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Re: realities

Posted by Mark H. on April 21, 2000, at 18:24:52

In reply to Re: realities , posted by Rebecca on April 21, 2000, at 17:28:20

The well-marked path of Buddhism suggests that killing yourself is not the way to get to that state of awareness and reality to which you refer. In fact, I'm told that it pretty well guarantees you won't even glimpse that state again for a long, long time. Darn.

Those who know say that it's right here anyway, that it's not somewhere else beyond this corporeal existence; that it doesn't exclude anything, including our depression and being stuck for awhile with a body. In fact, those who know say that this human life is the most favorable and precious opportunity a being can have to move toward realization, and that to waste it is a tragedy. Hmmmm... what if they're right?

I deeply long to be one with the all-that-is, whether I call it the nature of mind or God or the universe. I've experienced it for brief periods of time. If I thought I could get there by killing myself, I'd be out of here in an instant. But it doesn't seem to work that way.

So, I'd just like to encourage you to stick around and see how it goes, right up to your natural end. Your perception of the larger reality may be spot-on, but the conclusion you've drawn from it (that you might as well kill yourself) sounds like "depression thinking" to me.

Besides, if you died, Rebecca, you wouldn't get to play regulation Frisbee with your new-found friends at the Psycho-Babble annual picnic. ;-)

With warm regards,

Mark H.




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