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  • @vinlyn I certainly don't disagree with that. We own the good and bad, every aspect of the whole works. To me, that includes morality and it can't simply be gifted by an outside source, like God or religion. We can learn about the morals of others b…
    in Basic Goodness Comment by karasti 5:41PM
  • With regards simply to the "don't worry be happy" ideal, one thing I've realized is that happiness can't be a goal. At least not for me. Contentment, however, is another story. I can be content when I am sad, upset, frustrated or whatever. I cannot …
  • I'm not sure where you are going with this in regards to the discussion-at-large @grackle? Are you saying that some of the situations in which mindfulness is offered (say, at a workplace) are situational and therefore not the same? It's possible, of…
  • @SpinyNorman I'm not suggesting you didn't experience what you did. Only saying that I have not, in any situation or with any teacher. Like I said, it is somewhat an issue with translation into English as well, as my understanding is that the Engli…
  • Is mindfulness in a combat/survival situation really the same as the practice of mindfulness though? It seems like the former is more a necessity that applies only in those moments. The awareness that comes from being in those situations comes from …
  • @Vastmind Sounds like an awesome event the planetarium has planned! I can't wait to hear how it went! It's still fascinating to me to see Cape Canaveral. I haven't actually been there since I was a kid, but I love just to see it from the beach at Co…
  • I think it's great to do that kind of stuff @person! Even on long drives, they can be opportunities to see new people and places, have conversations you wouldn't have otherwise, hear new music, and share a big event with others. All good stuff!
  • @person I think that yes, that is the key. For me, I must just not be there yet. I can say I'm not attached, but it had to reconsider when I saw the use of the word "embrace" in these passages. I might claim I'm not attached to my views, but I sure …
  • My view is similar to what @Kerome said, I think. I can imagine a place where one can be free from views and judgments yet respond to the world. I think such a person would be in a place we can't really comprehend because they'd see everything so di…
  • Plenty of people, mostly of the Christian persuasion, once a Muslim friend suggested it as well. Often they are complete strangers but it comes from family and friends sometimes. They always finish the conversation with "I'm so sorry you don't see t…
  • I do wonder how to apply such ideas as letting go of all views, and still making it in this world. Thinking this morning about the stuff happening in the US in the past few days (and beyond) how does one work against people looking to do harm while …
  • I think it takes more than a lifetime to explore everything Buddhism has to offer. I don't like when Christians (or anyone else ) tell me I'm doing my life wrong and have to do it their way to get the full benefit out of it. So I try to avoid doing …
  • Are you looking for something more scholarly? Or more...spiritual adventure/biography/story telling? We are doing a book study here on the forum on a great book called "The Buddha before Buddhism" by Gil Fronsdal. It's short, so a fairly fast read b…
  • If we try to tell someone "You can't meditate or practice mindfulness unless you understand Buddhism" you are going to lose a whole lot of people for no good reason. Any time people start slowing down, calming themselves, and looking inward, it bene…
  • I think there are a lot of people who are offered it at work, for example, but they try it because they know the benefits and want those benefits. I don't think most of them do so for more success and productivity. I think their work places offer me…
  • Much of what we find in Buddhism was intended for Buddha's audience, which were monks. They often do not apply in the same way to householders/lay people. You do not have to give up your wife. Nor should you (at least for sure not because of Buddhis…
  • Yeah, the book is interesting to me for that reason, you never know what part grabs you based on your current understanding, and where it takes you. For myself, I've always found it helpful to specifically take time to look at the things that poke m…
  • @silver from my point of view, I agree. From his, not so much! I mostly meant that there are things he experiences that he doesn't want me for, and I totally get and respect that.
  • But his actual words are, to me, not somehow more valid. He was still just a man with extraordinary insight. There are many such humans, TNH comes to mind. Buddha's teachings were still translated by others, written down by people with their own pe…
  • sometimes, I love stationary, too, especially after being in the car for hours! I totally understand loving stationery as well. I love a nice pen, nice paper, I even have a wax sealing kit that I use
  • I think that is the ideal, @person, but if you look into some studies about science, that is so, so often not the case. I see what you are getting at in the difference, but multiple studies (which is funny to think about, lol) have found scientists …
  • I look forward to being able to watch it eventually! It is mentioned on his FB page all the time and I envy those who have been able to see it. No where remotely near me is hosting it, unlikely to have the population to get enough tickets.
