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  • This article, and Fronsdal's book by extension, @Kerome, confirms many suspicions I had about the Buddha's original teachings, especially around rebirth. Personally, I cannot say I do not believe in rebirth. But given all the workload I already…
  • So I was in for a couple surprises yesterday. The first one: I got this huge hardcover edition book of Jack Kerouac's "Some of the Dharma," which is full of notes and ramblings and quotes by the writer on his path to Nirvana. An absolute beauty…
  • Facebook warned me your birthday is tomorrow, @dhammachick... Happy samsaric stint renewal!! 🐉 💕 😙 🌺 💟😂
  • Well, according to my age, weight and height, I have been advised to eat 1800 calories. Honestly, I find it's a lot. Some days I reach that amount -rough estimate, since I only count on my two days of fasting- and others I guess I don't. My t…
  • @lobster said: @federica said: Damn. Now, our days get shorter.... Welcome to the Dark Side ... Please don't, @lobster. This dark side stuff leads to unskilful thinking for me, as in how my childhood infat…
  • How many grams of nuts are considered a normal portion for snacking? I bought a package today, and the portion is measured by 30 gr. That does not seem like much And how come coconut oil has no carbs, but a coconut mousse spread I bought has p…
  • We are in no hurry, @Kerome and @eggsavior. So we can wait till everyone interested has the book
  • To me, it's as simple as there is the Dharma wood, and there are the trees. Either we grasp the whole picture of what Buddhadharma really stands for, aka cessation of dukkha, or we get lost in the trees of minutiae such as squandering time on poi…
  • I think we average citizens have little awareness of the power games that take place behind higher echelons' closed doors. And less and less power of decision over our government's choices.
  • Different schools of Buddhism appeal to different personalities. I use to sing the Heart Sutra when I go through my daily routine of mala praying. The Heart Sutra is like the picture that is worth a thousand words: either you grasp it in a nano…
  • @techie said: @paulyso said: sorry lobster and damma dragon,my spelling is horrible,i am happy the moderator have been kind to overlook it. my browser is limited.cant produce capitals,paragraphs,or what not. I think th…
  • @Dubitator314 said: It was actually helpful to understand how lay Buddhists grapple, or don't, with such matters. HH the Dalai Lama always says that if a new scientific discovery contradicts a Buddhist teaching, then the Buddhist teaching…
  • @lobster said: I believe and will be sticking with Nothing The lonely Dharma steppenwolf...
  • Sorry for getting sidetracked, but I have a passion for old books. I am not sure I could ever buy a kindle. I love rare, Buddhist books and underline them and highlight them voraciously. This 1896 edition of Henry Clarke Warren's "Buddhism in…
  • @namarupa said: I remember a monk telling me that sañña/perception is also memory. So as it relates to your question, memory/perception/sañña does arise. I have to use it to understand what I am reading or looking at. We seldom simply "…
  • In our household, it's a sort of Pavlov reflex, Fede. We sit down to watch tv, and our bodies automatically crave snacks. We simply must eat something in front of the tv... I have tried to counteract the habit by drinking tea or mate tea. So…
  • I was probably an early bloomer by Western standards, having began with Taoism at nine, in a household where there was no contact with Far East cultures at all. Still, it is with the macrocontext of experience accumulated through growing in years …
  • When I really swear, I do not involve any religion/philosophy-related characters because I simply use gutter linguistic material and that would be irreverent even for a heathen like me. But to express surprise in common daily parlance, I do use t…
  • My quibble with TB has been what @person expressed. The four attachments (upadanas) consist in clinging to sensuality, clinging to views or opinions, clinging to rules or rituals, and clinging to notions of self. I have often felt that this em…
  • In fact, all the snacks we buy are carbs: crisps, wholemeal sticks... there is a whole attitude which has to gradually change in our family. Probably buy more mozzarella sticks, olives, nuts, boiled eggs. My husband, for one, simply won't give u…
  • Sorry, @karasti and @person, but some people are eager to participate, yet they do not have the book. If you agree, please let us wait a bit until everyone is ready to start🐉👍
  • @Hozan said: Really looking forward to start! Unfortunately amazon emailed to say my expected delivery date is 27th June. Don't know why that long? Usually things arrive much quicker. I will email to see if it can be expedited! I usually …
  • I survived... It was not that bad, actually, except for the bugs part. Most of the time I napped, read my book and watched my son dive from the springboard🐉👍
  • I have shooed away at least five insects from my arms and legs in five minutes. I mean, how many more of these bugs can there be????😢🐉
