophy at Uni and one of the most debated about ideas through the ages has been time - does it exist or not? Buddhism's' answer, if I understand it correctly, is that the DURATION of time is a trick of the memory and that each instant on its own is timeless, complete and eternal for the Buddhahood within us at least. There's just one thing I don't quite understand and would be truly thankful if anyone could help me.
For the Buddhahood within us, there is no time - each instant of our lives is still and silent. But what about the thinking/samsaric/suffering part of each of us? Is that part of us still and motionless at each moment too, or does it MOVE and CHANGE through time? By 'move' I mean ACTUALLY move, not just a false illusion of movement but the thinking mind is actually still. Does the samsaric mind move and evolve? I understand it is a difficult topic so any help whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.
If the suffering/samsaric part of us IS motionless, I can understand why the idea was depressing dear Remmy, as it would mean the pain we are experiencing right now as suffering samsaric beings will never end. Not a comforting thought really.
Peace to all
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