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  • So sad. It always seems especially so when targets are young people specifically. Sending metta to all. I hope so many of the missing are located and reunited with their families.
    in MANCHESTER Comment by karasti 1:28AM
  • The only karma I worry about is right now. What consequences do my actions, words and thoughts have, right now? What can I do to make things right that I did wrong yesterday? What can I do better today? I can't know whether past life karma is real o…
  • It's interesting to me how common Catholic schools are in some areas. I live in a state that has a lot of Lutherans, I guess. We don't have religious schools in or near where I live, and few of them even in the larger cities. Compared to many areas,…
  • I did a lot of tourism along the way. I feel at home now. But I do tend to get restless and so you never know what that goes, lol. I have wanderlust in many area of my life. But I find far more value in my practice in Buddhism than I did in anything…
  • You have to do what is right for your family. But I admittedly am a bit confused by the idea that you would have him baptised, attend Catholic school, eventually receive first communion and confirmation as part of that, in part due to a desire for a…
  • Why worry about something that hasn't yet happened then? You make it sound as if you are living from a place where you not only worry you will never have positive feelings again, but that you expect that to happen and are trying to find a solution b…
  • Your perception that there is nothing worth living for other than feeling good is skewed by your mental illness. That doesn't make that vast majority of experiences wrong or Buddhism's beliefs or definitions incorrect. it just means it doesn't work …
  • Transcending doesn't mean living a devoid life. It means recognizing that all of those things are empty of inherent structure and meaning and are unnecessary. But again, that is one of the more difficult Buddhist concepts for even avid students to g…
  • It's hard to convince a group of Buddhists they are wrong when your understanding of what they believe and practice is so limited. It is an intense and personal discovery that occurs over a lengthy period of time and cannot simply be discussed in th…
  • I am curious what your purpose is in coming here? You obviously don't know much about Buddhism at all, so I assume you aren't a Buddhist, lol. FWIW this is a great place to learn about it. But it seems to me like you got in a discussion online with …
  • There are many people here who deal and have dealt with severe depression, addiction, schizophrenia and other mental illness issues. Based on several years of discussions with them, I don't believe they would agree with your assessment of Buddhism i…
  • Ok? The thing is, for me personally, I love hearing new/different perspectives. I don't like when people show up brand new to a forum (this or any other) and attempt to "school" the community about why everything they think they know is incorrect. …
  • I mostly fear the consequence of getting smashed into by a logging truck if I don't stop for the magic red light, lol. Our town has 2 stoplights. But when I lived in a bigger city I emailed for a while with a traffic engineer who told me all about h…
  • For me, I don't hide it, it just rarely comes up. I just don't going around wearing "I am a Buddhist" tshirts or something like that, lol. I don't hide who I am or what I believe and talk about it openly. Just no one thinks to ask! Sometimes I have …
  • Love your story @grackle. It makes me wonder then how we have strayed so far from what should be our nature. It reminds me of my son, who when he was younger would do his homework, and then hide it, never turning it in. He worked harder to receive a…
  • It is always interesting that people have a tendency to push curiosity to the point of self-destruction when it seems obvious to others of us exactly that they are doing. I wonder what AI would do with the world if it did us all in. It seems AI woul…
  • I always loved this poem. It gives me goosebumps! what they did yesterday afternoon by warsan shire they set my aunts house on fire i cried the way women on tv do folding at the middle like a five pound note. i called the boy who use to…
  • I have sensed that as well. It is an interesting thing. Just like our brains are huge networks, so is, I think, consciousness. More things than we have tended to believe have consciousness of some sort. I found this article intriguing http://voices…
  • I have found that over a period of time, I am set enough with my teacher's "educational plan" to explore other teachers and not get so confused. The internet is another thing for me because it's so hard to discern what is good information. Not that …
  • We haz wisnorance! Ignordom?
  • Some people are completely nuts about anyone who isn't Christian. Of course, they are the most vocal. Most people I know don't care, and if they do they don't talk about it to your face (but probably behind your back). I don't hide my beliefs but I …
  • Living in a small town, that is just a normal part of life. You know all your neighbors and most of their family history and almost everyone else in town, too. You check on each other and you help them (for no cost) if you have the ability and skill…
  • I don't think it was your comments so much @Kerome but more @SpinyNorman. Also, it was probably too early for me and if I had waited until later in the day it probably wouldn't have rubbed me the wrong way, because it doesn't now, lol. Apparently it…
  • My husband would probably like if I got an outfit like that
  • Drinks in London sounds divine to me @federica! Or Australia!
