By Alom Shaha
Turning out to be up in a strict Muslim neighborhood in south-east London, Alom Shaha learnt that faith used to be to not be puzzled. Reciting the Qur'an with out realizing what it intended was once easily part of lifestyles; so, too, used to be obeying the imam and enduring beatings while he did not attend the neighborhood mosque. yet Alom used to be extra interested in technological know-how and its energy to light up. As an adolescent, he lived among worlds: the house managed through his authoritarian father, and a college alive with books and ideas. In a captivating combination of memoir, philosophy and technology, Alom explores the questions about religion and the afterlife that all of us consider. this can be a publication for an individual who wonders what they need to think and the way they need to reside. It's if you may have the proof and the tips, in addition to the braveness, to wreck unfastened from inherited ideals. during this robust narrative, Alom exhibits that it's attainable to dwell a compassionate, enjoyable and significant existence with out God.
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Don't belittle them. * 20 THE BLUE CLIFF RECORD For twenty years I have suffered bitterly; **This is your own fall into the weeds it's none of my business. * How many times I have gone down into the Blue Dragon's cave for you! **How was it worth this� Don't misuse your mind. * This distress **He saddens people to death. * Is worth recounting; **To whom would you speak of it? * Clear-eyed patchrobed monks should not take it lightly. **You must be even more thoroughgoing. Bah! * COMMENTARY When (the Sung Emperor) Shen Tsung was on the throne (1068-1085) he thought that this verse ridiculed the state, so he wouldn't let it be included in the (Buddhist) canon.
What does he 'see,' what is his sphere or state of realization), and what the person in that 'realm' is like. When Ch'an students experienced purity or bliss, or perceived Buddhas and bodhisattvas in their meditations, they were told these were merely ching, mental objects or 'states' which should not be acknowledged as desirable or approved as real attainments, lest one become intoxicated by one's state. Similarly, all kinds of hallucinations were called mo ching or 'demon states,' illusory objects or perceptions caused by 'demons' or 'devils' (whether these are inside or outside the mind is a pointless question here), obstructing the path of meditation.
What place is this here, to speak of difficulty or ease�* Picking and choosing� Clarity� You see for yourself! **Blind! " He raises one corner, but 14 THE BLUE CLIFF RECORD doesn't come back with the other three; when Hsueh Tau says, "In one there are many kinds; in two there's no duality," this is like three comers returning to one. But tell me, where is it that words are to the point, and speech is to the point? In one, why are nevertheless many kinds, yet in two there is no duality? If you don't have eyes, where will you seek?