I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

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I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by tiltbillings » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:39 am

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>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” HPatDH p.723

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by Ben » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:48 am

I'm sure there is, too.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by Kim OHara » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:58 am

A very very quiet lesson, though.

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by daverupa » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:07 pm

Commentary:

"very very Image lesson" it is said... :stirthepot:
  • "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.

- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by mikenz66 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:42 pm

Perhaps Venerable Mahakaccana will be along presently to expound the meaning in detail...

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by DNS » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:41 pm

I thought of a possible lesson:

Greed can kill.

Don't know for sure but think the toad may die or get injured from taking on more than he can handle / digest.

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by polarbear101 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:02 pm

must be some strange Koan, haha. All I see is a question mark with a blue box around it
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Post by Ytrog » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:47 pm

polarbuddha101 wrote:must be some strange Koan, haha. All I see is a question mark with a blue box around it
Me too :(

EDIT

When I open it in a new tab it says "attachment removed". While this is normally a good thing for us Buddhists it is slightly inconvenient now ;)
Last edited by Ytrog on Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.
mindfulness, bliss and beyond (page 8) wrote:Do not linger on the past. Do not keep carrying around coffins full of dead moments
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Post by Modus.Ponens » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:56 pm

Can you put the link, Tilt? I too don't see the picture.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by dharmagoat » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:45 pm

The attachment got fried somehow.

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by daverupa » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:52 pm

dharmagoat wrote:The attachment got fried somehow.
ba-dum *ksh*
  • "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.

- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by tiltbillings » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:54 am

For those who could not see the picture and now wish they hadn't:
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>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” HPatDH p.723

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by Ben » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:23 am

And there I was thinking it was some sort of subversive commentary on my role as administrator!!
Oh the horror!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by Kim OHara » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:55 am

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Tilt,
I could not see the picture and still can't. I'm not sure I want to, but 12 posts about a mystery subject is as irritating as a pebble in my shoe ... enlighten us, if you can, in words.

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by DNS » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:12 am

Try this link:

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by lament » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:36 am

The lesson I took from that is that an animal's life is incredibly unpleasant at times.

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by danieLion » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:58 am

Lesson?:
What is one?
All beings subsist on food.
-Kuddakapatha 4

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by danieLion » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:59 am

Or:
Don't go down dark tunnels?

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by manas » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:07 am

I felt a sense of horror while looking at it. But if it had been the other way around - ie, a rodent eating a toad - it would not have had as much emotional impact, because the little rat-like creature is cute, and the toad is,,,horrible and ugly.

The lesson? Try to avoid being reborn as an animal, where this kind of miserable end is commonplace, maybe?

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Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

(SN 22.97)

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Re: I am sure there is a lesson in this somewhere

Post by tiltbillings » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:24 am

danieLion wrote:Or:
Don't go down dark tunnels?
Isn't that an admonition for male celibacy?
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” HPatDH p.723

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