Posted by SkySitter (220.127.116.11) on November 07, 2000 at 04:13:25:
In Reply to: to you all posted by seer on November 06, 2000 at 11:21:28:
: i left church, read all sorts of books, believed all sorts of things, tried all kinds of meditation, sometimes had strange 'experiences', but each time i am back where i started. Can anything be attained by following the paths which others have set before us?
: If i replace my christian beliefs with buddhist beliefs, are they not still merely beliefs? i am struck when i observe that the buddha created his own path. how can we strike out on our own also?
If belief means something you take it blindly without understanding, then it is bad for you.
It is the doctrine (wisdom) to tell right from wrong, the displine to do only the right, and the concentration to stay with the two above.
Now, can you have "your own" way to tell, and to do the right? Why not?! Go for it.
(You are talking about many issues addressed in the early Chan years in the first 300 years after the 8th century in China. Don't worry. No matter how hard you try, you are just like everybody else...)
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