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  • I am glad you got a bit of perspective and gained support you needed from the monks. We all hurt people, unfortunately. But impermanence is always a good reminder to me that no matter how crushing guilt is, no matter how awful a moment is, it is sur…
  • I guess I never understood it (before, or after reading the things @Kerome shared) to mean we should just be alone and rely only on ourselves. I don't think it was meant to discourage interaction or having someone to support you on your journey. Tha…
  • @Nave650 indeed, I wasn't chastising, simply asking. The same way I'd ask one of my kids (not that I'd think you to be one of my kids, lol) why they made a choice to do or say something. Just in an effort to consider thinking about it, because I fi…
  • I don't think you need the entire 8FP to be in place for any of it to matter/count/whatever. It seems to me that bits happen at a time, and in the end (whatever and whenever that is) it all comes together. Yes, one needs to have a clear understandin…
  • My sister has probably 15 tattoos. I love all of them, they each tell a story that I never tire of hearing about. My favorite of hers is the stitched (like with a needle and thread) outline of a heart, indicating she wears her heart on her sleeve. …
  • @dhammachick I enjoy when you share your point of view. I appreciate your knowledge of Judaism and your willingness to talk about it here. I always learn new things!
    in Adam and Eve Comment by karasti June 25
  • @dhammachick Indeed. I most certainly do not always get it right, especially in areas that aggravate me and bring me back to things that caused me problems even many years ago that clearly still bother me. Which of course is my issue to work on and …
  • It seems a bit judgmental to make assumptions of people who get mandala tattoos. Many of them are not Buddhists. Many just like the nature of the designs. Nothing wrong with that. I have several tattoos, with plans for more, including a no mud, no l…
  • @dhammachick I've not taken any Jewish/Torah classes but did spend years in Bible classes. But my opinion never changed. It's all in how skilled your teacher is in explaining the underlying themes versus a literal interpretation. So classes don't al…
    in Adam and Eve Comment by karasti June 25
  • @Vastmind I wondered too and it wasn't easy to find an answer! I finally was led to this via a few threads on another forum (this is on accesstoinsight) The name of the Atthaka (Octets) derives from the fact that the first four poems in the set —…
  • When I was a kid, I used to ask my parents "if the immediate relatives of Adam and Eve were all inbreeding, is that the real reason people "fell from grace"? Because we are all the ruined genetic results of that? Is that why people are all so stupid…
    in Adam and Eve Comment by karasti June 24
  • I still have no idea what you are trying to get it. What immunity? Towards what? It sounds like you have an end-point idea in mind and assume the rest of us know what it is.
    in Adam and Eve Comment by karasti June 24
  • I'm confused Is there a point to bringing up Adam and Eve and the likelihood of their story in a Buddhist forum? Nothing (to me) makes sense of it all. the A&E story has no basis in logic. It is a moralistic story told to shame women back in t…
    in Adam and Eve Comment by karasti June 24
  • @Lionduck I suppose it depends on how you determine something matters. In the Grand Scheme, of course not. But in our daily lives here, I think it does. Being respectful and attempting to not offend people (when you know it's reasonable that they mi…
  • @Dakini I find it interesting how much information can be packed into just a few lines. I wish I had that gift So far, for me (I am in the same place as you, I don't want to read too far ahead), it is a refreshing return to the ideas that brought …
  • TNH is such a lovely human. I was trying to pick up if he was feeling humorous or frustrated when he was flopping his non-working arm around. It still makes me sad he had (and has) to suffer such things, but I have no doubt he does it with grace I c…
  • Found this an interesting article. For so long, people insisted sugar caused cancer growth and so many others insisted it was "hippie bullcrap." Turns out the hippies who believe in diet as health care were probably right. http://www.nbcnews.com/h…
  • All of yoga is actually 8 limbs, not just Ashtanga. Unfortunately, in the western world we leave off all the difficult stuff and focus only on the part that we think might make our bodies look better
    in Ashtanga yoga Comment by karasti June 22
  • If it's a crackly Rice Krispie sound, it is a result of cartilage behind your knee cap being loose and rubbing on the groove that it rides in on your femur. Most often it is a result of the kneecap not tracking correctly and balancing the muscles in…
    in Ashtanga yoga Comment by karasti June 22
  • Been doing yoga every day for a few years now (well, almost every day, I miss occasionally, lol). I find Ashtanga fascinating, but that they stick to the same poses repeatedly I run into issues. Even within yoga, always being repetitive causes stres…
    in Ashtanga yoga Comment by karasti June 22
  • @person thanks for the response For me, there aren't a lot of beliefs I hold that I am strongly attached to. My experience has led me to believe in rebirth, but I am open to proof for or against it, and other options as well (though if the pearly g…
  • No worries @Hozan! Others are still waiting for their copies as well. I think it will be nice to wait for everyone and then no one has to rush to catch up, or get influenced by our opinions if we discuss ahead of time.
