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Tashi Delek,

 

On the grounds of realizing that the state of our mind is flux. On the grounds of realizing that all attachment is illusion. On the grounds of realizing that there is nothing in this world that does not have a cause (is a product of karma) - that everything lacks self-inherent existence - and that our deluded minds interpret all phenomenon as real. That could be a good start. :)

 

Best regards,

Khyenrab

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Tashi Delek,

 

Why to choose such a starting point if in reality we never attaind this state before?

 

Best regards,

Micu

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The goal is to see through the fog of illusions and misconceptins, to still the hasty, greedy ego-mind, to embellish it with kindness and compassion, to become completely de-centalized, to become "a servant to all beings who desire a servant" as Arya Shantideva put it; and as Lama Yeshe put it: to develop a "clean clear mind"; to see all there is the way it is in reality, and not as we would fabricate it with our petty goals and silly projections. I hope this answers your question. :?

 

Best regards,

Khyenrab

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Tashi Delek,

 

It seems to me that the question of Enlightenment has a lot to do with faith, belief. My mind being a little bit more quiet than somebody else's doesn't prove much (especially not the reality of Nirvana), does it? :roll: But it is true that faith (trust) does open our eyes for greater things that often lead us towards wisdom...

 

Greetings,

Atreju

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Tashi Delek,

 

Can you explain the diffrent types of nirvana: "natural nirvana", "nirvana with residue", "nirvana without residue", and "non-abiding nirvana".

 

Thank you very much,

Micu

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Tashi Delek,

 

The following all refer to the same thing: natural nirvana, the natural Mother, the natural perfection of wisdom, the natural Dharma Body, and ultimate truth.

 

The definition of nirvana with something left over is: "A cessation which comes from the individual analysis, and which consists of having eliminated the mental-affliction obstacles in their entirety, but where one still has the suffering heaps that are a result of his past actions and bad thoughts." A classical example of this would be the nirvana found in the mental stream of a listener who is a foe destroyer, and who has not yet shucked off the heaps he took on.

 

The definition of nirvana with nothing left over is: "A cessation which comes from the individual analysis, and which consists of having eliminated the mental-affliction obstacles in their entirety, and where one is free of the sufferings heaps that are a result of his past actions and bad thoughts." A classical example of this would be the nirvana found in the mental stream of a listener who is a foe destroyer, and who has shucked off the heaps he took on.

 

The definition of nirvana which does not stay is: "A cessation which comes from the individual analysis, and which consists of having eliminated both kind of obstacles in their entirety." A classical example of this would be the truth of cessation in the mental stream of a realized being who is a Buddha.

 

From the Presentation on Nirvana found in the Analysis of the Perfection of Wisdom, by Kedrup Tenpa Dargye (1493-1568).

 

Micu

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