DP, I think the concept of mind is the basis of Buddhism. From my perspective in practise, the mind is key to ultimate nirvana and the obstruction to getting there. It is the cause of our suffering and the only way to relieve that suffering. It is the reason we seek out religions to answer our questions of who we are, and the reason we still doubt no matter how much we want to believe. Through our mind we will find our Ultimate Widom, but we have to dissolve our ego and attachments, everything we have learned to distinguish us as individuals, and of those things the mind doesn't easily let go!
Master Bill is right, this is the Zen Forum. And Buddhism can be separate from zen, that is up for discussion. Many things can be related to zen. If you would like to discuss your views on religion with compassionate individuals, I'm sure you can find a friendly place here. And we'll find a way to relate them to zen. Thank you DP, and thank you Master Bill, it's good to be back. Chris D --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "DP" <wookielife...@...> wrote: > > Part of my fear of death is not so much of death but of senility or loss of > memory. In western terms, that's what I think of as mind. But I have to > admit, I dont know if I fully understand the Buddhist concept of mind. Can > anybody help with this? > ------------------------------------ Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today!Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: zen_forum-dig...@yahoogroups.com zen_forum-fullfeatu...@yahoogroups.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: zen_forum-unsubscr...@yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/