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If I told you that your true nature was not as a sinner…?

but that your true nature was Buddhahood; would you feel inclined to take interest in that idea?

We are not condemned to hell but, instead, are filled with wisdom, bliss and eternity. Buddha nature is the great Tao that pervades the universe and we are one with it.

Read the Lotus Sutra to really begin to know the true self….

Chant NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO and be happy and enlightened….

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  • This is one of the perhaps half-dozen reasons why I was initially drawn to the religious traditions of what can generally be called “the East.”

    I don’t think that either the Buddha-nature OR the nature of the sinner is inherent in me. To say so would ring of a Platonic essentialism that doesn’t seem right for some reason.

    I am a God. And I am a sinner.

    Wrestling with this paradox is part of what it means to be human.

    -John

  • If you told me all that, I’d ask you to untie me, because tying me up at gunpoint is the only way you’d get me to stick around long enough to hear your religious rant. That applies to ANY and ALL religion, not just yours. In other words, I’m not interested. Capisce?

  • People are prone to keep thinking whatever they have been thinking. If I thought I was a born sinner, I doubt there’s anything you could tell me on Yahoo! answers that would change my mind. Same if I thought I was born with a Buddha nature.

    I have done a lot of study into ecstatic states of consciousness. Your chanting method is what D’Aquisto and Newberg would call “bottom-up”, it involves keeping the body and mind calm and still until the level of endorphins peaks–and then the adrenals flood to the same level, so that you’re loaded with both the feel-good and the feel-active hormones. The other method, “top-down” involves peaking the adrenals first through exhaustive activity–vigorous dance, long-distance running, etc.–after which the endorphins flood up to the peak levels.

    There is a method that D’Aquisto et al don’t seem to know about, which Gabrielle Roth has described in her books. You might want to explore that, it would be consistent with your faith and more efficient that chanting a mantra for hours on end.

  • To be honest, I wouldn’t really take notice of it. Not to be rude to your religion, and if I am, I apologize, but it makes a lot more sense to see ourself as sinners more than something that can be ‘divine’. We don’t know a lot of things, and also, no man has much wisdom at all, at least in my ideas.

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