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  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran
    edited August 20

    Nice post @Shoshin - have had similar experiences recently in meditation. The thoughts are still popping up but not able to pull me away from the object of meditation....it's a nice experience and place to get to.

    lobsterShoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    The other evening my head was in the clouds, as I watched the shapeshifters work their magic .....

    silverlobsterBunks
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Apparantly on insighttimer.com @DhammaDragon likes me even though 'I don't like her' - que?

    Ay caramba. Where do people get these ideas? :3 Must be my behavour. Must behave! So far (almost five seconds), so good. o:)

    Meanwhile ... time for more good behavour ... doing good here ... Anyone else not liked? Not by me ... I even like pet trolls ... ;)

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Ok, here's an irritating thing:
    Last weekend, I needed a prescription for antibiotics (I had developed a gum abscess on the last day of my holiday) and - long story short - I picked up the prescription, together with some recommended painkillers. The Pharmacist rang up the total. Just the painkillers. "Er...." I said, "I... don't...think so...." "Why?" she asked. "Because I also have the prescription to pay for..." "Oh no, you're over 60. It's free now." Hit me like a bucket of cold water. I'm not 60. I'm still 20 (in my head)!!

    Then my mother said - "You can apply for a free bus pass too!" "No, I don't think so," I replied, "I have to wait until retirement age..." She thought not. So we checked it out online (Good ol' God Google) and yes, I could apply for a Free Bus Pass as a 60-year-old.
    If I lived in Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
    England is the only place in the UK quartet where I have to wait until 2023. Thanks, Government. that's a real Bitchy thing to do. Bass Turds.

  • Much Metta to you my lovely friend. ❤❤❤
    @DhammaDragon

    DhammaDragon
  • TravellerTraveller East Midlands UK Veteran

    Hey @DhammaDragon good to see you again.

    DhammaDragonHozanlobster
  • @lobster: yes, you don't like me

    Ay caramba. Que?

    No. I like you nuttiness and all.
    Someone says or does something and we jump to conclusions about them. LOL.

    I must be nutty. B) ... and now back to the randomly, useless ...

    DhammaDragon
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited September 18

    I am clearly too stupid to advise a chicken on road crossing ... :3

    Yesterday through no fault of the Buddha, we went supermarket shopping and ended up at the auto cash-out/self service till (no other sort). Now I have used this before but needed to call an assistant (one left in exasperation for a tea break) at least seven times. Even the security guard was more helpful than the robot-till. It did not register items. Refused to accept money, unless presented in a mysterious way. Did not like that we brought our own shopping bags or treated the mindless machine like it was there to help us.

    Is this what the hell realms are really like? O.o

    It was chaos and exhausting. Fortunately we are rewarded with food ... :)

    BunksHozan
  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    Apparently the Rapture is happening 23rd September. Thought you would want to know.

    https://www.indy100.com/article/world-ends-september-23-the-rapture-bible-passage-star-alignment-antichrist-7949156

    Bunks
  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    @Kerome said:
    Apparently the Rapture is happening 23rd September. Thought you would want to know.

    https://www.indy100.com/article/world-ends-september-23-the-rapture-bible-passage-star-alignment-antichrist-7949156

    Should I cancel my holiday then? :p

    Hozan
  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran
    edited September 18

    @lobster said:> It was chaos and exhausting. Fortunately we are rewarded with food ... :)

    Did you lose your cool and thrash the machine with a tree branch, like Basil Fawlty with his broken-down car in "Fawlty Towers?" :p

    lobsterHozan
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @SpinyNorman said: Should I cancel my holiday then? :p

    No, but Insurance is always advisable...

    @SpinyNorman said:

    @lobster said:> It was chaos and exhausting. Fortunately we are rewarded with food ... :)

    Did you lose your cool and thrash the machine with a tree branch, like Basil Fawlty with his broken-down car in "Fawlty Towers?" :p

    Now that, I would have killed, to have seen...!

    Hozan
  • For those unfamiliar with the angry Basil Fawlty ...

    I may write to Lidl Supermarkets and ask if corporal punishment for these frustrating machines is permissable ;)

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    It's not.
    I've already tried it.

    My case comes up next Wednesday, but I have a good lawyer.

    I think the Judge will be sympathetic, too.....

    lobster
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited September 18

    Could be worse....

    lobsterWalker
  • AI expectations have a lot to answer for ... thanks everyone ...

    Being polite to machines, even though lifeless programmed pseudo-beings, is good practice.

    Be kind to your toaster, with the rise of iot (Internet of Things) Things may become part of our Boddhisatva vow:

    I vow to save all sentient beings, every blade of grass
    and then start on the insentients.

    https://villagezendo.org/practice/suggested-readings/the-bodhisattvas-four-methods-of-guidance/

    Ay caramba!