  • Hubby was down with fever last weekend and is not top fit yet. So I have been dragged along to the swimming-pool to give him a hand with our son and a friend of his. I hate every second of it.... Here I am, lying on the grass, in a shady corn…
  • I have copied and pasted here the general notes I observed from Gil Fronsdal's introduction to the book, as already posted in the original thread, with some changes or updates. Fronsdal finds four main themes in the book: 1) Letting go of views…
  • I like that, Fede. Let's see what other people think. And please give us a hand when the moment comes.... I'm so poor with this technological stuff...🐉
  • Well... I do have this strange way of being able to recognize a perception as such, hopefully not engage when it triggers negative feelings.... But also have this all-encompassing view of not making a distinction between perception and perceiver. …
  • I still think the chapter by chapter analysis will help better grasp concepts step by step. In the introduction, Fronsdal does bind chapters according to themes. We could take it from there too. I am going slowly in my reading because I prefer …
  • Fede and @karasti: I thank you both for the info, and Fede, I am soooo not cross. It's just that part of my coping mechanism when I have to accept something that goes against my pleasures is striving to haggle and weasel out with some compromise …
  • Who gets the jackpot? 🐉😙
  • My breakfast was a slice of protein bread (at least 65% less carbs than normal bread) with a vegan cashew mousse that I adore. Almond mousse has far less carbs, but cashew tastes so much better... Lunch was a tuna and mixed salad. Dinner was…
  • What about Haemin Sunim's "The Things you can see only when you slow down" or some book of songs of Milarepa? They are excellent reading for times of transition, and will relax your mind rather than set it off in overthinking mode... 🐉💕
  • As soon as everyone gets the book, we will begin a separate thread for the introduction and the sixteen different chapters, then 🐉🙏👍
  • @federica said: So by all means, lay on your Roman Villa couch, clad in nothing but a silk gossamer gown and fanned by two muscular, Rugby-playing, oiled-chested Adonis-type man-servants, being fed tasty morsels on a silver fork, by an attentive …
  • @techie said: @DhammaDragon said: @Shoshin said: "The most essential method which includes all other methods is to behold the Mind...The Mind is the root from which all things grow...If one can understand the Min…
  • It's a twice a week 500-calorie sacrifice, Fede. I can feast hedonistically the rest of the week. Which, as I have described above, is a rather wholesome feast...
  • Believe me, @Vastmind: for a simple, starter Dharma pack, nothing beats this simple routine.
  • @paulyso said: sorry lobster and damma dragon,my spelling is horrible,i am happy the moderator have been kind to overlook it. my browser is limited.cant produce capitals,paragraphs,or what not. I have just learned to use my silly tablet k…
  • @Shoshin said: "The most essential method which includes all other methods is to behold the Mind...The Mind is the root from which all things grow...If one can understand the Mind...Everything else is included !" ~BodhiDharma~ This…
  • I am fed up with all the violence displayed in most series in Netflix. My mindful consumption of tv consists in falling asleep on the couch whenever we put our son to sleep and sit down to watch tv on our own.
  • We love to pick up a koan randomly and analyze it, but truth is teachers would give a specific koan to a specific pupil according to his specific needs and stage of development. So while some koans are easier to figure out, others are rather usele…
  • I did post some points from the introduction, but will wait till we are all set to go for further comments. I think discussing by chapters is better, since they are only sixteen, and not really long.
  • I have the feeling people tend to define as closed-minded the people whose ideas don't match their own
  • I don't plan to go anywhere. I have no plan. I am very happy here and now, in my samsara in nirvana. I have this routine of reading every morning the Five Mindfulness practices, the Discourse on Happiness, the sutta on the Better Way to live …
  • @karasti said: I love broccoli raw but cannot eat it cooked without it covered in copious amounts of cheese, lol. I don't like cooked spinach either but love it otherwise. Slightly cooked/wilted is ok. But cooked through. ugh. can't do it. Frozen…
  • This is a more modern version for the whole Sutta Nipata: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/ And a more direct link to the Atthakavagga sutta: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/atthakavagga.html
  • That is the whole sutta nipata, my beloved but rather dated Fausböll version, @lobster
  • @lobster said: @paulyso haz plan but no spell checker: Yes, @paulyso: something's wrong with your spelling system, lol...
  • In the "Who's online?" section, there appears a cryptic "Deleted user." How the Buddha does a user get deleted, self deleted or even appear as deleted?