A Checksum For The Buddhist Spiritual End Game


Questions based on ignorance may not lead to answer that leads to nibbana:

This is how he attends unwisely: ‘Was I in the past? Was I not in the past? What was I in the past? How was I in the past? Having been what, what did I become in the past? Shall I be in the future? Shall I not be in the future? What shall I be in the future? How shall I be in the future? Having been what, what shall I become in the future?’ Or else he is inwardly perplexed about the present thus: ‘Am I? Am I not? What am I? How am I? Where has this being come from? Where will it go?’

He attends wisely: ‘This is suffering’; he attends wisely: ‘This is the origin of suffering’; he attends wisely: ‘This is the cessation of suffering’; he attends wisely: ‘This is the way leading to the cessation of suffering.’ When he attends wisely in this way, three fetters are abandoned in him: personality view, doubt, and adherence to rules and observances. These are called the taints that should be abandoned by seeing. MN2.


Everything has always happened by itself though we thought we were doing it!


“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.” ― Basho.


Did Basho build bookcases?


Stranger things have happened :slightly_smiling_face:


But don’t take this to mean you shouldn’t apply the right amount of striving to practice the Noble eightfold path.

Sona, over-aroused persistence leads to restlessness, overly slack persistence leads to laziness. Thus you should determine the right pitch for your persistence… AN6.55


Discovered on Basho’s bookcase:
“Sitting quietly, doing nothing. Readers come, and insight grows, by itself.” – Anon.