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Don't make the names and robes too sacred...
Disclaimer: Although, also V-Zen..,..I'm only speaking for the monastery I attend...so...the "rules" may vary. ....AFA I know, robes can be bought anywhere.....where them where you want.
Whos gonna …
Feeling grateful tonight. ....I am close to being a 1 Year member myself so I am reflective.
Metta to our Sangha
Yaaaaas! Gratitude is a beautiful thing.
I'm 6 years..it's family now! I can't say it any bett…
These people are not happy they missed the eclipse. Thanks, clouds.
The let down is real. 😫. …
There will be a showing here in Memphis, October 5... here is the Info for anyone in the Mid-South area. Including a meet and greet, and walking meditation after..
What a deep pleasure must come from seeing Kofi's excitement. When young minds get caught up in the excitement of the universe who knows where that will carry them. The curiosity of youth can really blow you mind.
Instead of the farm/park vibe.....we're going all in. That's right, the planetarium!!!
Kofi is just too excited about the events planned there:
· Safe, viewing telescopes
· Scale model solar system walk
· Eclipse acti…
Generosity might be strategically effective or virtuous, but that’s not important. The point is that there is no good reason to love life or each other, yet we do.
—John Tarrant, “The Erotic Life of Emptiness”
There are some who dispute
corrupted at heart,
and those who dispute
their hearts set on truth,
but a sage doesn't enter
a dispute that's arisen,
which is why he is
Now, how would one
led on by desire,…
This might just bring about a revival of sending someone a nice letter via snail-mail.... miracles happen!!
Stamps are part of my love for stationary. I try to match the stamp to the occasion or the card/envelope.
One more geek out about it....
Any stamp collectors here? The eclipse stamp is awesome!! All the post offices sold out here quickly, and it became a hunt finding them. I Finally just went to USPS and ordered online.
What makes the stamp itself…
God and his will/plan and the promise of a heaven/immortality is a placebo for when life gets real tough to accept. And yes...placebos can be beneficial.
@SpinyNorman .... just realized you already said this in a more eloquent way.
Hubby and I were talking about this thread today, and he reminded me of this Tricycle article...
.... Dalai Lama surprised his young audience when he volunteered that “as far as sociopolitical …
@karasti . your posts are always well presented. Honest, usually showing both sides, and relatable. In case I haven't told you lately....I'm glad youre here . 🙏🏻
I hadn't heard of Marie Kondo...I'll look into some of her books.
The cultural appropriation piece was interesting....I've thought about some of those things before.
If capitalism was just about making money and making a living...ok...but I'm with @Kerome AFA what it creates and breeds.
The last article was …
After relapsing last year (cigs)...I'm 3 months nicotine free!!! And...I've not gained weight bec of it! ...but am down 10lbs...... Eating more plants . Taking better care of myself...and feeling good for it!
“Be gentle first with yourself if …
Right now....I'm practicing stillness.
I have so much going on in my life, that formal sitting meditation feels like something else on my to do list. So...I've switched things up. I set aside 20 minutes every night...whether it may be sitting in…
During this election, I've had to work on/conquer one of my biggest problems....keeping my mouth shut, hahahaha,.... and letting the cluster fu&$ go on without my input and opinions/views. And through this...the anger is slowly dropping away..li…
@lobster ... gratitude for that guided meditation. 🙏🏻
' Time unfolding at its normal pace'. That sunk into me.
I needed a back to basics on the breath....and passing thoughts. This did it.
I'll be bookmarking this one. 🏞
I found it too intimate...in an intrusive kind of way. I'm not going to call it weird....just uncomfortable, for me. After, I wondered if there was any science related to it... found this article:
floundering in their sense of mine,
like fish in the puddles
of a dried-up stream —'
Like my Nana used to say ... "About as calm as a fish out of water"
The part that sticks out for me on this one is the referring to " is f…
Yes. It's a different one. See the general comments thread. Im posting it for inclusion reasons....and for general study of the Sutta, itself. You're more than welcome to discuss how certain words change the context and meaning for you.
Sn 4.2 PTS: Sn 772-779
Guhatthaka Sutta: The Cave of the Body
Staying attached to the cave,
covered heavily over,
a person sunk in confusion
is far from seclusion —
for sensual pleasures
in the world
Going forward...its definitely about setting boundaries. I just need the right mentality to be able to do it. Like @karasti described above...the "understanding" can lead to cycles that go round and round. The understanding somehow my mind links …
Don't forget...I'm posting a version/translation of each poem on the chapter thread...for those who don't have the book. ( It's not needed, for the actual study of the Sutta). Those with the book will just be privy to his commentary and translation.…
Note by Thanissaro Bhikkhu:
Although the Atthaka poems advise against engaging in intellectual contests, they imitate the Vedic enigmas in the way they use language to challenge the reader. Individual words — sometimes whole lines and stanzas — i…