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To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.zen,alt.philosophy.zen,talk.religion.buddhism
From: "Ned Ludd" 
Subject: the good law (was: Natural Time, Ages, Maya, Buddhist (was 500-Year Buddha Cycles?))
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 10:48:25 -0500

!  wrote in message news:9lieu9$epp@bolt.sonic.net...

Ned:
| According to the footnote on pg. 116 of "Buddhist Mahayana Texts":
| "It is stated in the fifty-first section of the Mahasannipata-sutra,
| that Buddha said: "After my Nirvana, in the first 500 years, all the
| Bhikshus and others will be strong in deliberation in my correct Law.
| (Those who first obtain the 'holy fruit' i.e. the Srota-apannas, are
| called those who have obtained deliberation.)  In the next or second
| 500 years, they will be strong in meditation.  In the next or third
| 500 years, they will be strong in 'much learning,' i.e. bahusruta,
| religious knowledge.  In the next or fourth 500 years, they will be
| strong in founding monasteries, etc.  In the last or fifth 500 years,
| they will be strong in fighting and reproving.  The pure (lit. white)
| Law will then become invisible."
|   If we take Buddha's death year as 483 B.C. then:
|                   483 BC + 2500 = 2017 AD

!:
> of what character is pure/white Law?
>

  Oh, lots can be said about it:

- within the good law, there are no thoughts of self, no thoughts
of being, no thoughts of soul, no thoughts of person; nor thoughts
things as having qualities or not having qualities.

- the good law is like a raft - as you must give up qualities,
so you must also give up no qualities.

- within this good law, there is no greatest wisdom, nor any fixed
law, because the truth is not containable, and not expressible.

- within this law, there is no gain of merit (because gaining merit
is no gain of merit, thus there is merit).

- within this law, there is no thought of purity, because if one
were to dwell in purity then it could no longer be said that one
dwells nowhere.

- nothing is attained with the attainment of this good law.

- within this law, your mind dwells nowhere, a mind unsupported by
sensations, and unsupported by things.

- the good law is neither true nor false.  Without it, you are
groping in the dark; but with it, everything becomes clear.

- The good law is unknowable. It is known by all, yet no one knows it.

- Knowing this law you are humbled, and being humbled you know this
law.

- The good law is unknowable; likewise, its effects are unknowable.

- within the good law, there is no law to teach, because this would
be trying to grasp what is not there.

- within this law, there is nothing to learn.  The good law means not
learning the least part of a thing.

- within this good law, everything is equal, nothing is different.
All are equally without self.  Everything is included.

- within this good law, there is no one to save, because if there
were anyone to save, there would be a self.

- Do not think that Buddha knows the good law.  Buddha knows no good
law.

- Do not say the good law means there are no laws, or nothing exists.
This law does not affirm, and does not deny.

- within this law, there is no gain of merit (because no merit is
desired, thus no merit is gained).

- within the good law, things should be viewed without any idea of
what they are.

                                                        Ned





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