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Gerard

Hello Chalip,

The question I asked previously, was asked for a reason. In putting this question forward it leaves the intellect with no where to "run". It is an impossible question... that is, it is impossible to find the answer.
I have been to dialogue/inquiry groups in the past, and it is interesting that when a question like this, an 'impossible" question, is put forward it can leave the group in silence... it stops the intellectual mind from grasping.

As you said, to hold the question without trying to answer it... this might lead us out of an intellectual inquiry and into a "different" kind of inquiry where we can go beyond the words.

It's like if I ask the question, "Does God exist?" The intellect might try to cover this question with ideas or beliefs, but this is not the truth.
The hardest thing is to stay in the position of not knowing... to hold that question, not letting it go. It might be true that there are other questions that need to be asked which will wipe away the original question.

Maybe there is one question that will wipe away all other questions... what if it were that simple?

Zen

Interesting post...

jessica

mmmmmmmmmmm...

Kobutsu

We are not suffering..... suffering is something extra that ego adds onto the all pervasive dissatisfactioriness of existence.

Zen of Writing

It's because the mind is cunning that we need to find a teacher and sangha.

Joko Beck said, this life is paradise, if we could only see it.

Tom

chalip,

I hope you pick up this thread, again. Or the blogging bug bites you again, soon.

An interesting recent post on the 4 Noble Truths in Monkey Mind has me busy thinking about the topic of your post.

http://monkeymindonline.blogspot.com/2007/04/my-arguemtn-with-four-noble-truths.html

CJ

The mind loves security. It wants to be able to say "this is the truth, and this is the fail-safe path to happiness". The problem is, happiness only exists in the present moment. We can be happy right now. Yet what most of us want is the security of being happy not only now, but for all time to come. No sooner do we gain some thing that makes us happy, then we are immediately thinking about how to get more of it, or how to secure and grasp this happiness and guarantee that it will not go away. But this kind of security does not exist. There is only the present. And so there is no path as such - there is no set of rules to follow. The only rule is to be have an open heart and an open mind and to do what is right in the current moment.

chalip

Tom, thanks for the link... I'll check it out.

I think I will be blogging regularly again soon. I've missed it, and I've missed the community.

And CJ... well said. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

bows,
chalip

chalip

Oh, and Kobutsu...

Forgot to say, excellent point...

"You're not suffering, you just think you are."

We do get wrapped up in what ever it is that we perceive to be "our suffering." It does become a very "real" thing that sits in front of us, and looking through it we don't see ourselves or the world clearly.

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