Sunday, December 23, 2007


Maybe I should see the buddhist precepts of living not as rules, but traffic signs. As I undestand there is no Hell as a physical place or punishment for bad actions in Zen. Hell, in Zen, is a state of being, again, as I undestand. Therefore, if I find myself breaking a precept, it doesn't mean that I am going to be punished by God or whatever. It just means that I am living in Hell already. If I find myself lying, stealing, being violent, intoxicating myself or sexually abusing somebody, it just means that I am acting guided by fear, greed, hate or ignorance. If living that is not living in Hell in itself, I don't know what else could be.

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