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Sat, 11 Jan 2020 #91
Thumb_spock Douglas MacRae-Smith France 144 posts in this forum Offline

Tom Paine wrote:
essential need for Truth,

This need must be quite rare then.

Maybe I should have said : Being in a position where the self becomes less important than some greater good.

This can happen to all humans. What is rarer is that this situation is embraced.

Rinzaï Zen tries to organise what I have described above (#81) with regular Meditation coupled with Koans (and your Zen Master telling you you're wrong)

Look, see, let go

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Sat, 11 Jan 2020 #92
Thumb_donna_and_jim_fb_bw Tom Paine United States 3093 posts in this forum Offline

Douglas MacRae-Smith wrote:
Maybe I should have said : Being in a position where the self becomes less important than some greater good.

This can happen to all humans.

Well sure....mostly it happens in times of great strife, like the Resistance movement in France after the Nazi occupation. Or even today many of us read the horrors in the news and come here because we feel there’s a ‘greater good’ than a self centered life.

Let it Be

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Sun, 12 Jan 2020 #93
Thumb_open-uri20180717-8420-135f99u-0 Mina Martini Finland 287 posts in this forum Offline

Some thoughts that appeared concerning attention and inattention

It is in the core of inattention ITSELF that attention lies. There is no outer factor.

The fact of this is realised when the negation of what is false, imaginary, (in this context 'inattention') is unravelled to its very end.

This is what negation is when let to complete itself. It is the 'pathless land'..

...

with a slightly different wording:

Attention is the real nature of that which may APPEAR as inattention.

Inattention is appearance, image, attention is its source, its real nature.

-with another example:

The source of shadow is light.

When the light shines directly unto itself, (negation completing itself) there is no shadow. (This is what 'being a light unto oneself' is)

Likewise, when attention is discovered in the very heart of inattention, there exists no inattention.

Or in other words: it is at the core of the experience of a separate self that lies freedom from it.

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