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  • @Kerome said: Have you all reached a point where you had to commit to a school or even a specific teacher and say, "this is where I get my stuff?" And learn mostly from books and teaching sessions thereafter? It's challenging as I'm not s…
  • @Mingle said: Well I'd rather not care what people think. Feels needy. You don't sound so sure - keep exploring. It may not be so straightforward or rather you may find that you're pulling a thread that has a surprise in store... Somew…
    in Seeking Validation Comment by Zero May 2
  • @Mingle said: Is that something I can aim to change or is that just the human condition? Another form of desire. What do you find unsatisfactory about it that you want to change?
    in Seeking Validation Comment by Zero May 1
  • @ThomB said: One of our cats decided he needed to let me know he loved me. Particularly poignant that same cat has become critically ill and will not be around more than a few days. Somehow he knew that. This is an interruption as it …
  • @techie said: Physical pain indicates that there's something wrong with the body. Psychological pain indicates that there's something wrong with us - the ego. For it is the ego that gets hurt. In this context, isn't pain actu…
    in Pain, ego Comment by Zero April 21
  • @Tony1853 said: When one reaches Nirvana, what happens to that impersonal consciousness that will NOT arise again because it has been pulled free of samsara?? So if one reaches Nirvana in this lifetime, and then dies...what happens to thei…
  • @eggsavior said: As much as Buddhism has helped me there is something I've noticed that bugs me. The contexts surrounding his love and compassion are always universal. While this is great sentiment I sometimes wish for something more personal. I …
    in Buddha's Love Comment by Zero March 16
  • Thoughts come and go as passing waves - one rises and falls with them - observe this trend and maintain concentration - first stop swimming and allow yourself to relax into the rise and fall - then the analogy is to distance yourself from the result…
  • @JaySon said: I've decided I'm done with beliefs. I need hard evidence or unquestionable logic in order to determine whether anything in Buddhism is true or not. Karma and reincarnation... Can't confirm their existence. Also, you could arg…
    in Belief. Comment by Zero February 2
  • @Kerome said: It seems to me that Buddhism contains a lot of judgments. A right view, right speech, right livelihood... Compare that to for example the opening of the Xinxin Ming, the famous poem by the Third Patriarch of Chan Sengcan: …
  • @federica said: At the time, in the very embryonic stage of my exploring Buddhism, the idea both enthralled me, and made me cynical. Same here - must be an old soul thing...! [budge up in the naughty corner]
  • @Namada said: Are you an old soul? I find the concept unhelpful - it raises just more challenges - souls in packets, some created earlier
  • @eggsavior said: I've noticed myself getting depressed, thinking I, myself, am meaningless in this great chasm of space-time, or that all of humanity is meaningless. It also makes me anxious and worried about the wellbeing of future people. …
  • @David said: She doesn't notice anything except when I actually do get some solid rest and that's a bit of snoring. ...I could feel myself being suffocated... Challenging speculating but could be - it may result from shape of nose,…
  • @JaySon said: I feel like my life is a game of ping-pong in which the ball constantly goes back and forth between selfishness and altruism. Sense pleasures the selfish ping pong paddler craves. This is a different proposition to th…
  • @David said: ...I remember way too many dreams which makes it tough to get a good night's rest. Have you considered sleep apnoea? Something your partner may have more insight into as they may observe you sleeping - lack of oxygen can lead…
  • @JaySon said: I suppose I will get bitten soon then. As it stands I don't know how to relax and be at ease without at least some sense pleasures. This is the bite - having equated relaxation / ease with sense pleasure, one is requi…
  • @Deep said: I want to no longer feel the prick of the arrows that he sends me, but I want to see them flying through the air, and perhaps land at my feet... Is this too much to ask? I imagine irl, I would be frightened if I saw a hail of …
  • @NB1100 said: As far as I'm aware selling clothes or fashion is not wrong livelihood, but clothing can be casual, sexy, formal, etc. therefore can this be considered wrong livelihood because it is promoting sensuality? We'd be naked witho…
  • @Scalingsnake said: Hello everyone, this will be my first post on this forum! I am curious as to how you all maintain your practice in your daily lives. Do you have temples nearby? What are your recommendations for persons like myself who are …
  • That's horrendous - your bank should refund any withdrawals if it is fraud on your account - hope I turns out well
  • A successful merchant owned a parrot who he was immensely fond of, almost as much as his three daughters. His parrot he considered a friend such that he was placed in a gold cage at the centre of the mansion, fed the best food and lavished with kin…
  • It's a reflection of our nature and circumstance as well as a means of social control.