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    I've had an interesting day today...My landlord/neighbour arrived back from Europe this morning, he brought back a package for me from one of my sons who lives in Hungary (my neighbour was born in Hungary, but his parents came to NZ when he was two)...However in the package were things from my son and his Hungarian girlfriend's trip to India (they were in India earlier this year, an Indian friend of theirs was getting married...big "Hindu" wedding with all the traditional trimmings, outfits etc, it went on for days) Assam teas (the wedding was in Assam) a kurta, a packet of dried green peas, and some mouth freshener seeds, plus a meditation pillow

    at first I thought "It's quite flat so how am I going to sit on it"...then I read the back of the package..

    So I'm going to use it for this afternoon's meditation :)

    silverlobsterKannonBunks
  • Wow @Shoshin a cushion that sits on us. I knew I was doing it wrong ;)

    How wonderful.

    ShoshinKannonBunks
  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    About the statue @shoshin ... his hara seems to be missing, perhaps it's an allegorical warning against over-meditating.

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    It has a strong wonderful aroma which definitely keeps the mind alert ... :) It clears the nose and soothes the mind...

    Bunkslobster
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited September 20

    @Kerome said:
    About the statue @shoshin ... his hara seems to be missing, perhaps it's an allegorical warning against over-meditating.

    That's interesting @Kerome , when I first saw it, it struck me as having some kind of Zen meaning to it...

    An interesting article about "Hara Development"

    "Hara is a Japanese word that has no equivalent in English. While it literally refers to the lower abdomen, the term also has psychological and spiritual connotations in Japanese language and culture. In fact, hara can be seen as the unification of a person’s physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions.

    Hara is critical to the Chozen-ji lineage of Rinzai Zen training. The development of hara is emphasized in all of our practices, zazen (“Zen meditation”), martial arts and fine arts. From our perspective, there is no Zen without hara."

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    It's Spring and mum's just taking the kids for a walk ...

    silver
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Well today's the BIG day of the NZ/Aotearoa elections ....

    "Over the years, a number of "third parties" or so-called "minor parties" developed, notably the Social Credit Party, the New Zealand Party, the Values Party, and the Alliance. However, the "first past the post" electoral system meant that regardless of how many votes a party gained nationwide, it could not win a seat without a plurality in a particular electorate (voting district). Under such conditions, these parties mostly performed poorly in terms of making an impact in Parliament.

    With the introduction of the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system for the 1996 elections, however, it became much easier for smaller parties to enter parliament; but more difficult to gain election as a non-party independent. Since the change to MMP, about one third of the seats in Parliament have been held by MPs representing parties other than Labour and National. In the years before MMP, by contrast, there were sometimes no such MPs at all"

    Labour and National are the big guns in NZ politricks then we have the government make or breakers parties Greens, NZ First, Maori Party, United Future and Act...There are other smaller parties but these are the so-called important ones
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_New_Zealand
    Jacinda Ardern new leader of Labour (Openly Agnostic and humanistic)

    Bill (been around the block a few times) English thrown in the deep end National leader 'when John Key resigned at the beginning of the year' ( Conservative Catholic ..I can't think of much else to say...I guess this says it all)

    James Shaw Green Party leader (Down to Earth Mother Nature lover and humanistic)

    Change is inevitable ...Suffering is optional

    My party vote was Labour (I've met Jacinda on a number of occasions ad like her down to earth approach-she used to use the office where I work to hold interviews when she was a candidate representing Auckland central- the island comes under Auckland central ) and candidate vote Greens ...They I feel make a happy couple...

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited September 23

    Word of the Day:

    COURTYARD.

    The words, 'Court', 'Girdle' 'Yard' and 'Garden' all ooriginate from the West Germanic/Ancient English root word "Gerd".

    It means to enclose, enwrap, cloister, and shelter.

    Here endeth today's 'Word of the Day'.

    Thank you

    Vastmind
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited September 26

    Well I had to go into the city today to renew my Aussie passport...The Oz consulate is in a flash new building down by the water front..Their office was on the 7th floor...I go up the escalators to the level where the lifts are, and "SHOCK HORROR!!!" I can't find the buttons to call the lift...As I'm standing there looking confused, a lady come up and shows me where I have to call the lift from, a panel located in the hallway at the top of the escalators (I had walked past it)...

    Well I get into the lift and I'm transported to the 7th floor and on stepping out a security guard approaches me and ask what I'm here for, I give him my name and say passport renewal...He lets me in and then I'm put through a metal detector and bag check...( I never had to go through this 10 years ago :) )

    On the island where I live we don't have high rise buildings with lifts (well apart the Red Cross building which is a two story building, they have a disability lift and one in the new supermarket which is used for trolleys and people with full, heavy trolleys who find it hard to walk down the ramp to the car park..).

    Anyhow today's lift experience reminded me of this ...

    lobsterVastmindKerome
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Seen yesterday on Facebook:
    "I am a stickler for Grammar, and I selflessly dedicate my time and serious effort in correcting those who obviously have no knowledge of the subject, have no spellchecker, and cannot be asked to at least concern themselves that what they have written is at least permissible. It's something I do in service of Mankind, and to keep the language pure, unsullied and readable. However, yesterday, I was attacked by a thoroughly ungrateful and rude individual, who berated my expertise and admonished me for my generous efforts.
    Sometimes, to correct others is gratifying and very satisfying, but most of the time, I just feel exactly as Robin Hood must have felt when he jousted against those windmills."

