Monday 15 January 2018


"Samsara is a process of creating places. Nirvana is the end of this process."

Jesus said that 'Heaven' is within you.

In Buddhism, the rough equivalent of 'Heaven' is 'Nirvana'.

(In Buddhism, the 'opposite' of Nirvana is 'Samsara', a world which can involve suffering.)

The Buddhist scholar Thanissaro Bhikkhu says:

"Neither Samsara nor Nirvana is a place.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Buddhist scholar Thanissaro Bhikkhu says:

"Samsara is a process of creating places, even whole worlds, (this is called becoming) and then wandering through them (this is called birth). 

"Nirvana is the end of this process."

Nirvana / "Samsara" / Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Buddhist scholar Thanissaro Bhikkhu says:

"If samsara were a place, it might seem selfish for one person to look for an escape, leaving others behind.

"But when you realize that it's a process, there's nothing selfish about stopping it at all.

"It's like giving up an addiction or an abusive habit.

The Buddhist scholar Thanissaro Bhikkhu says:

"When you learn the skills needed to stop creating your own worlds of suffering, you can share those skills with others so that they can stop creating theirs.

"At the same time, you'll never have to feed off the worlds of others, so to that extent you're lightening their load as well."

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Buddha taught that what we think of as our permanent 'self' is not permanent.

Our 'self' is being continually regenerated based on prior conditions and choices.

We are 'reborn' psychologically many times within our lives.


Nirvana is said to involve "peace, deep spiritual joy, compassion, and a refined and subtle awareness."

The Meaning of Nirvana

"Nirvana is beyond space, time, and definition, and so language is by definition inadequate to discuss it. 

"It can only be experienced."


"Samsara literally means 'wandering-on.'

"It's a process: the tendency to keep creating worlds and then moving into them...

"As one world falls apart, you create another one and go there...

"At the same time, you bump into other people who are creating their own worlds, too...

"It would be perfectly innocuous if it didn't entail so much suffering...

"In addition to creating suffering for ourselves, the worlds we create feed off the worlds of others, just as theirs feed off ours."

Thanissaro Bhikkhu


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At 15 January 2018 at 11:51 , Blogger Mark Jesus said...

Like a barking dog, here's a ball, me. Not to comment and would, but... is caring in ways shouldn't. Do far too much of that. Samsara is a powerful read. Sure must do much much and many, better health. Only Jesus-difference is doing this alone? With whatever is us and the universe -or- God present and purpose-full loving and on and on? While understand, Jesus here and now, seems potential fake news. Images portrayed, assumptions believed. And as for witness, can be a wreck myself, so can hardly talk. Yet, the Gospel a challenge or better-seen progression. Buddhism is the no-surprise, most popular guide on the journey in the West. Aside from a version that gets fundamentalist-Christian-like, seems genuine fruit of honest contemplation. Will someone on the mat and quiet remain open? Seems to me the height of the teaching: Open in go with exploring and all-good flowing. Reading 50's hip-yanks trying it, there's the argument, it's somewhat socio-cultural and all attempts to migrate... well different. Buddhism makes massive most sense. Jesus looks a competitor rather a friend. Jesus a friend. This and attitude. Deep to you.

At 27 January 2018 at 17:31 , Blogger Mark Jesus said...

soon come comment blessing loverly: X


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