  • @raiw said: What is the connection between meditation and dreaming? Meditation is a technique that allows one to foster and maintain alertness. Lucid dreaming is being alert within an unconscious process. One way to reinforce the latt…
  • @lobster said: You assume that for something to be magickal a level of wonder, awe, superstition, spookiness need be present perhaps? Not so. Art is often magickal, people, nature, the sky, music etc, all magickal ... It's a label that…
    in Magick Comment by Zero November 2016
  • @lobster said: I believe in magick. It is around us all the time. What say you? Why make a label / feed the belief for something that functions well without it?
    in Magick Comment by Zero November 2016
  • @lobster said: For whatever reason some people are bad. Strange but true. Some are disruptive, deceiving or deeply self interested to the point of border criminality or worse. Good and bad are relative to whatever game and outcome th…
  • @Nehan said: How you guys deal with these people? In fairness, it's challenging enough just dealing with myself.
  • Wow - even Alaska isn't far enough to escape the cold call - you can try asking everyone who calls to remove you from their database - in the UK they should comply or can be fined - that said, I currently have an offer for an 8% return on my investm…
  • @newlotus said: I fear it may have been a mistake to post this. Brought a smile to my face - he's delicious - best of luck.
  • @karasti said: @Zero why cotton socks? They are about the least breathable socks there are compared to other options that will keep moisture away from the feet, both sweating and in weather. I am sure they are better than say, dress socks or pant…
  • Seek advice from your doctor. There are 2 systemic medications available that are usually administered orally - a typical course is around 6 months but it varies person to person and either way you should begin to see results after a few weeks - t…
  • @Bunks said: Can anyone suggest anything we can do in a practical sense to stop these innocent people (little bloody kids!) being killed? Nothing you can do - or perhaps rather, nothing you could do that would be palatable. Barrel bombs …
    in Aleppo Syria Comment by Zero August 2016
  • @SpinyNorman said: What do you make of this? Nonsense... how can this possibly assist their community - it just leads to further animosity - I'd probably think differently if they had a universal approach to all religious / religiously in…
  • @Bunks - I think if I were involved in this situation, I would wish to first see the totality of the evidence in the matter. In terms of a complaint, the account between the perpetrator and victim are sufficient in the absence of a denial of a part…
  • @lobster said: ... wait, you knowingly break precepts? In a fuzzy world, where absolutes are membership, then there are degrees of membership Will Robinson.
  • @Bunks said: The question was how do I answer her when she asks if I am pretending or not? I chuckle at people's unfunny jokes and they're adults - there's no harm in playing along with kids in a game.
  • @Mingle said: ...me deciding to grow my hair... Instead grow up. Hair or no hair, don't hold you back from just being yourself. Let it go.
  • In my experience, women have just as high a sex drive as men but this is neither constant nor set in stone for either sex at any particular time. A few more for the mix: Men's bits are accessible and relatively low maintenance - two basic function…
  • @Bunks said: ...a thought, a feeling or perhaps both? I think they're the same process.
    in The "I" Comment by Zero August 2016
  • @Jayantha said: Still trying to figure out my "roll" on places like new Buddhist, where I never to come off as "hey i'm the monk I know these things you should listen to me" but also want to be available for people who appreciate a monastic aroun…
  • Africans are not a simple, innocent people, closer related to our supposed hominid ancestors. L'enfer est plein de bonnes volontes ou desirs.
  • @Shim said: What in your life or in your practice is that which is larger than yourself? You know, those words the God people use. Is it awareness, mindfulness, nature, or maybe the Three Jewels? Does it even exist? There is no distinctio…
  • @Mingle said: I've had them before,they stressed me out so much and now they are making a bloody comeback. My god I remember those bastards made my life hell. Suddenly hoovering became a very therapeutic task just knowing I was sucking up and kil…
    in Pests!! Comment by Zero July 2016