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DhammaDragon · Carpe Diem · Veteran

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  • @Tosh said: But nowadays, my concept of being happy is synonymous with feeling peaceful. Nirvana, to me, equals equanimity and inner peace. Many people say they want to be happy. I want inner peace.
  • I have more and more difficulty keeping up with virtual life. I find that time spent on the virtual world is time misspent in the real world. How do people who keep blogs, groups, and accounts on every seeming app in fashion juggle a real life? …
    in Blog Comment by DhammaDragon April 26
  • @ollaimh said: anyway i personally am tied of being told you can't ask questions by buddhists. of course i used to be a trial lawyer--so i was used to asking detailed and difficult questions. Buddhism lays a strong emphasis on the use of…
  • I have twitter and a FB page called "Tao and Zenpathy," where I post things that are too spiritual for my FB page. But I prefer to do journalling into an actual paper notebook, rather than finding one more excuse to be tied down to the virtual wo…
    in Blog Comment by DhammaDragon April 24
  • I always say that I am high on life, so I don't need any other intoxicants. I feel inebriated with life and there are moments when it does feel as if I were drunk or stoned. But it's a constant with me: I am positive and optimistic, and I don't d…
  • @techie said: We can't sit quietly in a room for twenty minutes. We become restless, we panic. We check the phone messages, watch tv, read a book, chat with friends. We can't even find peace with ourselves. Yet we want world peace. …
  • Our mind segregates thoughts the same way our stomach segregates gastric juices, @techie. It's not bad, it's not good: just a fact of life. But we are definitely under no obligation of buying into our every thought nor following after them, eith…
  • @lobster said: Well said @karasti. It is not what we say but how it is heard. Fifty percent of what we say depends on what people can or want to understand anyway... And no matter how watered down a speech is, people will not gladly …
  • @Kerome said: I find brevity an interesting exercise. Writing down my thoughts and then distilling them to the absolute essentials, the minimum number of words necessary to carry my meaning exactly. I have become very zen with the pass o…
  • Hurdles in life help us grow, find more skillful solutions to dealing with dukkha and ideally, not generating more dukkha ourselves. Suffering, psychological affliction, helps us grow and develop more skillful responses, become more resilient. Eg…
  • @Kerome said: When I first started drinking Yerba Mate I got some Mate Cocido which came in standard tea bags. It's apparently something less strong which they give to children amongst others. Might be worth a try for those who want something les…
  • @techie said: Can there ever be freedom as long as we're subject to the body? I am not subject to my body. My body is an aggregate that came included in the package. It deserves as much respect as the other aggregates. It can either …
  • @TheEccentric said: I'm 18 today. Finally legally old enough to violate the 5th precept Precepts are not commandments. One does not violate precepts. One either accepts them as a logical recipe to cope with dukkha and also accepts tha…
  • @lobster said: All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation._ http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/lifebuddha/2_31lbud.htm I prefer Woodward and Thero's translatio…
  • Ohhh, my... Divine decadence is killing me... I swear I am mostly vegetarian, but how can I possibly resist?
  • @Hozan said: @dhammachick said: @Shoshin said: My body is my temple ... however, it needs a bit of renovation every now and again Mine needs reconstruction Mine needs demoliti…
  • Yerba mate in tea bags tastes so much better when drank with hot milk, as a chai tea, @Hozan. The real deal can be shocking for the gringos It takes some getting used to...
  • @lobster said: @DhammaDragon said: But I have found more strength in my own resilience than in the comfort of fairy tales. Tee Hee! More strength in yang than yin ha? I am both yin and yang, @lobster. To quote…
  • I have completely forgotten mate tea!! I drink a lot of mate tea from the gourd, especially here in Argentina...
  • I buy my pure matcha from a German drugstore because it is inexpensive. Then I drink matcha (2%), green tea and herbal tea varieties from Pukkha and Yogi brands. I like ginseng, tulsi, ginger and adore Pukkha's "Three Licorice" as a sort of after-…
  • @Hozan said: @DhammaDragon thank you for the recommendation. I havent had coffee in weeks but loving my green tea every day. Making pots of it! I'll drink a mug to that
  • No, @ollaimh. You are too new to know that I am not well-known on the site for my proficiency in the Right Speech domain
  • I have been out and about in Buenos Aires the past weeks and have a couple more to come... I know life is dukkha and impermanence but ohhhh... the life of the senses and beloved friends in the land of Tango....
  • If I dare post anything concerning Right Speech, @federica will close the thread and ban me for good...
  • I am a creationist: I believe man created god. To find solace from dukkha and impermanence. But I have found more strength in my own resilience than in the comfort of fairy tales.
  • Why do I always come late to these discussions, gee? @spiderlily: I see absolutely no contradiction between being sexy and feminine on the one hand, and my Buddhist beliefs on the other. I am a Buddhist, and I am also a sexual person. I have n…
  • Happy aggregates birthday, Fede!!! @federica May you return for a couple of samsaras roll more
  • @grackle said: @eggsavior. I think what you are seeking can be found in Kuan Shih Yin Pusa. Many Asian buddhists I have known would tell you of her great compassion. But there is a fine book by John Blofeld."Bodhisattva of Compassion". Please rea…
  • @SpinyNorman said: The problem is that some of the older translations have an old-fashioned Biblical style, which seems incongruous. For me Bhikkhu Bodhi is the gold standard for sutta translation. I like Bikkhu Bodhi too. He has taken …
  • I am very fond of rare books on Buddhism and have some beautiful late 19th century / early 20th century editions. There are considerable differences with modern translations, and I can't say I always prefer the modern ones, lol. I still have probl…
  • @SpinyNorman said: Yes, I meditated with eyes wide open for some years in a Dzogchen school, it felt odd meditating with eyes closed again after that experience. Pros and cons really, it's worth experimenting with though. With eyes open there …
  • The Buddha was always in personal contact with people, his sangha, his family, @eggsavior. People invited him to stay for long periods in their estates and there he imparted teachings to groups of different sizes. All suttas are adressed to someon…
  • Beautiful, @Refugee
  • Countdown, Fede... @federica
  • All I can say about my personal fears, is that I deal with them as they drift within the range of my consciousness. And no fear has been too strong to paralyze me from doing whatever I needed to do. As to the fear of death, I was to a Mexican b…
  • I don't know if I am mellowing with age, but I shun both overthinking and overtalking. Overthinking is a useless waste of "be-here-now" precious present moments, either to drift off into an unchangeable past or into an unforeseeable future. Too …
  • I seldom use Youtube. I need to read, rather than hear people talking...
  • I don't understand this game... Anyone calling the roll, @Hozan ?
  • I use Facebook to keep my friends overseas updated with my life. I also use Twitter and Instagram. And the IT social corpus. But try to spend as little time on all as possible. I have piles of books to read...
    in Twitter Comment by DhammaDragon March 23
  • The Buddha did not indulge in metaphysical speculation. If not pondering on where we come from and what happens in the afterlife was good enough for him, then it is good enough for me. I think, @Tony1853, that the most important thing we need to…