  • I'm not sure where you got the idea that it's all study and rote-learning? At least for me, that is not how it is at all. I actually study far less than most people I know as there is an intense focus on practice rather than study. I could probably …
  • I live in a town of 3000 people, so my teacher is 250 miles away, lol. Only the foundation of Buddhism carries through all of Theraveda, Mahayana and Vajrayana schools. Beyond the foundation, things vary a lot. I don't think one can expect to be …
  • ...when people take important concepts too far. Such as: When students rally to close down helpful yoga programs for disabled people because they think yoga is culture misappropriation. When a lady I know refused to ask for help at work openi…
  • I also think it is true that most of us don't listen for the sake of listening but rather solely for the chance to respond. This has been really hard to start working away from, for me. There are times I am reading something and the itch to respond …
  • Such studies are not meant to be casual studies done from youtube and internet reading, that is why. Some people within the traditions have feared that the information will be lost because so few monastics are going those routes. The fear of those t…
  • It is not something we achieve but rather something we already are and just haven't found yet. Like when I go metal detecting. When I finally uncover something, it's not that it wasn't there before. I just had to dig through the dirt to find it. …
  • You can only do whatever you can do. Be honest and straight-forward with whoever necessary to get the matter addressed. But beyond that, all you can do is practice letting go of expectations of the outcome if you cannot control it. Obviously, yellin…
  • If you are already working with management on it, I'm not sure there is much more you can do without risking causing more/worse problems. Do you have the discretion or power to speak to the management of the other section? Or is that what your manag…
  • Anoka county is much more urban now, but it has its roots in rural life, and many of the people there maintain that same viewpoint and refusal to change their views. They suffer many of the same problems as rural people as a result, such as high sui…
  • The one place we have a chance to make a difference is in education, but we so far have no interest in it. Study after study shows how much difference teaching emotional intelligence, meditation and mindfulness to young children makes. But when the …
  • We have to create that environment in ourselves. A lot of the reason that it's more tense now is because rural people know how urban people think of them as uneducated, backwards folks. Before, the 2 sides didn't interact much. It wasn't common for …
  • I am not sure people really want to understand each other. Most of the time when we claim to want to understand, we want an explanation that allows us to further cling to our beliefs. We are looking for that person to help us cement our beliefs, and…
  • @newlotus Yep, he said it. Also at the same retreat when a student expressed concern about having driven to the retreat and used fossil fuels and whether it's ok to do that in exchange for receiving teaching, the same teacher laughed and said it d…
  • @Dakini my husband and I are both doing low carb right now to lose excess weight, and yesterday was his birthday so we had to find low carb dessert options, lol. We just substituted splenda for the sugar and did a no crust cheesecake with sour cream…
  • When it thunderstorms and the whole house shakes from the thunder and the lightning cracks make my ears ring The dog leans against me so hard we both almost fall over Low-carb cheesecake turns out better than you expected Every morning after fr…
  • Our ferrets just steal our socks, bite our toes, and poop in the one corner they are not supposed to! But they are lovely and entertaining friends just the same.
  • It is prime fern time here, actually. I should check that out. A friend just posted a picture of fiddleheads this morning. Of course, it is now expected to rain for 3 days straight!
  • @maarten I never said you shouldn't say anything. I was mostly addressing Spiny's comment that anyone who doesn't stop eating meat is uncaring. Which isn't true. And the suggestion that even when someone knows better means they can make changes. No…
  • Yes, the terms can be confused. But that is where "know your audience" comes into play. If you know the person well enough to discuss the topic with them, most of the time you know how to speak so they will listen. Preaching is when you are addressi…
  • @grackle it has nothing to do with arrogance. None of us has the job of telling others what to do with their choices in life. Telling someone else that we know what is best for them is just silly. There are far too many causes and conditions in each…
  • That is very true. Plus the soil we use is often depleted of nutrients and even the water we use is full of crap. We are lucky to live in an area that has ample foraging opportunities. We pick enough berries to last the whole year during just one we…
  • I think that veggies would be less of an issue if we were eating wild game more. I will check out your references. I think when the animals are getting adequate nutrition, we can then it get from them. But not if your meat is mostly coming from fact…