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  • @jwredel said: It is hard for me to imagine how the realization of emptiness could ever be "celebrated or recognized" to any degree. It's hard for me to imagine not celebrating emptiness. What good is wisdom if we're not living happily…
  • Wonderful sounds like a fun and good word for a reason. We are natural born explorers and when I am ever at my darkest hour when thoughts of obliteration are most inviting I find that it's the wonder and curiosity that drives me to live over anyt…
  • @Kerome said: The thing that bothers me is that if Buddhist scripture just blindly accepted 5 senses plus the mind as sixth, what does that imply about the thoroughness of the investigation of the structures of mind? Or lists such as the skandhas…
  • @misecmisc1 said: @David said: @misecmisc1 said: Hi All, I have read at many places in Zen literature regarding transmission of dharma from teacher to student. My question is – is this some secret teaching…
  • Is there a rule in Zen that we must always do zazen? I am not strictly Zen or anything else so not exactly sure if other styles are ever encouraged. I like to switch it up sometimes and there are some styles which are less labour intense like Met…
  • @misecmisc1 said: Hi All, I have read at many places in Zen literature regarding transmission of dharma from teacher to student. My question is – is this some secret teachings of dharma, which the teacher explicitly tells to a student? If yes,…
  • I try to see these types in the same light Archie Bunker was portrayed. What a great show All in the Family was.
  • * Share information, have fun and not to hurt anyone nor let ones self be hurt. * Help ease suffering and take the vows as if I were a bodhisattva. * Wake up as much as possible. That sounds more like a wish list. But then again, meaning is…
  • Yeah, I won't be pigeonholed. Why lament too much over impermanence when it can also work to our advantage? Am I a runner? No, but I was running and now I sit. Am I a sitter? I will ask again when I am walking. Am I a human being? In a convent…
  • A flowing occurrence. Something sounds soothing in that somehow.
  • @seeker242 said: How could the Buddha be a human when all the things that define "human" are regarded as "not me, not mine, not myself"? I wouldn't say Buddha was "a" human but that he was being human. More of a verb than a noun.
  • I just don't want you to get carried away or be too hard on yourself is all. Hopefully I'm not being a pain.
  • There is that as well @Bunks but the first one you mentioned still has its uses too. Yes, we don't want to be too averse to our bodies but we don't want to go overboard and start lusting after them all the time. Contemplation of the body as in re…
  • Thing? If Mind is a thing then we would be able to locate it. I've always thought of mind like a sensory organ minus the organ. It's the most beautiful process ever there was! But then, remember what told me that.
  • @jwredel said: @David said: I'd agree if it was worded "I need to know..." but wanting to enjoy something while it lasts or wanting to know how something works knowing full well that it is not going to be around forever is just smar…
  • @jwredel said: If someone says "I like to know how the body works", it's not an attachment to the body, it's an attachment to the knowing. I'd agree if it was worded "I need to know..." but wanting to enjoy something while it lasts or wan…
  • Sorry @Dhammachick I shouldn't have even been awake to take undue offense. This time of year screws me over.
  • I'm Buddh - ist , far from Buddh - a . Italics not working. Mod edit: They only work if there is a space bewteen then and the next character. Bummer, isn't it?
  • @Bunks said: I have been doing quite a bit of body contemplation meditation the last couple of days. Going through the various parts of the body. This has a two fold affect I find - creates disgust and aversion for our body (Asubha)…
  • @Kerome said: @David said: If we cultivated Metta in a skillful way we wouldn't have to use it as a word except to explain the meaning every now and then or when it's the focus. I will try to make it more apparent in my w…
  • If we cultivated Metta in a skillful way we wouldn't have to use it as a word except to explain the meaning every now and then or when it's the focus. I will try to make it more apparent in my words from here on in but make no mistake, I love you…
  • @dhammachick said: @David said: Does it even make sense to wish Metta to one person at a time? I always thought it was a one-to-all kind of thing like a natural reaction to having the borders fall away. I guess…
  • Negate the mud, negate the lotus.
  • Does it even make sense to wish Metta to one person at a time? I always thought it was a one-to-all kind of thing like a natural reaction to having the borders fall away. I guess it can be translated as loving kindness but it just seems off so…
  • @DhammaDragon said: @David said: @DhammaDragon said: @lobster said: I once dreamt I was awake ... and I was. I once dreamt that in order to awaken, I had to s…
  • @Linc said: @David said: You obviously don't dream that much, let alone remembering dreams or having lucid dreams. That kind of comment from someone that dreams would be considered averse. From someone that doesn't dream it sounds c…
  • Those guys screwed with my brain back in the day alright. I saw them in Toronto a couple of times. Well one was King Crimson and one was An Evening with Robert Fripp. Very nice.
  • @DhammaDragon said: @lobster said: I once dreamt I was awake ... and I was. I once dreamt that in order to awaken, I had to stop dreaming Ever wake up to find yourself dreaming more than once in the same dr…
  • @Carlita said: I looked it up. No luck. Would you define our mindstream or consciousnesss behind our thoughts the same as what thoughts embedded in our dreams? For example, our thoughts would be, say, buying food at the store. When we …
  • @Linc said: My approach to dreams has always been that they are unimportant junk. Finding meaning in them feels like wringing sweat from a shirt and wondering what you can use it for. It already did its work, let it go. You obviously don'…
  • @misecmisc1 said: Hi All, Writing this thread as I want to check my understanding from Zen perspective. Just now I read the web-page at https://terebess.hu/zen/nanyue.html and the below section in this web-page: When Huairang first arriv…
  • That is kind of strict! (I'd use a funny emoticon but I have to be honest... I just don't like the ones we have and there's so few)
  • @federica said: Well if you're Enlightened, you can make that decision, can't you.....? Heck, I'm not enlightened or awakened or whatever the cool kids call it but I still might aim just for kicks.
  • @Bunks said: No idea! Do you think Buddha Shakyamuni followed the second one? If so, where is he / she now? Could be hiding within any one of us just waiting for the proper conditions to manifest. I would do number 2 no doubt. Plus eat…
  • @TreeLuvr87 said: I believe that knowledge from past lives, ancestors, and interconnectedness resides within us all. Sometimes it manifests as "intuition." I don't think that our brains are capable of grasping the knowledge in its true form, but …
  • You don't even want to know what my Mom told me it meant but I don't say it.
  • I think I see the spirit in which the thread is intended but the category seems off. To answer the question is to lay Buddhism aside for me but that's ok. I'm not quite sure what resonates most with me when it comes to past lives or rebirth. I ha…
  • The peace of Śūnyatā, The emptiness of all things, Nothing exists in itself, The wind is windless. ~ Thoughts dependently arise And so, cannot be found. Thoughts are trees and stones, And thought is but a name. ~ As a subject needs an obje…
  • "All is possible when emptiness is possible. Nothing is possible when emptiness is impossible" Nagarjuna - The Mulamadhyamakakarika There is no difference at all Between Nirvana and Samsara. There is no difference at all Between Samsara an…
  • That's actually Nagarjuna, not Buddha.
  • @Shak said: I would recommend to anyone considering making a career change into a healthcare related profession to do some volunteer work at a nursing home or with a hospice organization first. My wife has worked in healthcare for as long as I ha…
  • "Whatever is dependently co-arisen that is explained to be emptiness. That, being a dependent designation is itself the Middle Way." Nagarjuna
  • "In emptiness teachings, the self is seen as valid when viewed as a mere name or label designated in dependence upon relatively characterized mind and body parts and this account poses no problem. The conventional self is a useful and necessary cha…