empty-handed

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genkaku
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empty-handed

Post by genkaku » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:23 pm

Not sure if this is worth a topic or not, but...

I guess I always felt that, to the extent there was a goal in Buddhist practice, my goal was to end up empty-handed. If, at the end of some imaginary adventure, I ended up with anything whatsoever in my hands, anything concrete and praiseworthy, then that could not possibly be the end of the line. (Yes, I know ... end of WHAT line???)

Naturally, this view led to a lot of squirming along the way. Every time I did my best to 'let go,' sure enough something would come along to replace whatever it was I had let go of. When I found myself empty-handed, then sure as god made little green apples, I would find something to pick up ... something like empty-handedness, for example.

I'm not sure what the point of all this is. It just crossed my mind. These days I'm too old and fat a lazy and occasionally I worry about that. What the hell, it's something to hold in my hands. :)

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Re: empty-handed

Post by bodom » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:34 pm

Yeah my hands are pretty full these days too...

:namaste:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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