    It tickled me.....

    lobsterVastmind
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Blimey that was quick...a courier has just delivered my new Aussie passport ...I only took the application in last Tuesday morning at 10.30am,..it's now Monday morning 10.18am...

    Mind you the very first Aussie passport I got (back in the mid seventies in Sydney) only took 2 hours from start(filling out the application then going out for a cup of tea) to finish ( returning to the office to pick it up)

    The staff in the Australian passport department must know I'm a VIP ... (Very Impatient Person) :winky:

    Vastmind
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Shoshin said:
    Blimey that was quick...a courier has just delivered my new Aussie passport ...I only took the application in last Tuesday morning at 10.30am,..it's now Monday morning 10.18am...

    Mind you the very first Aussie passport I got (back in the mid seventies in Sydney) only took 2 hours from start(filling out the application then going out for a cup of tea) to finish ( returning to the office to pick it up)

    The staff in the Australian passport department must know I'm a VIP ... (Very Impatient Person) :winky:

    Nice one!

    I recall being shocked at the speed of bureaucracy in NZ when I lived there.

    Walked in to a bank and came out fifteen minutes later with a bank account, an eftpos card and the PIN for it! In Australia, the US or UK this whole process would take a week or two.

    My ex-wife called up the IRD(?) to change her surname with the expectation that she'd need to send in a marriage certificate to prove it but no, they just updated it over the phone!

    Shoshin
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited October 5

    Just realised the two uncomfortable 'meditation cushions' I recently bought are door stops. :anguished:

    I am gonna find a rock ... :grin:

    Bunks
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited October 7

    This just cost me an arm and a leg ($5. 20c NZD ) ... so goodbye meditation and Dharma practice and Hello instant awakening....... this had better bloody work or "I" will have the company for false advertising :winky: :lol:

    lobsterBunksKerome
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Let us know how it went, oh Wise and Holy one.... ;)

    Shoshinlobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Just bought a cheap action cam. My idea of action is listening to autumn leaves crunch, whilst walking through woodland.

    Unfortunately whilst filming, I came across someones misplaced mobile phone and now have the dubious honour of returning it. Too much action before breakfast ... I may need an awaken bar ...

    ShoshinBunks
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Well I've just eaten the "Awaken" bar and....

    Oh well....


    :) :)

  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    @Shoshin said:
    This just cost me an arm and a leg ($5. 20c NZD ) ... so goodbye meditation and Dharma practice and Hello instant awakening.......

    I knew it sounded too good to be true... awakening sold in crunchy bar form.

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    They make em tough in Oz :)
    "The Shark Wrangler"

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited October 11

    I honestly was expecting a diver confronting a 20ft great white. Call that a wrangle...? I've seen puppies getting down on it better!! :lol:

  • There I was searching for garudas, nagas and the Surrey Puma ;) ... when who should I come across ... a white squirrel ...
    Beautiful ...

    UkjunglistKeromeShoshin
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    That's my local Italian legumes & Pulses vendor, Al Beano....

    Bunkslobster
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    After meditation this morning I looked up into a tree
    And there was a Tui staring down at me....

    Then the other day I was walking around
    I spied another Tui much closer to the ground

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    This is the Tui I generally spotted in my time in NZ....... ;)

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @Bunks .... Do you remember the

    Ads

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    On the way home the other day I came across a mother duck taking two of her ducklings for a swim in a storm water drain...I thought how cute...and the ducklings seem to be having a ducking awesome time :)

  • @federica is right the squirrel was an Albino. Quite rare, apparently more common is a genetic mutation that allows white squirrel families.

    Anyways I bought a new bridge camera to photograph devas, rainbow bodies, mutant wildlife etc. Went to my local London graveyard to try out the settings. Very surprised to photograph a pheasant. Yum ... I mean beautiful bird ... :3

    ShoshinBunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Shoshin said:
    @Bunks .... Do you remember the

    Ads

    I do @Shoshin

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @Bunks said:

    @Shoshin said:
    @Bunks .... Do you remember the

    Ads

    I do @Shoshin

    Yeah right .... :wink:

  • Here is another food item :3 sentient being, I photographed in London a few hours ago (Richmond Park). I called him Gandalf, as he was hanging out with his mates blocking my path - 'None shall pass'. Had to go back and around. Deer have priority in Royal Parks ... B)

    silver
  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    The photos are from stories online about the Northern California fires:

    The first one is about a woman who was trying to get her horses to safety, but her trailer only held two so she put the third one in HER CAR. (She said her car will never smell the same again.)

    The second picture is self-explanatory.

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I still hate facebook.

    That's all.
    Thanks.

    lobstersilverHozan
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