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Considering ‘Does it Have to Be’

[10:02] <manji> and sitting here, the thought occured, “what is this ‘does it have to be?’, what is the value of this, what is the intention, what is the cause, what are the proximate questions? and it occured that it is valuable in that it lessens suffering, inclined toward liberation, and if the intention inclines that direction, then it is valuable, if not, it is not valuable… which then…
[10:03] <manji> leads to intention… and for many eons, the ‘does it have to be’ could be asked, and lead to a craze, a does-it-have-to-be duty asceticism… and when that reaches its end, may lead, or not to liberation, for it is intention that leads…
[10:04] <manji> and what before intention arrived? view.
[10:04] <manji> view is a proximate cause of intention.
[10:05] * muddysan (~muddsan@[redacted]) has joined #buddhism
[10:05] <manji> so with right view, comes right intention. right being inclined toward liberation, wrong being inclined toward suffering
[10:08] <manji> and for those on a noble search, for liberation, do not say personal liberation, for liberation unbinds what are commonly mistaken for self, what are taken for me, and mine.
[10:09] <manji> and these views of me and mine, lead to a thicket of views, views which prompt afflictions, and end in greater suffering
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[10:13] <manji> and just now it occured, ‘common understanding of religion is that it is a herd, when it means to re-read, re-consider, re-view, religion is mindfulness. however as the skhandas are taken for self, as me, as mine, and leads to suffering, so too with religion being taken for herd, for group, as we, as ours, and leads to greater suffering by way of wrong speech…’
[10:14] <manji> and it makes sense, though ignorant how this came to be, for the effluence of me, is we, and the effluence of mine, is ours… and just so, the wheel of dhamma came to halt.
[10:14] <manji> dhamma as a collective being taken for self.
[10:14] <manji> and the visitors came to hear, an the flash of the trackers occurred.
[10:14] <manji> and having heard the dhamma, there is right release for some hearers
[10:15] <manji> liberated from me, from mine, from we, from ours… liberating the heaps, setting the wheel in motion toward liberation.
[10:17] <manji> taken for ours, taken for theirs, this mass of suffering amplified by way of view compoundment, and view compoundment is just this thicket of views… this is dharmadhatu, this phenomena, this vision of activity cordoned off, like a hump, like a hill, distinguished from planes… where one says ‘that is a hill’ one sees the hump, yet excludes the planes… where one says ‘that is a plane’
[10:17] <manji> one sees the planes, yet excludes the hump… the fruit of seeing of humps and planes is exactly the fruit of causes and conditions, having been realized by intents…
[10:18] <manji> and intents are momenta…
[10:18] * Egon (~Egon@[redacted]) Quit (Quit: My MacBook has gone to sleep. ZZZzzz…)
[10:18] <manji> and obey the laws of dharma.

and now having shed light on the reality of this, and having rightly reviewed, physics came, and as physics came, so did this understanding that view, is occlusion, having taken up an interest in graphics as a warrior of light… and having taken this up, the practice of boolean operations was discovered, and having mastered these, xor was known and having known xor, the understanding of view forerunning intention is known. for it is like setting holes in a river,

and now having shed light on the reality of this, and having rightly reviewed, physics came, and as physics came, so did this understanding that view, is occlusion, having taken up an interest in graphics as a warrior of light… and having taken this up, the practice of boolean operations was discovered, and having mastered these, xor was known and having known xor, the understanding of view forerunning intention is known. for it is like setting holes in a river, by way of a rock, and knowing the element of earth, having pondered it, having meditated on stillness, and fixedness, on firmness, the earth was taken as a meditation object, and upon this firmness was set the flow of samsara, and considering the flow, water was taken as a meditation object, the fluidity and movements set forth, and the crossing of water across rock, led to friction, and friction led to heat, and heat led to the quality of fire, of a perpendicular orientation, and this was considered, it was meditated on, without description, without word, its meanings meditated on directly, and this lead to wind, the movement of air, induced by heat, and this was considered, it was meditated on, again the quality, beyond words, beyond description, its meaning directly. and then from here space, the space through which winds, stillness, beyond earthness, beyond fluidness, beyond fireness, beyond windness… space, endless space… and jhanas arose…

and so too with color,
with blue, endless blue, beyond word, beyond description, blueness, vivid
with yellow, endless yellow, beyond word, beyond description, yellowness, vivid
and so too with red, endless red, beyond word, beyond description, redness, vivid

and the inversions of these, and the qualities of color was considered, lased, uniform, frequency and vibration, of heat… and all manifest colors were meditated on. light and pigment.

and as all manifest colors were meditated on, superposition yet again was considered, were that all light color came together, there would be white, and meditating on white, it was generated, and having been generated there was light, pure, beyond word, beyond endless white… and so too with black, endless pigment, endless absorbing all light.

and so too with hole, with aperture. black, and absence of hole, light.

the rock in the river was cast, that rock, this meditation, this upright absorption, cast into the river of samsara.

and so, it was known all matters of awareness, until awareness itself was considered, and an endless clarity emerged, abstracting away all conception, abstracting away all word, abstracting away all description, abstracting away all meaning, endless awareness.

and the ox, this body having been trained in vibrating, could write, it could move across switches, and having moved across switches with awareness, it typed, and having typed, it conveyed, and having conveyed, it blessed, and having blessed, it knew bliss, and tranquility.

faint smoke drifts on the breeze of endless awareness… ashes of the small fire sitting here, like that rock. infitessimal, yet profound in awareness.

self-view is inversely proportional to liberation.

we-view is inversely proportional to liberation.

brand-view is inversely proportional to liberation.

and so it is, right view, is the forerunner, as a polarizer is to light.

and as a polarizer to light, light is polarized, so polarization was considered, and having considered polarization, stacks of polarizers were considered, and knowing this, time was broken, having gone beyond sequentiality…

and so it is without beginning,
and so it is without end,
and so it is without continuance,
and so it is without fixedness,
these have been seen directly,
all suffering ceases,
beyond ending,
like a lamp
put out
gone,
gone,
gone beyond,
gone utterly beyond,
bodhi svaha!