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  • I'm sorry for sounding cliche but maybe your meditation practice could be tweaked in such a way as to find the middle way in mindfulness? First reading this I immediately thought of the overly cautious driver. I look for that sweet spot myself...…
    in Craving for... Comment by David June 17
  • I only watch until the first fake injury. Usually about 5 minutes in.
  • Make me one with everything.
    in Platitudes Comment by David May 22
  • @Kerome said: @Tsultrim said: some chemicals in susceptible users lead to permanent psychosis. Just knowing that should be enough. Then there are the perils of addiction and the addicts life: over dosage, heart valve infection, hepa…
    in Drugees Comment by David May 21
  • @lobster said: As we all know medical drugs can turn you into a hippy, ask Cary Grant. https://www.seeker.com/culture/75-years-after-first-lsd-trip-psychedelic-science-is-making-a-comeback For the right person psychedelic drugs…
    in Drugees Comment by David May 21
  • @federica said: Abundance/Scarcity mentalities. Aren't we just applying new, 'hip' pseudo-analytical labels to something that already has a label? Altruistic generosity/Stingy paranoia. Those terms already exist. Why dress 'em up…
  • @Elauderd said: I want to hear opinions on this topic and discuss it as to get a better understanding towards it. In the context of the way of inquiry, Since Buddha taught pretty clearly that one shouldn’t blindly believe things, and that they sh…
    in Inquiry Comment by David May 17
  • @Shoshin said: Hmm perhaps I am really nothing special ... I don't really know what "special" means really but you are unique. That makes you quite useful as far as I am concerned. Sometimes to figure out a problem or to see more …
    in I AM Comment by David May 17
  • @Tsultrim said: @David said: @Tsultrim said: I'll make this short because I'm posted out. You don't own anything. The nothingness I speak of is inseparable from awareness, it's commonly called emptiness or sunya…
    in I AM Comment by David May 16
  • @Tsultrim said: I'll make this short because I'm posted out. You don't own anything. The nothingness I speak of is inseparable from awareness, it's commonly called emptiness or sunyata in Buddhism. It is an experience without an experiencer. …
    in I AM Comment by David May 16
  • @adamcrossley said: Hello all, So a recent trend in my meditation has been a niggling, sometimes thundering doubt that I don’t know what I’m doing. This voice says things like: “I’m not doing the right practice. Breath-focus is a ba…
  • @Tsultrim said: @Shoshin said: @Tsultrim said: Who asked the question? Sound familiar? I am curious....Who wants to know ? Who wants to know wants to know. You're not curious…
    in I AM Comment by David May 16
  • @Jason said: @Snakeskin said: "He believes that accepting that our civilisation is doomed could make humanity rather like an individual who recognises he is terminally ill." "And while this discourse was being spoken, the…
    in We’re doomed Comment by David April 26
  • I would say Buddhism is akin to monism but that is to say "oneness" as opposed to "one". I see it as interconnectivity with no borders. "One" implies a border, a complete and set "thing" where there can be a "not-one". Some people glimpse the …
  • My estimation is that without a top line there can be no bottom line. If there is a minimum one can survive on then there should be a cap on how much one can make. Otherwise we set up a system for the top 1 percent. Once you reach the cap, 50 per…
  • @WesternBuddhism said: Eckhart Tolle calls it disidentification with the mind/ Ego and Buddhists call it Non-Attachment to things, but is it best not to try and do these and just become aware instead? As in trying to do these more mind activity i…
  • I would define it as not only the wonder that proceeds the realisation of the non-physical but the direction it sets us on our path.
  • @Shoshin said: I remember hearing about a Tibetan teacher who looked confused when a Westerner student mentioned lack of self esteem ....and the teacher was still somewhat confused when it was explained to him what it meant.. From this tea…
  • He is projecting his own weakness on the rest of his home country. Alas, people are people. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. - Wayne Dyer
  • @Kerome said: @David said: Hope is certainly more beneficial than doom and gloom. For instance, I have faith that each and every one of us has the ability to wake up to the fact of interconnectivity and all it implies. I can only ho…
  • I think it starts with self awareness. Once duality is perceived the truth gets a bit obscured through borders of convention. I also think when talking about the beginning of anything we can only go by a case by case basis and not try to find a p…
  • @Kerome said: Something I realised the other day was that hope is in fact a form of desire, you’re wishing for something imperfect from the past to become more perfect in the future. Now desire is one of the three poisons, and this is held not to…
  • @genkaku said: @David -- "Spreading the dharma" has always left me a bit flummoxed: How would anyone go about spreading what they couldn't escape in the first place? Buddha could not escape his own teachings? Is flummoxidation catchy?
  • Hope is faith without conviction. Whether it is helpful or a hindrance may well depend on the focus and the intent. Not all desire can be bad. What about the desire to get up from the bodhi tree and spread the dharma?
  • @techie said: Friends, This is regarding how something out there might trigger something inside of us. Let's say I go out and see a guy getting out of a fancy car. This triggers the following: Ten years ago, I squandered an opportun…
  • @nubuddh4 said: Are humans more able to achieve Nirvana than any other life form, can heavenly beings achieve this as well? It's supposedly a blessing to be human for that reason. However, it seems to me that the more self aware we are, t…
  • Guilt is like the second arrow. Blame is a waste of time. If there is a problem, fix it. If it can't be fixed, learn and let go.
    in Guilt Comment by David March 18
  • No I say you don't understand because your view is based on faulty science articles written by those with an agenda (not the Buddhists perhaps but the "studies" they linked to) and that your cousin smokes weed. It has nothing to do with you perso…
  • Thanks @federica. Not sure why I still have an odd spot for the death of close loved ones. I wasn't even able to post a pic of my first wife's ashes to the shrine thread. I already have pics of 2 of them (shrines) in there so who cares but its od…
  • @federica said: Whoa there... That last comment was wholly unnecessary, @David. Discussions and disagreements are acceptable. A sarcastic barb isn't. It wasn't sarcasm though. What is being judged in this thread is not u…
  • @dhammachick said: @David said: It is interesting but they really seem to be reaching in the sources department, lol. Decreases empathy and grey matter? Leads one to heedlessness? Tell me another one there, Ree…
  • @Shoshin said: I came across this interesting article.... "An Ayurvedic Approach To Marijuana" Although long revered in India as a sacred plant of Shiva, ganja has, as we have seen, significant physical, emotional and spiritu…
  • @lobster said: Who will be the Maitreya? Independent AI? A higher form of emptiness? I feel the universe is probably a little digital by nature anyways so it may not be too far off. When I imagine Maitreya, I imagine what…
    in The New Buddha Comment by David March 18
  • I'm far from traditional but I just love the guy. Seeing him in Toronto was moving to say the least. The power this fairly humble monk commands is amazing.
  • I celebrated by visiting my brothers grave marker. He blew up 9 years ago today and the specifics are still uncertain. He drove into a big rock at high speed. All that was left was some fluid and a chunk of his jaw. No drugs or alcohol in his sys…
  • It is interesting but they really seem to be reaching in the sources department, lol. Decreases empathy and grey matter? Leads one to heedlessness? Tell me another one there, Reefer Madness, lmao. If one is trying different methods to medit…
  • I think at least part of letting go is setting the thing free. When we know we can live without it, we can actually enjoy it more than if we cling. We can watch it change and grow without feeling threatened and we can better change and grow without …
  • @JaySon said: @David said: I think it's about just a bit more than that so we will just have to agree to disagree and I hope it works out for you. We may not even be looking at emptiness or Nagarjuna the same way and I'll…
    in Pop Buddhism Comment by David March 8