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This blog is created by a Buddhist living in Singapore. He embraces the Mahayana spirit of Bodhicitta, deeply respecting all Buddhist Traditions as expressions of Kindness guiding us on the path towards human perfection ~ Buddhahood.

He likes to post stuff that he had read or think is good to share here, sometimes he adds a little comments here and there... just sometimes..

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“Sariputra, if there are people who have already made the vow, who now make the vow, or who are about to make the vow, ‘I desire to be born in Amitabha’s country,’ these people, whether born in the past, now being born, or to be born in the future, all will irreversibly attain to anuttarasamyaksambodhi. Therefore, Sariputra, all good men and good women, if they are among those who have faith, should make the vow, ‘I will be born in that country.’”

~ Amitabha Sutra

When I obtain the Buddhahood, any being of the boundless and inconceivable Buddha-worlds of the ten quarters whose body if be touched by the rays of my splendour should not make his body and mind gentle and peaceful, in such a state that he is far more sublime than the gods and men, then may I not attain the enlightenment.

~ Amitabha Buddha's Thirty-Third Vow

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Buddhism and Eckhart Tolle

This is an interesting video by Eckhart Tolle. Not all things taught by him are Dharma, I posted their things here because it's good to learn about awareness and mindfulness practices from his modern way of explanation. You'll see me quoting or posting stuff from Eckhart Tolle and other 'new age' teachers. While reading into teachings of Eckhart Tolle and other teachers such as Nisargadatta Maharaj, it's interesting and important to note that he emphasizes alot on the stage of 'I AM', which is a path avoided by Buddha.

Many of Eckhart's students mistake 'I AM' as the absolute true self, whereas in buddhism 'true self' is only a name but does not have inherent existence, and must not deviate from the 3 dharma seals, as the zen saying goes, 'no self is (true) self' - these are major flaws that Buddhist practitioners must avoid. Their realisation of 'enlightenment' is definitely different and definitely far from the Enlightenment Buddha and His disciples attained.

The Buddha taught us the 3 Dharma Seals (Impermanence, No-self and Nirvana) as the 3 fundamentals that all true Dharma teachings must not deviate from. In this era where there are plenty of fake 'gurus' around, it is important that we understand these Dharma Seals in order to differentiate the Jewels from the rest.

Although Eckhart's teachings are not as thorough as Dharma, I certainly like his teaching (I'm actually one of his loyal fans) and will continue looking through them as reference like other self-help and inspiration books. I sincerely wish for Eckhart's continuous breakthrough in his cultivation path, and lead his students towards true liberation. For cultivation wise, I'll follow strictly what the Buddha taught - He already taught everything we need to know, all we need is learn it from the Sangha and then do it. No matter what people claim, no one sees reality as clear as Buddha, the Triple Gems is our only reliable refuge.

~ UnAwakenOne

This is a nice contribution, I want to share my reflections and experiences too!


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