Some of his comments are quite mistaken and misleading, though. So you have to be a little careful reading his posts. For example, this passage:
Originally Posted by Kanzeon
The car, the parking space, and everything else that is manifested, except the manifestion of selflessness or lack of desire, is what is known as attachment in Buddhism. Manifesting anything other than enlightenment is ignorance in Buddhism.
A car is not "attachment in Buddhism".
A parking space is not "attachment in Buddhism".
What attachment is in Buddhism is something that you can easily find out, by reading any book on Buddhism. Or maybe you could simply just type
attachment" and "Buddhism" into Google, and get the explanation from a Buddhist website.
Or you could just read my points.
1. In Buddhism, life implies dukkha, most commonly translated as the word "suffering" (although dukkha's meaning is actually more subtle than the ordinary English meaning of "suffering").
2. Suffering (or dukkha) occurs, because:
(a) nothing is permanent;
(b) nothing inherently exists;
(c) we normally do not realise this; AND
(d) therefore we tend to attach
to things, (or our ideas of what they are), as if they were permanent and inherently existed.
Then when they fall away, we suffer.
3. Eg suppose you have a house; a good friend; a piece of art; a lovely mother, and you attach to all of these. Then one day, your house collapses, your friend moves away; your piece of art is stolen; and your mother dies. And you suffer, because you had attached
to house, friend, painting and mother, not understanding that none of them were permanent and none of them inherently existed anyway.
That's what attachment is, in Buddhism.
That is why, in an earlier post, I had said that Buddhism is indifferent about material wealth. What matters is your degree of attachment. It doesn't matter whether you are "rich" and live in a palace, or you are "poor" and live in a "hut". A poor man could attach to his "hut" as much as a rich man attaches to his palace.
Now how do we explain the above, in LOA terms? Quite simply - as follows.
1. Things truly do not inherently exist. That actually explains why LOA works. It's all an illusion generated by the mind. That's why you can succeed in creating all sorts of amazing results and consequences just by changing your thoughts.
2. None of these things you create can be permanent. Why? Well, if your thoughts create your reality, and your thoughts are always changing, always in flux, then how can your reality ever stop changing? Since your entire reality is always changing, NOTHING in it can be permanent.
3. Does the use of the LOA therefore doom us to endless suffering? No, of course not. But don't take it from me. Take it from a much wiser person than myself - here's Eckhart Tolle in "The Power of Now". Mind you - he is not
known as a LOA teacher generally, but these particular words are relevant:
"It is simply recognising the nature of things, so that you don't pursue an illusion for the rest of your life. Nor is it saying that you should no longer appreciate pleasant or beautiful things or conditions. But to seek something through them that they cannot give - an identity, a sense of permanency and fulfilment - is a recipe for frustration and suffering .... |
..... It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them - while they last. All those things, oif course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease."
I'm going to paraphrase the above, in simpler LOA terms. It goes like this:
Don't attach. Just manifest. When you detach from your intentions, they manifest much, much more easily, with no struggle and no effort on your part. Enjoy your creations, while they last, knowing that they will not last forever. And that's perfectly okay.