Perhaps Chris is trying to say that "our sufferings are often caused
by having expectations of others, while babies do not." Our job in
this life is to practice Six Act of Perfection without expectation.
Be Enlightened In This Life - We ALL Can
On 11/25/2010 7:11 AM, ChrisAustinLane wrote:
Babies do not split life into self and other.
Also they do not get distracted by abstract worries. They are fully
present in the moment. They are not much concerned with stuff outside
of their own internal needs, but that is appropriate.
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On Nov 24, 2010, at 17:33, "ED" <seacrofter...@yahoo.com
The way in which babies normally and naturally behave is to be
obsessed with 'I/me/mine' (it's ego), with no regard whatsoever for
the needs of its mother or anyone else - and without which attitude
it would not survive.
In short, if babies had no egos, the only babies who survived for
more than a few days would be 'buddhas' - and the population of human
buddhas on this earth would be nil.
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"Lana M. Gibbons" <lana.m.gibb...@...> wrote:
> No, Thank You. I already have much of the infant's mentality, the
> duality, the awareness, the "no-mind" - to discard all of what I have
> "learned" so far would be to discard my true self.
> The typical five year old has many concepts and ideas, they are
> materialistic, extreme in their sense of duality, some even expect
> serve them - that is nothing I strive towards being.
> If all children naturally developed as Buddhas, there would be no
> Buddhism to exist.