A discussion on all aspects of Theravāda Buddhism
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If you put a teaspoon full of vinegar or maple syrup into a shot glass half full of water the vinegar glass would be bitter to drink and the syrup glass noticeably sweet.villkorkarma wrote:Is it like that? The way to nirvana, that you get much more times with only(just) little hapiness and just Little dissapointment more closer to nirvana one is?
Do the same experiment with a teaspoon full of each and a water glass half full of water.
Then do it again with a bucket of water.
Then an ocean.
Its still just a teaspoon full.
But its not exactly like that i would guess.
Someone please rescue this line of thinking with a better analogy
“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig
I have never heard or read anything to support this line of thinking. What I have heard and read is that one gets more and more equanimous with progress. So equanimity in face of factors that cause happiness or disappointment is a good guide to judge one's development.villkorkarma wrote:Is it like that? The way to nirvana, that you get much more times with only(just) little hapiness and just Little dissapointment more closer to nirvana one is?
In terms of cute analogies, think of yourself as a pendulum that is gaining mass with practice and thus that does not swing as much to either side when a given amount of force is applied to it. The closer you are to nirvana the larger and larger amount of force it takes to move it from rest. Until you gain so much mass (arahant) that you become unshakable. Now your swinging days are over.m0rl0ck wrote: Someone please rescue this line of thinking with a better analogy