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My other practice ...

lobsterlobster Veteran
edited July 4 in Buddhism Basics

Dear Friends,

As we know theoretical dharma will take us

nowhere in practice until practiced. :p

The teaching that most dharma has is the importance of regular meditation. I say regular because irregular is unskilful, lazy and unfocussed. Who guessed? o:)

However some new Buddhists may be at the study/interest/preliminary stage. They may find chanting, walking around in cycles, Practicing virtue, ethics, sila, precepts, basic goodness sufficient. <3

I would suggest that more is required for us cushion squatters too ...
My other practice is ... well being ... B)

Here is the Shaolin/Batman practice ... :o

What more do we do?

kandoperson

Comments

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    Are they wearing woolly slippers as replacements for the cushion? It does seem like an odd pose to meditate in...

  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Explorer

    My other practice is a Porsche.

    lobsteryagrpersonShoshin
  • kandokando northern Ireland Veteran

    Hey, they're just hanging out :)

    Shoshin
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Many moons ago actor, goon and Freemason Peter Sellers considered himself a yogi because he 'meditated' in the headstand. This was not uncommon.

    My other practice at the moment is yoga but I add in tai chi and artial arts exercise as I see fit.

    Be patient when learning to meditate. It will take many sessions before you are able to control your thoughts. O.o
    https://www.livestrong.com/article/498308-how-to-begin-shaolin-meditation/

    Boddhidharma Save Us! :pleased:
    https://flowingzen.com/1555/the-man-who-made-shaolin/

  • kandokando northern Ireland Veteran

    Health, clarity, and the ability to kick someone's internal organs into hash are obviously vital skills :o I'm screwed.

    lobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    I'm screwed.

    That is probably a better daily exercise B) o:) <3
    Keep up the good work.

    Shoshinkando
  • ScottPenScottPen Maryland Veteran
    edited July 6

    I dunno about martial arts, but I am trying to master marital arts. Or is it partial arts? My wife probably thinks so.

  • kandokando northern Ireland Veteran

    Compared to marriage hanging upside down from a pole by your toes is EASY >:) One of my favorite Rita Rudner jokes "men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry"

  • paulysopaulyso usa Veteran

    that shit looks hard.mind over matter? mad respect to shaolin

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited July 7

    Hmm just a thought

    If one thinks about it (pun intended= thinking =movement confined to the brain) the mind over matter thing is interesting... ... all that we do is mind over matter ( try doing something physically or mentally without mind's involvement) but for the most part we are unaware of this simple truth...

    However through meditation we train the mind to change the matter and in doing so the changed matter then starts to change/train the mind...

    Ah this psycho-physical phenomenon call the self is an amazing piece of cosmic equipment....To be handled with care :)

    paulysolobster
  • paulysopaulyso usa Veteran

    shoshin,grooovy thought.i love it.and that bundle of energy is magnificent .you know me,i like art ,is natural like fart.just being silly. my brain is lit,the usual suspect,coffee,smokes and suugar.

    Shoshin
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @paulyso said:
    mad respect to shaolin

    <3 Indeed. They emphasised and developed what was a corrective to weak wooly sangha of the time and became the superheroes of Chinese Buddhism ...

    However ... the neo-buddhists of the developing Western Dharma are a new breed of extremist. At the moment quite often, alien culture and outmoded 'truths' are being recombined and experimented with until the fourth jewel, Western Maitreya flowers ...

    Many extreme and deserving of 'mad respect' teachings exist. For example:

    • the puritanical Zen, that also flowed from Bodhi dharma
    • the vajrayana that flowed from the insane imagination of witches and worlocks
    • and cloistered hermits of many persuasions ...

    Somewhere in this flux that @Shoshin illustrates so well, we take refuge in three diamonds:

    Ye olde Buddha
    Ye olde Dharma
    Yo Sangha

    VimalajātiShoshin
  • paulysopaulyso usa Veteran

    lobster thank you.you are a wealth of information.

    maitre -yay flowers in the west sounds promising and beautifull. we waite and see how it blooms .as the saying goes,beauttiful in its own time.

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