  • @Jeffrey it was explained to me that it is a nod of appreciation for who Buddha was and what he accomplished in order to teach the rest of us, and also yes, that Buddha Nature exists all around us. It means we see what Buddha did as inspiration tha…
  • Eli is not my oldest. I can't type. He is the middle child, turning 15 and just starting driver's training My oldest is 20 and he also participated as well as my sister. It was a lovely thing to share with everyone. My kids were blessed to have so …
  • When we were in Hawaii, we were a 5 hours time difference from home. So when it was 9am there, it was 4am at home, where my dad was. At breakfast in HI, my sister and I were talking about our dad and if we should call to ask his input about where to…
  • yep, it takes one cheat meal/item to completely knock you off. It's amazing how fast it happens. Our neighbor ladies are both low carb and had been for years, and when they got married they each had a piece of wedding cake. And were hung over the en…
  • I think what level of carbs a person can eat without it being detrimental to their weight or health is going to vary. I truly don't miss grains of any type or starches. I do miss some fruits, but then again I don't intend to give them up and haven't…
  • Yeah, I know, it still looks wrong to me and I don't like it one bit
  • @federica I forget to leave out the apostrophe in "its" so so often. It just looks wrong to me to type "its" without an apostrophe i always go back and fix it, but it bothers me
  • So when arrives at a conclusion they don't believe in rebirth, do you just let the question go completely, @person and @Kerome? For me, the times I have been entirely unsure what I thought happened, I just kept coming around to the question over and…
  • The recommendations for what to eat I also find high @DhammaDragon . Most would say I need 2100 calories. But, that is also a suggestion to maintain weight. I can tell you I would gain without having to test that, lol. @Jeffrey It does depend a b…
  • Measurements are made based on recommended allowances by government. So nuts get a small serving size because of their fat content, even though it's healthy fat and studies keep showing that they cant' figure out why people don't gain weight from ea…
  • I love solstice I wish mine hadn't started with thievery, but it worked out anyhow. Did sun salutations at 5am and took my youngest rollerskating in the rain. It has been raining every day for almost the whole month, so we decided to just deal with…
  • We are all complicit in terrorism, intentionally or not. I always thought it would be interesting to see how citizens would break up the national budget if they got a say where their taxes go (considering a significant % here in the US goes to the D…
  • Naropa is absolutely fabulous. If you can apply for scholarships and such, they are pretty generous. If you have any way to make it work, even for 2 years after your AA degree, it is so worth it. My sister lived in Boulder for several years and her …
  • That is true, but it seems that monastics in any tradition are suffering the same troubles. Buddhism, Christianity and otherwise. We don't really know if they do it because they suppress their normal human feeling (and take it out on people who they…
  • I'm not Theravadan so I couldn't say. But you won't find a consensus among different Buddhist schools if that is what you are looking for. Even within the schools, different teachers teach different things. Because no one knows. It's just a matter o…
  • It seems to me that much of Thailand's way of dealing with sexuality is not healthy in any way so it makes sense it would extend into their monastic lives as well. Despite being such a Buddhist country, they are one of the worst places for child sex…
  • There is a lot of...mysticism related to numbers in some cultures. 108 for example. 49 days is 7 weeks of 7 days, and 7 is considered a "magic" number in a lot of cultures, including Christianity as well. A lot of it goes back to Pagan/folk times wi…
  • I don't believe anyone has irrefutable proof of rebirth. I've had experiences with my children that seems to suggest it. But in any case, it is a minor part of my focus as a Buddhist. Our focus (human beings, not Buddhists) on what happens after dea…
  • It drives me crazy to have underlining in books, even my own, . But particularly when I buy used books and someone else has determined what is important. It sways the way I read it then. I hated that about textbooks in school because they were alwa…
  • The thing is that only works when someone's hormonal system is in balance Because determining hunger depends on proper hormone regulation. When it's messed up, a person can't tell if they are hungry or not or when they are even full when they start…
  • @DhammaDragon yes, that was the case with us, too. A drink and snacks from like 8pm to 11pm. But without needing snacks (because dinner stays put for so long because of more fat in the diet) we actually find we go to bed earlier and sleep better. …
  • Despite normally enjoying books in physical form I am quite enjoying the Kindle version of thisbecause I can highlight in multiple colors so I can highlight in yellow the questions I might want to bring to the group and highlight in pink the things …
  • No worries, can do! I shall hold my tongue until we are ready