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  • @Mutley Just a few thoughts These hauntings are just the manifestations of any self wrought identity, which means that I think that everyone is subject to them to some extent. To the Buddhist meditator, they can be meditation teachers tellin…
  • @Benjamin Soto Zen was the first spiritual love to allow me a possession-less love, that could transcend it's own identity. Nothing that an ever widening heart doesn't offer to anyone practicing the Buddha's Dharma.
  • I usually use the term spirituality to refer to any transcendence of our own ego's inertia over others. and the term religiousness to refer to humanities interests in laying some claims to that transcendence.
  • @Mutley Teachers can be very helpful in having us address aspects of our own ignorance that we would probably otherwise resist facing.. but... I also think that a successful meditation practice, is that practice which can allow all of existence…
  • @Shoshin While I am not sure about the Buddhist Dharma and my own martial arts background, I do wish that there had been somebody close enough to the door in Orlando with the martial art skills to have stopped that massacre.
  • The Buddha who was well trained in the martial arts as the younger Guatama, promoted no such practices for his own followers. Anybody wonder why??????? The most interesting thing for me about this thread, is how ardently folks are willing to s…
  • What...are we all 7 years of age? I find it mystifying at how adept Buddhist practitioners can be at justifying just about anything they like doing by equating it to some confabulation of Buddhism. Did the Buddha recommend moderation with dru…
  • @nakazcid While our worldview represents the view of a self verses other mentality, this view inevitably ends up being adversarial or defensive and a spiraling into greed, hate and delusion. When our worldview represents views that illuminate …
  • @dctufts The Buddhist path is the journey from self interest towards selflessness. To go further along this road will require nothing more than what you have already been doing, but..where you formally gained the rewards for your journey with …
  • @federica I am sure you have considered... that the difference between actually hating insomnia and not hating insomnia could be the difference between having a lot of awake time to hate something and having a lot of awake time to rest. …
  • @misecmisc1 I think that a spiritual path travels in two directions. One direction offers a manifestation of compassion or love or wisdom. The other direction offers a manifestation of greed or hatred or delusion. Your question may ha…
  • @followthepath I bet, every day of practice could offer you a different answer to your questions. Today, for me.... Zen is simply a diet program for any sense gate (eye/ear/nose/tongue/body & mind) that is disproportionately throwing it'…
  • @nakazcid When you can see that an attachment to anything corresponds to sufferings creation then most of the Buddha/Dharma begins to make much more sense. Then the question is just "Is this cuddling in any way an attachment for anyone or not…
  • I still wonder why someone chose a meditating Soto Zen monks picture to highlight a Kundalini Yoga teacher's saying even if that saying is a particularly nice take on what ego is and what it isn't.
  • @DGA Not sure if you are interested but... Roshi Daizui MacPhillamy (now deceased) of Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery who was also a clinical psychologist, conducted tests over many years on the effects of meditation on a number of the resident…
  • My foolishness today.... A fool is simply a deification of foolishness over it's absence, with foolishness being the belief that anything is better than nothing. If Buddhism is a path towards realizing no thing, a Buddhist fool, like any oth…
  • @person These are simply dry runs to meditatively learn how to stop feeding our habituated impulses to phenomena, whether pleasant or not. This may be your only opportunity to learn how to practice restraint & objectivity with these small …
  • Is the spirituality of a potential f/wit whose training actually addresses their own f/wittery less, the same, or higher than the person who has never been an f/wit to begin with? I think spirituality better describes our efforts in each mome…
  • @nakazcid I can only speak from personal experience, which might be subject to all sorts of Buddhist brain washing but it appears that only karma's inertia continues on beyond our cellular death. The coalescence of many many karmic momentum's a…
  • @nakazcid "Nirvana"..second only to the word "enlightenment", for being the most commonly discussed fingers pointing at the moon that get confused for being the moon itself. The difficulty with most mental mastication's of nirvana is that to…
  • Oh no.....Not another thread on food again. I have decided that every time I read something here about food choices that results in a corresponding moralistic judgement or defensiveness, I'm going to go out and kill something cute and helpless &a…
  • How old am I Physically ......22450 days of cellular cycling within this collective since leaving my host. Spiritually.......not really mine to time.
