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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Attentiveness not Nihilism


Attentiveness is the path to true life;
Indifference is the path to death.
The attentive do not die;
The indifferent are as if they are dead already.

-Dhammapada

James's comment: Often Buddhism is seen as nihilism. However, I think that this quote from the Dhammapada helps show that it is not. It is rather non-attachment then nihilism. The middle way of neither attaching to or rejecting anything.

-Peace to all beings-

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5 comments:

Zen Unbound said...

James,

YES! This does, rather powerfully, contradict nihilism.

-- Tom

Shannin said...

I read and re-read this quote and find it has really hit a spot in me. Thanks.

"James" said...

Tom:

It is a powerful yet simple statement. Very inspirational and imformative.

Enjoy your breathing!

Shannin:

I happy that it has touched you so deeply. Peace be with you my dear friend.

Johnny Newt said...

If Buddhism is knowing everything is nothing.
It means anything is evrything.

"James" said...

Johnny Newt:

Well put.

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