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  • How well are you coping with dukkha? Not well but trying to apply everything buddhist and non-buddhist to help. Dukkha is like fire, there's many ways to put it out, prevent it, but we kind of need to use it sometimes too.
  • Having a right mind means having everything needed for a successful navigation and travel.
  • I think the best way to understand it is that it's similar to equanimity. So what is equanimity? A monk once told me that equanimity is kind of like "letting go without the stress"
  • Depending on the level of anxiety, you can try different approaches. Walking meditation, or simply go for a walk in the park or somewhere peaceful. Relax and perhaps try to use mindfulness to look at the thoughts that arises while you are relaxing…
  • Maintaining the theme of “no harm” to oneself or others while keeping an ego, is the reason to practice mindfulness, to be aware and keep from harm.
    in The Ego Comment by namarupa September 11
  • @lobster said: @namarupa said: Death meditation will help. Which one? Traditional Theravadin meditation on corpses in various stage of decay may be against the leasing/rent agreement. Also you may have some explaini…
  • @Kerome Death meditation will help.
  • I've seen an object move by itself. That's about it. And I'm positive there were no wnid, earthquakes, or anyone pulling a prank. I didn't jump from my seat though. It just made me think about it, and recall it from time to time.
  • Personal is not a bad thing, and the universe is comprised of everything including “personal”. Just have to correctly differentiate between the two when it’s called for.
  • Wacthed the video and agree with Ajahn. As a side note, right listening is also part of right speech because you have to listen to how it sounds in your head, as you say it, and how others respond to it.
  • I know plenty will correct me, but I think the precepts are guidelines as opposed to hard set rules. Even monks are allowed to confess certain precepts as a method of resolve. I would rather believe they are there to help than to hinder. It’s a w…
  • A truth junction for all beings and all planes of existence...my weak guess.
  • Waves have high and low intensities. When the intensity is low, it’s more of a natural rhythm than a drawback.
  • In my view, everything seems to be moving in a myriad vortex. We should not create nor get sucked in to that vortex, but keeping in mind we are part of that cycle regardless. It’s possible that the mind is key. When the mind is nothing but pure…
  • I’m surrounded by trump voters where I work, not the violent kind. I am certain judging by their silence that they share the frustration that others are feeling. I just want people to make smarter choices. I don’t think most people voted with a…
  • That was just my opinion and interpretation. I’m sure it can be understood others ways that may be more fitting to that person. Fresh to me means self replenishing, Solid to me means self retaining Free to me means not bonded I thought …
  • @federica said: I don't find that analogy or simile to be fitting, in my view.... Water is a moveable feast; it adapts to its surroundings, goes with the flow, and changes according to the elemental environment. Water that is always still, stagna…
  • Water is not a solid, but it always the same components that make it pure. In my opinion, he could be referring to water.
  • Right awareness will lead to the cessation of cravings...and so forth.
  • It helps to understand that the purpose of meditation on impermanence, suffering, and not self, is to practice the mind into seeing the true nature things. When the mind has no doubt what so ever that what it sees is the truth, then everything will…
  • The Buddhist path has three main pillars, virtues, meditation, and wisdom. If you can maintain the 5 precepts with ease, then meditation and wisdom will come naturally along this Buddhist path. The path is considered a path to freedom from sufferi…
  • As long as you’re paddling it’s always productive.
  • You can induce a calmness of the mind and body to a medicinal effect with enough meditation practice. It’s actually better for your body than any opioid or drugs, and should be more favorable healthwise in my opinion. Of course being addicted to a…
    in Drugees Comment by namarupa May 10
  • Bodily turmoils turn into distant memories eventually
  • Namaste @BikkhuJayasara Thank you for your much appreciated insights. The life of a villager is beyond overrated. The joy of freedom will eventually find you. Metta
  • @Shoshin said: No doubt there are many benefits , however one that comes to mind (pun intended) is .... The practice of mindfulness in everyday life help one to develop an alertness of mind which acts like a buffer zone between thought and…
  • @Bunks said: I hope this post finds you all well? 🙏 I'm trying to work on letting stuff go. Particularly at work. My day at work has become more unpredictable recently and, as something of a controller, I'm finding it difficult to adjust. …
  • For those that struggle with monkey mind at the moment, it might help to just sit and think about the running thoughts for a moment before actually sitting. Like warming up the cushion so to speak?
  • Perhaps inspiration is an important factor to a good meditation. If that is the case then we should try to perserve it. How? I guess one way would be to be less judgemental and just do it. Only if it doesn't cause suffering for anyone including …
  • Just wanted to share this. https://www.facebook.com/creeativeideas/videos/1902189043390361/
  • @mindatrisk said: I've been blessed with a set of circumstances that means I can, more or less, be in solitude retreat for six months. I've done silent retreats for a week or so a few times in the past where circumstances have allowed, but obviou…
  • A "beginner's mind" is the anecdote for an analytical mind. It might help a little to notice when you're being analytical, but don't do anything other than watch. The analytical mind is the same as the "monkey mind", and you would deal with it the…
  • When do you find yourself breathing normally and with ease? Then ask yourself what is different about that time and when you're meditating. If it's nothing more than just the sitting or the act of meditating itself then it's quite normal and j…
  • "You'll have to face it one of these days anyways" "It's better to learn to cope with it before it happens, than to fear it and let it keep bothering you" are some things I try to keep telling myself.
  • How to live? Like every day is your last, leaning towards...this life is your last.
  • Why did upekka get banned? It didn't look like he was being offensive at all. ?
    in Mx Angry Comment by namarupa July 2017
  • If you just take one noble truth and ask yourself, is this true? It's a life changer.
  • Without Buddhism I don't know where I'd be, either dead, insane, or 1000 times more depressed than I already am maybe. Perhaps anger is not just something to be unrooted this lifetime. Perhaps maybe I decided last lifetime to unroot it, I don't …
    in Mx Angry Comment by namarupa July 2017
  • As ex-Thai Theravada Buddhist monk, I can tell you that that is just a proper way to bow as taught from monastics to other monastics, and also to lay people as well. Why must there be a proper way versus any form of bowing? I think it was develope…
  • There's a level of greed, desire, anger, hate, delusion, and ignorance where they arise and pass away without giving us any trouble. There's also another level where they take over our being completely and leave us in more trouble than we can handl…
  • 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.
  • Prayers to the victims, friends, and families. Metta
    in MANCHESTER Comment by namarupa May 2017
  • There are times when we might not have an answer, and not know what to do or think. That could be the time when we have to just accept and move on. There might not be an answer for everything. Just letting go of it is all that is needed.