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A Guide to a Revolution of Mind
Dzogchen Ponlop: Rebel Buddha

There's ​a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha--the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth. Dzogchen Ponlop guides you through the inner revolution that comes from unleashing your rebel buddha. He explains how, by training your mind and understanding your true nature, you can free yourself from needless suffering. He presents a thorough introduction to the essence of the Buddha's teachings and argues that, if we are to bring these teachings fully into our personal experience, we must go beyond the cultural trappings of traditional Asian Buddhism. „We all want to find some meaningful truth about who we are,” he says, „but we can only find it… (tovább)

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Shambhala Publications, Boston, 2011
224 oldal · puhatáblás · ISBN: 9781590309292

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Sonnenschein>!

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?
On this path, we're searching for meaningful knowledge: we want to know who we are and why things happen to us. We also want to understand our relationship to the world and why things happen to others.

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A spiritual question is primarily one we ask ourselves and process alone. Just as our answers must come from within, our questions come from inside us too. They come from the same place. All our questions are connected to something we already know. Each question will lead to an answer that will lead to further questions and so on. As our understanding grows, our questions become clearer and our answers more meaningful. This is how the spiritual path progresses.

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Real wisdom is when you find a true question. When you find it, you should not rush to answer it. Stay with it for a while. Make friends with it. We live in „instant times”-instant messaging, instant pictures, fast food-and our mind is accustomed these days to instant gratification. If we bring this expectation to our spiritual path, however, we'll be disappointed. Some of our questions can't be answered right away. We must be as patient as scientists are when they run their experiments and diligently evaluate-and verify their findings.

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Although Buddhism can be practiced „religiously,” in many respects, it isn't really a religion. Because of its emphasis on questioning and working with the mind, it is spiritual in nature. But because it relies on logical analysis and reasoning, as well as on meditation, many Buddhist teachers regard Buddhism as a science of mind rather than a religion.

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The closest thing to the notion of a god in Buddhism is probably the state of enlightenment. But even enlightenment is regarded as a human accomplishment: the development of consciousness to its highest state. The Buddha taught that every human being has the capacity to achieve that level of realization.

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If I said, „I want to become God,” it would sound crazy or even blasphemous to a theist. It would be considered a very ambitious, very ego-centered thought. But in the Buddhist tradition, we're encouraged to become like Buddha-awakened ones.

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In Buddhism, we aren't trying to look at the physical world by itself; instead, we're looking at the mind and its relationship to the appearances of the world. We observe the mind to see what the mind itself is and how it acts in relation to our internal and external experiences of everything-from thoughts and emotions to actual things. To do this, we need a special set of tools that can take us beyond the mind's limitations. Buddhism uses the tools of meditation and a process of reasoning.

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… the Buddha once advised,

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

What the Buddha is saying in this quotation is that we must investigate any presentation of the truth that claims to be authoritative. We should question its reasoning and logic with our own reasoning and logic. We should analyze it from top to bottom, inside and out. If we find that it's reasonable, helpful, and beneficial not just for ourselves but for others as well, then we can accept it. The Buddha actually says, „ … then accept it and live up to it.”

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… genuine faith is simply confidence and trust in ourselves, in our own intelligence and understanding, which then extends to the path we're traveling. But we need to find our own way because there is no „one-size-fits-all” spiritual path.

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All cultures have their values and principles, but if we accept them blindly, without reference to their personal and cultural subjectivity, then they can become a source of confusion, of judgments about the legitimacy of other ideas or even the value of a human life.

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