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INTENSITY OF EMOTION TIED TO PERCEPTION AND THINKING
05-23-2017, 04:14 AM
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RE: INTENSITY OF EMOTION TIED TO PERCEPTION AND THINKING
(05-23-2017 04:04 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote:  I think buddhists who see the world as illusory would be less likely to help people as they "have seen through it all"

Christians who believe good works will get them into heaven, are more likely to engage in good works to avoid too much time in limbo

But you can see that the Christians in your example are helping for completely selfish reasons.

Jesus also taught followers to see the world as illusory, much like the Buddhists do.

From my perspective, and I can only speak from that, is that not stopping to help someone because you "have seen through it all" is an example of what the Buddha called "Wrong View".

Even though an illusion, it's important to respond wisely, selflessly, and compassionately to that illusion.

Otherwise, one is showing a sense of separateness.
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05-23-2017, 04:16 AM
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RE: INTENSITY OF EMOTION TIED TO PERCEPTION AND THINKING
yes the reasons are often selfish. the highest form of selflessness is one that is not unconsciously tied to some reward either physical or mental
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05-23-2017, 04:17 AM
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RE: INTENSITY OF EMOTION TIED TO PERCEPTION AND THINKING
A sense of separateness is obvious in both cases.

In one case, there is an "I" who must do good deeds in order to win God's favor.

In the other, there is an "I" who has "seen through the illusion" and, therefore, doesn't need to help anybody.

Again, I would call both "Wrong View".
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05-23-2017, 04:21 AM
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RE: INTENSITY OF EMOTION TIED TO PERCEPTION AND THINKING
(05-23-2017 04:16 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote:  yes the reasons are often selfish. the highest form of selflessness is one that is not unconsciously tied to some reward either physical or mental

As the sense of "I" is removed, the natural instinct should be to stop and help.

This is what I would refer to as selflessness.
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