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DNS wrote: Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:09 am
That is a winner! :bow:

Mechanical cultivation is not worthless, karmically speaking, some merit is accrued. Yet if our personality still has the same vices and no lessening in their strength, then our cultivation is missing the mark.

Dalai Lama once said that we should check up on our spiritual progress rarely - once a year maybe. If our virtues are still weak and few and our vices many and strong then repent & reform. If virtues are stronger and vices weaker, smile and continue cultivating.
Dhamma is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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Nicholas wrote: Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:13 pm
DNS wrote: Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:09 am
That is a winner! :bow:

Mechanical cultivation is not worthless, karmically speaking, some merit is accrued. Yet if our personality still has the same vices and no lessening in their strength, then our cultivation is missing the mark.

Dalai Lama once said that we should check up on our spiritual progress rarely - once a year maybe. If our virtues are still weak and few and our vices many and strong then repent & reform. If virtues are stronger and vices weaker, smile and continue cultivating.
I'd have to disagree with the purpose of that video, even if it was spoken by Thich Nhat Hanh, because empty recitation even in anger is much like some other pious activity such as giving out free sandwiches to the homeless even done in anger. You may do it in anger, ignorance, or even hatred, but it will still produce positive and proactive results, but of course not as great as it originally would. But there would still be important results that wouldn't merit anger from the Buddha, especially in a devoted practice like that. It is because of Amitabha's Vows that reciting His Name is effective, and they may be read here.

I see your point, and it is important to work on anger. For example the Buddha may be dissatisfied or even upset in a form of Upaya that this woman had not let go of her seeds of anger that grew into a full blown tree, that she was too attached to. But Buddhist Practice is never in vain. It is what was outside of her practice and what she didn't do in her practice that was the fault, the Buddhism was not faulty. Buddhism is Perfect. Reciting Amitabha Buddha's name even once brings great merit. So I both applaud this woman, but at the same time empathize with her that she couldn't overcome her anger. But she only needed to practice more, not less, perhaps all day silently. I do not think the Buddha was angry with her. Om.
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Brahma Das wrote: Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:18 pm I do not think the Buddha was angry with her.
Of course not, read more carefully.

That was her friend at the gate being sarcastic (or ironic?) to say, but not mean - as even the angry woman would understand.

There was no quotation of Buddha implied at all. It was a joke to teach her a lesson about her all pervasive anger affliction invading even her cultivation.
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Nicholas wrote: Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:33 pm
Brahma Das wrote: Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:18 pm I do not think the Buddha was angry with her.
Of course not, read more carefully.

That was her friend at the gate being sarcastic (or ironic?) to say, but not mean - as even the angry woman would understand.

There was no quotation of Buddha implied at all. It was a joke to teach her a lesson about her all pervasive anger affliction invading even her cultivation.
Well okay, if that is truly the case then it is semi-okay. For me it is just important to stress the merit of Buddhist Practice, especially chanting the Buddha's Names in this age, and I wouldn't want anyone to downplay the importance of that. But I understand your point. :anjali:
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And the video after that, the most recent one, about attachments was pretty good too.

Did the monk focus so much on non-attachment and letting-go, that he forgot to live? It's good to let-go and practice non-attachment, but as the narrator noted, maybe he forgot to live too, dropping things he did very well; calligraphy, poetry. As the narrator noted at the end, perhaps a middle-way would have been better?

Perhaps it could be said that:
He let-go of everything, except his attachment to letting-go.
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