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  • @lobster said: @mindatrisk said: Sorry, explain a bit more... I don't find silence and emptiness hard (all be it, I haven't done six months of it), but what is the fall-out? I don't have a sangha. I'm a lone w…
  • @techie said: @mindatrisk said: @federica said: Solitary confinement is used as a punishment in gaols and long-term High-security prisons. A self-imposed confinement may be beneficial to you, in many ways …
  • @Nirvana said: If I could be in your shoes I'd be sure to have along plenty of exclusively nonfiction books/ebooks and bar all movies, television, and internet while in "isolation" periods. But I'd have no idea of what to do when my mind s…
  • Are you enlightened? No? Then you probably suck. You are probably the nicest amongst your peer group, but given the planet you inhabit, this counts for little. You are likely infected with endless nuances and shades of selfishness that upse…
  • @Kerome said: In my recent course of basic Buddhist concepts at the local Tibetan centre (Gelug), the monk was explaining karma and he said, "even intense thoughts can leave a karmic imprint". Now it occurs to me that computer games generate pret…
  • I've found it very difficult to maintain a consistent practice over the years. I suppose I started to meditate over ten years ago now, but it's always been on and off, and so the longest I've meditated in one sitting is about 90 minutes, although th…
  • @person said: @federica said: Why disturb yourself with such horror, when everything REALLY happening in the world right now is enough to even make Stephen King feel uneasy?? You got me to ask myself the question, why…
  • I like The Wire the best.
  • @federica said: Solitary confinement is used as a punishment in gaols and long-term High-security prisons. A self-imposed confinement may be beneficial to you, in many ways (as it's out of personal choice) but that will not eliminate any possi…
  • I think renunciation is all relative. Milarepa giving up clothing is like someone now giving up their smart phone. It'll all happen naturally. These things fall away... not through a particular effort, but their own redundancy in your life as a tool…
  • @satcittananda said: As someone who has done this kinda thing, be prepared for the fallout... I am talking metaphorically, but if you are really going on a long retreat, but find silence and emptiness hard to deal with, please bring back t…
  • Thank you everyone. I am good at adapting now. In my early days I was very rigid and very firm, and, consequentially, very hard on myself when I 'failed'. I have the six months no matter what. I can do two months and then take a week off - or whatev…
  • @federica said: Well, One day you're at Westminster. Then there's an attack. One week you're in Stockholm. Then there's an attack. One day you want to go to London Bridge. Then there's an attack. One day you go to Barcelona. …
  • @federica said: Have you stopped to consider that, rather than finding yourself a protagonist in a series of life -changing events, you might actually be the common denominator?? Explain a bit more...
  • Your conscience is going to make you feel very uncomfortable at times, but it will also save your ass so many times and to such a profound degree that it is always, always, always worth following, even if the rational mind has other thoughts. Your c…
  • One technique is to just reflect on all the things you know little or nothing about... baking, Tai Chi, knitting, carpentry, online sales, advertising, Chinese cookery, physics, and so on. Soon you will realise that you, basically, know nothing abou…
  • Thanks for the responses. I've experienced 'syncronicities' before, and have accepted them as part and parcel of the spiritual path, on the basis that the true nature of reality is far beyond what we are privy to. But this is a bit more startling an…
  • @vinlyn said: @mindatrisk said: The teachings are rational and have beneficial results for myself and others. That's nice. But people of all religions feel the same about theirs. Still the reason 'why Buddhism…
  • The teachings are rational and have beneficial results for myself and others.
  • I see it as a game. There was once a time in the early days of the universe when no life existed, and, so, no love. Now there is life and love in the universe. The game, to me, is simply to bring more love into existence. This world challenges our c…
  • @vinlyn said: Interesting post. Gentle and nice is a constant goal for me, but it doesn't always solve issues, particularly (for example) in the work/professional world. It can do. Just persevere, if only as an experiment. That persi…
  • Went through break up a few months ago. A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead was a constant...
  • There are a lot of teachers who've built their own pedestals who then find themselves severely lacking and so build teachings around how that lacking is actually 'spiritual'.
  • I've found in life that, when I'm not punching people in the face, people tend not to punch me in the face.
  • @grackle said: Perhaps you were in uniform and witnessed soldiers kill babies. I did not when I was in uniform. There is no place quite so confusing as the crucible of armed combat. The mindful soldier because of his ability to notice has a bette…
  • @karasti said: Plenty of people, mostly of the Christian persuasion, once a Muslim friend suggested it as well. Often they are complete strangers but it comes from family and friends sometimes. They always finish the conversation with "I'm so sor…
  • @grackle said: Gee I thought I was at NB not new mindfulness. It takes a lifetime to understand Buddhism imo. All the better that we all begin our journey asap then! Imagine how many people will begin their journey into understanding Budd…
  • @Kerome said: Mindfulness on its own is useful, but I think insight meditation might be even more so. Let's hope some people graduate to the more advanced techniques. They will, of course! It would be against human nature not to desire gr…
  • @grackle said: You sound exactly like a friend of mine who is deeply into New Age teachings. Maybe I am your friend! Imagine that!
  • @grackle said: I have seen soldiers develop a high degree of mindfulness while in combat. They come back intact. But as young soldiers they are far from a spiritual path. They remain the same profane creatures as they were before going to war. …
  • @grackle said: On the path intension is everything. Lord Buddha revealed to us the path of liberation. In the age of decline many counterfeit teachings will be proclaimed as truth. That such spurious feel good teachings will be seen as equal to w…
  • @SpinyNorman said: @mindatrisk said:> Any thoughts or pointers? It would be much appreciated. Thank you. It sounds exciting, but I think the devil will be in the detail, particularly in terms of the involvement of the si…
  • @federica said: How's that for starters? Great! Thank you! I think we are covered on all of the above. It is off-grid, so it is simple living, but I think that appeals to many. The 'market' I'd aim for would be more monks and nuns th…
  • @nakazcid said: Super-cheesy 70's soft rock. What can I say, I find it relaxing. I used to listen to heavy metal and alternative music (Tool and Nirvana, anyone?) I found that while the music was artistically advanced, and had a strong effect on …
  • Y'all should try chess.
  • New Radiohead album.
  • I'm 33.
  • @genkaku said: @mindatrisk -- A Zen teacher once observed, "Silence is golden and sometimes its color is pure yellow." I call that an observation worth heeding. If your calling cannot enter the fray of human discourse -- even at the risk of s…
  • I appreciate this invitation because i'm someone who has felt a very strong sense of calling since I was 18, but it's something that embarrasses me to talk about, so no-one in my life knows the details of what I feel I am here to do, and this has so…
  • @how said: @mindatrisk I think I have seen far more delusion than enlightenment eventually evolve from folks trying to use greed positively, to ever promote it as a Dharma. Mostly it seems to offer short term gains for long term los…
  • @lobster said: ^^^ Exactly so. I am going to 'spare one minute to my swimming' is ridiculous if one is already drowning. That really is the situation and the one minute advice may suit the fickle minded and latest Facebook fad ge…
  • I don't have much in material goods to give away, although when my heart is prompted I do give (relatively) generously. However, in terms of giving, this is a very base and superficial thing. What I am able to give is my time, my patience, my empath…
  • @Jeffrey said: As a counter point perhaps: My advice is very simple. Don't go too much with your feelings. I'll give you an example, sometimes you really don't want to sit and practice meditation... Just sit! Sit down. Cut …
  • @how said: I do not think that the real issue is about the quality of the meditation instructions for new folks.. The real problem here is being unable to accept that most folks, just don't stay with a meditation practice, regardless o…