  • @SpinyNorman Which is why I hesitated to say anything and put the insult comment in. Because I knew someone would take it exactly that way, lol. That isn't at all how it is viewed, or intended to be viewed. No path is better or more superior. They j…
  • That's awesome @Vastmind I didn't know about that! Canada is celebrating their 150 years (I think it's 150) and they have a bunch of coins that glow in the dark. So cool. I was amazed at the collections of coins they have to offer Sheesh the US is…
  • I hope you guys have a blast!! We will get around 70%, my son (goes back to college this weekend and is farther south than us) will get around 80%. He was prepared to travel to see totality, but classes start that day and you can't miss first class …
  • I was forced into Christianty (Missouri Synod Lutheran) as a child but I knew pretty early on (age 7 or so) that it wasn't for me. I never bought the idea that we are born in sin and that infants need baptism to save them from hell. I never bought t…
  • @Kerome but at what cost does that harmony come? Is it really harmonious if we are catering to someone else's expectations out of fear of rejection or conflict? Isn't there a way to maintain harmony without doing that? There is a lady I know who is …
  • "I think the reward for conformity is everyone likes you except yourself." Rita Mae Brown That's really what it comes down to. When others have expectations of us, they are trying to fulfill their own and use us to do it. We don't have to be part…
  • Still in! I am out of town for the weekend, but if there isn't a new thread for chapter 3, I'll make it Monday and just plan to make a new one each Monday after that!
  • The impression I get, having been a student in TB for several years now (5-6, I kind of lose track) isn't that Buddha's words come second hand, but that it is understood that his core teachings weave throughout everything. There isn't a focus on the…
  • took forever for me to find this thread again, I made a comment on a startup company FB page, and they offered me a job. Pretty excited. Part time, for now, but I get to build it however I want, I love their product (supported them on kickstarter…
  • I am unable to be of assistance, but I always find it questionable when someone writes a book that makes claims they don't provide sources and references for.
  • I'm not suggesting that isn't the case, as obviously it is. But that doesn't mean there isn't value in the new conglomeration as well. Culture is a huge thing for most people, and it's not something that is easy or desirable to most to abandon. Ever…
  • @Kerome It seems quite common for people to blend new things with the old, comfortable things. I don't find it surprising at all, for example, that Buddhism was blended with Bon in Tibet. I doubt in that time people felt comfortable adopting multipl…
  • My youngest son picking blueberries in nature's garden He insisted on leaving plenty for the animals since "They live on them and we just like them as a treat!" We left plenty for the wild critters, including the bear that was ambling about the are…
  • There have been studies done about morality and where it comes from, and there are, in very young babies, morality that exists across the board of humanity that has nothing to do with religion whatsoever. It's pretty interesting reading. There are a…
  • The whole concept of atheist and not is interesting to me. Buddhists (except those who have hybrid beliefs that work for them) generally don't believe in God, especially an Abrahamic one, so wouldn't that generally mean Buddhists are also Atheist? Y…
  • It's such a different thing to tackle in different countries. I can't offer any advice, my parents are in their 60s and doing quite well. I spent a lot of time with my grandma when she was declining, especially since we lived next door, and they wer…
  • Restorative yoga is resting yoga. It places no stress on the body whatsoever, and you use various pillows and such to completely support your body so you can fully release tension and let your body focus on nothing but resting and healing. There are…
  • I can't explain it any clearer than I already have, if you don't understand my point, nothing else I can say will convince you otherwise, I don't think. Why should one human have a moral high ground to be fathers of a system to teach others? They…
  • 3rd talking to the parents about what they expect. Here, it is largely an honorary role, there is little actual expectation even though the promises might say otherwise. I should say, that is how it largely works in my family and in my experience. I…
    in Godparents Comment by karasti August 6
  • @vinlyn I don't think we need systems to teach us morals, except in cases where we are so far removed from them we can't distinguish right from wrong within ourselves anymore. That is the case for some people, but not most. We don't need someone els…
  • I consider them guidance towards what is inherent in us already but we have lost it through all of the social conditioning we receive from a million different directions. Edit to add, as well as our past lives. Buddha didn't need those things to tel…
  • I do believe every person has inherent Buddha Nature. That is what I have been taught, and it feels right to me. I can see a lot in people, even some of the most broken and suffering people, and I've seen nothing that disproves this. But I don't thi…
  • I think it depends what you are talking about, exactly. There are parts of the world that humanity has broken and IMO needs to fix, for the betterment of all beings. When I break a lamp, I can determine if I can fix it and try to do so. That's how I…
  • My guess would be that it is related to your illness causing you to have to support your body instead of your body being able to support itself. It actually takes the entire chain of muscles, tendons, ligaments etc to fully support our body. It is c…