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Buddhism with an Attitude: The Tibetan Seven-Point Mind by B. Alan Wallace

By B. Alan Wallace

During this publication the writer explains a basic form of psychological education referred to as lojong, which could actually be translated as attitudinal education.

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A buddha, one who is perfectly spiritually awakened, has gone a further step. A buddha has no mental suffering of his or her own, but is vividly and non-dually aware of the suffering of others. Superficially, the arhat who is free from mental suffering can seem to us who lack this realization as numb and detached, in a state of existential anesthesia. A buddha, one who is fully awakened, presents the paradox of being free from suffering and also non-dually present with other people's joys and sorrows, hopes and fears.

If spiritual practice has continuity and coherence, if greater kindness, wisdom, and balance have developed and the various afflictive tendencies have declined, then these qualities are embedded in the mind-stream. Even if you don't become enlightened in this lifetime, if you practice Dharma diligently, because of the nature of actions and their consequences, you will be able to pick up where you left off in the next lifetime. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, reincarnations of exceptionally mature practitioners are sometimes identified in childhood.

If we are totally convinced that no one else has discovered what we want to know, then we have no one to rely but ourselves. But what are our grounds for being so certain that no one else knows about what we are after? If we are to be skeptical, surely we should start by being skeptical about how much we know about how much everyone else knows! If I'm really agnostic, I have to start with the premise that I don't know whether you might have made important discoveries that I have not. Likewise, just because our Western civilization is ignorant in some respects, it would be silly to assume that no other civilization has made important discoveries where we have not.

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