Life has no meaning if the teachings are not lived
"Living the teachings" does not mean to live in imitation of K (which the phrase usually seems to mean). "the teaching", by K, is not to imitate anyw one.
living is the great teacher;teachings is the light shown the way ahead.
I would say 'discovering the teachings' or 'perceiving the teachings' all around and in oneself, even in those who are not K listeners or readers is more apt to me;herein lies the openess, vastness and freshness in K's teachings.
Living the teachings to me would be too much of the old formula and back to traditional strappings; the feeling of being bound to codes and expectations; again it it the way one interprets it I suppose.
it does. after understanding it, of course. i think if one understands, one would live it spontaneously. i wouldn't attempt to live something that i understand only intellectually, but which doesn't come to me naturally.
It seems that trying to implement K's teachings in one's life, thus 'living them', may bring utter desperation, constant sorrow and a deadly impasse. Through observation it is possible to reach a point where the 'self' is shown at large, but nothing else happens, no 'promised' transformation takes place. When the enquiry is rooted in the slightlest desire to achieve anything, even understanding, the whole process is corrupted. The teachings cannot 'be lived' in the sense of applying them to oneself; K (1955) asked a questioner: "Are you experimenting with my teachings ... or with yourself? I hope you see the difference." The whole point is knowing oneself, and each of us are somehow different --sharing a 'self' notwithstanding. One has to be careful with what K describes as part of knowing oneself; if one tries to 'reproduce' his findings, the result can be disastrous.
No, their are no "teachings" there are only questions for us to explore within ourselves and in company with others.
Living the teachings means living like the teacher. But, it isn't possible until one becomes free.
Yes, because I happen to understand what the teachings are. Along with the knowledge that there are also other teachings that, if grasped and lived in their fullness, will also bring absolute freedom to the human Spirit.
The teachings have changed my outlook of life but I am not dogmatic about "living the teachings"
Taken as being a light unto oneself it has meaning. Taken as following the teachings it is meaningless.
Living the teachings means 'has this become a fact to you'.
Yes to practice in every moment.
Is there ever and end to these ?s. ?
Words carry meanings but they go as far as one's imagination could and it is limited.
Yes. When I attended my first 'live' talk at Brockwood in 1980 I felt I had just heard the Buddha speak; it was as living a thing as it could be through the limited medium of words. Having heard K many times I can always hear his intonation when I read one of the books and I think it might be difficult for those who never heard him speak to get the spirit of what he's saying. But there are dvds. This will always be a living teaching so long as there is even just one person in the world who can activate it and actualize it.
yes! it is Life, and that is what we are ultimately doing when we question it, which is all a part of life, discovery, exploration, learning, teaching,? for me personally it relates to everythign I do, in my studies, my whole daily activity, It has never been a day without learning since I don't know when; the only thing to me is when i do run into someone that reads K, it has more become of a discussion on him, or about what he is saying, but the truth is not yours and that is fact whether K said it or not, and that has to be understood of ones own light
The phrase has no meaning until one starts to question it. And the first question would have to be 'What does it mean to live?' which in itself is the essence of the teachings. So in this sense it is very easy to begin living the teachings. But where exactly does it end, if it ends at all?
It has a definite meaning to me.But living it has to come spontaeniously.
Yes. Otherwise what the teaching points towards remains a theory.
This is the only thing which has a meaning- all other things is just an intelecatual stuff for playing about and have any no validity.
yes....if you are living the teaching you are not there...
Very much so, but i find it very difficult.
living the every moment and droping the monent.