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  • Trust how you feel when you are actually with the group you work with. If you look deep enough there is a lot of "garbage" in almost any tradition. For me, it comes down to whether the truth of the wisdom changes due to the faults of the people. To …
  • My comment was just very general that I disagree with the comment that sleep is somehow wasted time, even when it comes to our practice. That is a very common view, unfortunately. We might have our core group of regulars who comment on most things, …
  • @Shoshin he says right in the video that the practice is to help us not waste the 25 years we spend sleeping. Which to me implied that unless we do this practice, we are wasting time sleeping, which isn't true at all. And only a small portion of our…
  • I've been back on track the past week or so, feel much better. Traveling this weekend so trying to put a plan together. My son almost always chooses Italian (the American version, lol) so we'll see what happens. Last time I got steak but it was not …
  • Yoga nidra is a wonderful way to fall asleep. I have a book called "The Tibetan Yoga of Dreams and Sleep" that is pretty good. I lucid dream quite frequently, but I usually "come in" in the middle of a dream, so I can take control of it from there,…
  • oh goodness! I am sorry you had such an awful crash, but glad you are still here with us! Wishing you the best care while you recover. I will include you in my metta practices.
  • It is interesting to consider what a sober mind really is. Obviously, there is drunk/under the influence of alcohol and not. But what if you expand it? I actually have a much harder time with meditation after a cup of coffee than a glass of wine. Am…
  • Listening without comparing and offering input is really hard! Especially when the person expects you to answer on top of it. I am not a person who listens in an attempt to placate someone. I sound completely insincere saying something like "I under…
  • I'm sure, I've no doubt that he wasn't really thinking about what I mentioned but rather of course addressing monks. I just meant I haven't figured out if it is possible to do so. To be engaged in life seems to create conflict no matter what, becaus…
  • to add to that, it seems hard to interact with our world today without causing conflict. Perhaps not intentionally (which maybe is the key as it often is with Buddhism) but even HHDL manages to cause conflict. If you try to fight for any sense of g…
  • I've read the whole book. Still find it excellent. We do always seem to have issues in the forum with book clubs, lol. Sometimes I'm here daily, sometimes not. Sometimes I have something to add, sometimes not. For me, for such short chapters, I've f…
  • @Kerome It is free, yes. There are some "assignments" you do, submitting a couple of writing bits to the community to "grade". It's a good course. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it.
  • The Buddhism and Modern Psych course is super interesting. The interaction with the people taking it is, as usual, the most valuable part (IMO). I've done the course twice, and actually moderated it as well a couple of rounds. Fascinating discussion…
  • To me, "pity" has negative connotations because it implies wallowing, of giving ourselves permission to go beyond being ok with where we are at, and accepting it and observing it and allowing it to pass. Pity normally means we've noticed we feel bad…
    in Self Pity Comment by karasti October 15
  • I think you'd need to spend some time digger deeper into what it really means to be "needed" because it pretty much all comes from ego. It's not always easy to figure out, but the answers are there. We aren't meant to be "incomplete" and then "whole…
  • For myself, I've found it's mostly my trust in my ability to handle things that gets better and thus makes life (generally) easier with age. My practice is a huge part of that happening, though.
    in Turning 30 Comment by karasti October 13
  • It is true that you are only as old as you feel and act. I'm almost 42, and I feel a million times better, in every possible way, than I did when I was 22. And for what it's worth, when I was 31 when I married my husband, and he was 23.
    in Turning 30 Comment by karasti October 13
  • When I've had such discussions with others, I look at it as an open door to a potentially interesting discussion, so I try not too slam the door in their face using my beliefs vs theirs. I might not agree with their conclusion, but it's not my life …
  • The cycle of samsara doesn't stop, even when we try to do the right thing. If we all gave up nuclear arsenals, lots of people would lose jobs there, too. People lose their jobs every day as we automate our world, buy more stuff online, start low car…
  • @Bunks part of the problem is that no one can force them to do anything, because they are a stand-alone entity unto themselves with extraordinary power. Any action has to come from congress, and they essentially own congress. that entire part of our…
  • @federica I believe strongly in that as well, but I don't know if I should just graciously accept the weight gain for now and know it won't last forever, or what. I'm afraid that even in adding healthy things like small amounts of root veggies, extr…
  • I think the drive to have sex is a pretty big one which is linked to the biological drive to procreate even if we don't consciously think of it that way. We can make the choice, but understanding and education help a lot here, and in the US we large…
  • @SpinyNorman well yeah, someone always is, and they are always connected to the politicians who make our laws. I just find it funny the logic they use to make such determinations.
  • For those that enjoy following my trials and tribulations, lol. I've still been having awful carb cravings. I did do the rice trick and had a little (half cup) of day old rice with my curry. I haven't been eating junk food, just added some more typi…
  • I think the difference to me would be that those who consider themselves living in poverty didn't choose poverty. There are quite a few people who are homeless by choice, who are nomads. Who live on and with very very little and often get by solely …
  • I was just trying to poorly put words to the Buddhist concept of rebirth, which of course not everyone believes in, which is fine best wishes to you of course as well, I enjoy the debate with people here because it is mostly a civil discussion with…
  • @techie there is a difference between meeting legal and justice department definitions for reporting and recording crimes, and calling it what it is. On their end, yes, specific requirements are necessary to properly record incidents of terrorism, o…
  • In part, because at least in the US, adopting is financially prohibitive for a whole lot of people who would love to do it. I have friends who have adopted kids as drug addicted toddlers, as abused young children, as unwanted teenagers..and it is ex…
  • @shadowleaver but where does the personal accountability for how your own life turned out, come in? You are talking as if that is just the natural course of life, and that anyone you would happen to bring into the world (no, I'm not trying to change…
  • The problem is, no matter what we think, what any of us thinks, gun laws won't change much because they can't change due to them being rights and not privileges. Until something happens that will ensure the US can make major changes to the constitut…
  • I think it is something, at this point, that has to be strongly considered. The problem I have with it is what was mentioned already, that the people who care about the environment, who care about others, who care about the planet and all of the iss…
  • the majority of Americans support gun control. Only about 40% of Americans own guns. But the gun lobby and politicians who take money from them are immense, and our wishes don't matter. Not until the issue is important enough to enough people to vot…
  • @silver it wasn't directed at you nor was it even written for this forum. It was just a general comment on what I see from a whole lot of people making comments about it. But I do think a lot of the time our so-called quest to understand is just ano…
  • @silver the news said they only started dating this past spring so she was a new girlfriend. On the flip side I wondered if he told her to leave the country, knowing what he had planned and wanted to make sure she wasn't held responsible in any way.…
  • I usually have to get off the computer entirely. I gotta get off my duff and get outside for some fresh air. Most days I know when I'm not in a mood to deal with the online world much, so I am cautious where I go. I come here, but mostly avoid soci…
  • I'd say it really depends on the person. Meditation is a wonderful tool. But it is not the whole toolbox, at least not for most. I'd suspect you'd find in further discussion with such people who make those claims about meditation that they have othe…
  • To add to the above, this is a little bit long and is mostly aimed at fitness but can be applied at anything. The guy is a classmate of mine and has always been a super-motivated individual. I wish I was that way, lol. But I found this to be a good …
  • Confidence comes in having success in all our various ventures. Seek out small things and recognize when you succeed at them, and build from there. What those are will vary greatly by person. For some, a week of daily showers and putting on clean cl…
  • @Mingle So what brings joy to your life? I ask because thinking back to other threads you created and comments you've made, you don't seem to have much of it. Or perhaps you do and you just bring the rest of it here to work through. You seem to have…