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Offlinedawn of a new day
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The absence of good and bad
    #2420504 - 03/11/04 09:07 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I've always had a lot of difficulty understanding the theory that no action is inherently good or bad, but just an action. My meditation teacher hinted at it and I've seen it mentioned on here many times, but it never really clicked for me.
Lately, however, I've been going through what would definitely be considered a "bad" experience, but I am starting to realize that it might help me to become a better person. It is still bothering me terribly but merely days after this incident I am already beginning to see it in a more positive light and am seeing my misfortune in a more neutral light.
Have any of you had what would be generally considered a bad experience that ended up changing you for the better or even just had a positive side to it?


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Re: The absence of good and bad [Re: dawn of a new day]
    #2420760 - 03/11/04 10:27 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

what happen to you if you don't mind me askin?


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Re: The absence of good and bad [Re: dawn of a new day]
    #2420790 - 03/11/04 10:33 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Pain induces learning.


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Re: The absence of good and bad [Re: dawn of a new day]
    #2421162 - 03/12/04 12:08 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Presently, difficult circumstances appear to us as though they were inherently negative. We perceive them as though they were emanating bad feelings in our direction, as though we were passive recipients of the cirumstances of our environment. In actuality, though, it is only the mind which assigns postive or negative characteristics to certain observations. No action or circumstance has the inherent attribute of good or evil because no actions or circumstances have inherent attributes.

Just as a dog sees no interest in a bowl filled with gold and precious gems, a human being sees no interest in a dusty bone.

When we view difficult cirumstances as inherently negative, we become immediately frustrated, and we lose our happiness. We think "I should not have to experience this" and quickly begin to shut down, to resist the appearance of the problem, or whatever people and things appear to us as the cause of the problem. We may become involved in arguments or violent conflicts.

Since no circumstance is inherently negative, it is completely unnecessary to approach the appearance of difficulty in such a manner. Instead, we can remember that there is no situation which has inherent attributes, and instead turn our focus inward. Since it is only the mind which imputes characteristics upon a certain set of circumstances, we can investigate a means of altering how the mind apprehends the appearance of negativity. If this is how we relate to the difficulties of daily life, we will gradually experience less suffering and problems.


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Re: The absence of good and bad [Re: Ped]
    #2421253 - 03/12/04 12:28 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

so, are you saying, become your own master? in some sense..


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Re: The absence of good and bad [Re: Zero7a1]
    #2421417 - 03/12/04 12:57 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Similar, yes. I'm suggesting that we need to take responsibility for our experience of difficulty, and recognize that such experiences arise only within our own minds. If we have this recognition, we are able to move away from suffering and problems.


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Re: The absence of good and bad [Re: Ped]
    #2421897 - 03/12/04 03:08 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I'm starting to think that good and ba d balances itself out naturally.


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