  • @Deformed said: Great points by everyone here. We should also remember that what we see as obsolete thinking of the past is relative, and many ways we see one another today will be obsolete in the future. I suppose that brings us ba…
  • @syrphus Every time we move, bugs are killed. What can we really do that doesn't immerse us in that endless arriving and departing of organic entities? Why do we only see some of the consequences of our actions within this flow, while missing …
  • @silver said: @How sez, "Vomiting and diarrhea was common due to food cleanliness issues. Individual tents and private washroom set ups pre-sold to retreatants for $4,000.00 per person that never materialized or received refunds. The Mat…
  • @Bunks Around here, quinces tend to be treated as ornamentals but their forgotten fruit fermenting on the ground can eventual become a huge Bluejay party. One day everything is normal with the birds ignoring the fruit....the next... its the focal…
  • A friend of mine just returned from a retreat at the Kumbh Mela in India. Temps of 51 degrees Celsius. Probably 60 million folks crowded onto some river flats. Porta potties installed on angles that prevented them from draining properly. Sew…
  • @BreathingSince72 I think one of the most interesting starting points in a study of the Dharma has more to do with how we can manifest any of those studies than with brain filler. As far as which of the various Buddhist schools or lineages or …
  • @BreathingSince72 said: I know who Buddha is. I infer from previous reading that a Sangha is a group of Buddhists. Does the word Dharma represent the path or acts? For me, because the Dharma is whatever leads one towards suffering's ces…
  • @gavenv said: What is your calling? Any transcendence of my Ignorance
    in Your calling. Comment by how June 2016
  • @BreathingSince72 Who knows? Sometimes it seems as if there is as many different schools here as there are members but with a closer inspection you might see that the various different schools are actually just the different facets of the same …
  • @mindatrisk I think I have seen far more delusion than enlightenment eventually evolve from folks trying to use greed positively, to ever promote it as a Dharma. Mostly it seems to offer short term gains for long term losses. .....But waiting…
  • @Mingle I know of that seduction. Even if you have no intention of using it to harm anything, I think the reasons why we love that power is an exploration that few folks are willing to honestly examine. You might find the 8 FP may apply to it in …
  • @EonTrinity There are few things that we can imagine that won't eventually visit us if we meditate long enough. These visitors are just the price of admission to an existence beyond our ego's sandbox. Here we just allow all those visitors to…
  • @Mingle Life's full spectrum extends all the way from relating to existence, as a reflection of the self, to relating to existence, as a reflection of selflessness. The Buddha's path towards suffering cessation is just a journey from the f…
    in Belief Comment by how June 2016
  • @Captain_America It sounds as if the teacher was caught between having a new student explain about their pain at trying out something different, which is not unusual and the somewhat stoic Japanese culture/linage of his schools approach to pain. …
  • @SpinyNorman said: @how said:> Ignorance itself first appears to me as a habituated elevation of focus on one sense gate to the detriment of my awareness of the others. That description could also be applied to a practic…
  • @Captain_America I've sat for 40 years in a low, stable, motionless postures. For the last few years, because of an injury, I've changed to a chair. I have noticed No appreciable difference to my meditation between the two forms of posture excep…
  • Such a clear presentation for everyone that no amount of shaven heads, robes or a spiritual show, ameliorates the consequences of avarice.
  • @karasti said: Both of my parents are increasingly becoming more conservative and more "agree with me or don't bother talking to me." It's disheartening to see, because they have both always been open minded and pretty socially liberal. But as th…
  • @Namada said: @how ....give what I see, hear, taste, smell & feel..... a comparable training in the spiritual martial arts. Do you mean just like a body scan, but in your case its more focused on your sense gates? …
  • @RuddyDuck9 That's a good point. If you allow the noting of your breath to overpower your other senses, then that is a good description of a concentration exercise. If you moderate that noting of the breath to be not so weak that you lose your…
  • Few things empower the mind, along with it's conditioning, like making it the center of ones attention. I find my mind to be so conditioned towards bullying my other sense gates that my best solution to this imbalance has been to give what I see,…
  • My cat has long hair and gets hair balls easily..which often means throwing up. When I feed her wet food (that has an oil base) she seems to get less hair balls. Most Vets I've talked to just recommend a varied diet....like doctors do for us.. …
    in Cat Owners Comment by how June 2016
  • @Shoshin Glad to hear that you've picked up another tool for your meditative toolbox. Folks can also experiment with comfort verses stability, for how close together or wide apart, they position their knees in Seiza. The other thing to cons…