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  • "If the yogin can stop speaking, He is able to practice Dharma"...Pandita Vimalamitra. I myself do not have a phone, smart or otherwise and recently had a few months break from the web. Moderation in the world of readily available information....
  • I stopped using insight timer for some unknown reason, rejoined yesterday and the NB group. Would be nice to make something of it,
  • Try this, I find Ven Rob very accessible .....
  • Good to hear. I have PTSD from my time in the police, I find mindfulness and living simply, openly and honestly works a treat. Quiet times and meditation are vital. All the best toy you for the future,
  • Now that's a place for a retreat!
    in ye olde book Comment by JohnMac March 20
  • I was born and grew up near to Kilmartin in Scotland, which has an amazing amount of Neolithic sites including standing stones and circles, I visit every time I'm home, not sure why, something in my DNA makes me go...
    in ye olde book Comment by JohnMac March 20
  • @Hozan said: @JohnMac sounds like a beautiful place to live. It is Indeed, we love it.
  • @Hozan said: Thank you @JohnMac . Are you in Ireland too or facing the Atlantic from the east coast of US ? I live in the Canary Islands, on the island of Fuerteventura, so from the beach near my house I look straight across to Florida!..…
  • I think it's a great idea to do ones vows at home, I did something similar in a forest near my home and repeat them regularly on a beach facing the Atlantic where I live now. Like you, I have no access to a center as I live on a remote island, and I…
  • And you can do something about it...critical that is, to me.
  • Short and to the point.....
  • Thich Nhat Hahn, superficial? I think not.
  • Here is another passage I hope might be helpful Everyday is a Good Day - by Nonin Chowaney A couple of years ago, it snowed in Omaha on April 29th. I had wanted to work in the garden that day and when I looked out the window, my heart sank. …
  • I am reading 'Nothing Special' by Charlotte Joko Beck this evening and the following passage seemed relevant ' Practice has to be a process of endless disappointment. We have to see that everything we demand (and even get) eventually disappoints …
  • Sitting in the muck is all there is
  • I found the chapter on doing Zazen in Uchiyama's 'Opening the hand of thought' very beneficial
  • @genkaku said: I don't know where ' failure' was mentioned @JohnMac -- Doesn't improvement by its nature suggest failure heretofore? Not to me. Why do things have to be judged in terms of failure or improvement? I…
  • @genkaku said: Failure is pretty damned important in Buddhism. Neglecting it would be foolish, but then, acknowledging it might not be a constructive use of time either. And, without disrespect, does anyone else find it slightly ludicrous to watc…
  • @Swaroop said: The noise and the clutter is ok. But the guy with the camera jumping over him again and again must have been really annoying Or maybe not....
  • Thank you Shoshin, that's a very good video. I was kind of trying to work out what it was in Nishijima's video that resonated so strongly, and in my original post I mentioned 'noise' ....I get it now...noise and sound. Things have just become a litt…
  • Great Lobster! Love it. There such a resonance in the video, for me, Nishijima sitting amongst the jackets and trousers and noise. Just sit.
  • You might like this https://www.facebook.com/treeleafzendo/posts/10156893381540305
  • That is interesting, very much so. Must do some research. Thanks for the post!
  • It's probably useful to do a bit of research before you attempt your first Zazen. This will help you to avoid disappointment and becoming discouraged early on. Check out Treeleaf Zendo ( Treeleaf.org) where I am a member. Jundo, our teacher, has a g…
  • I suppose 'now' is a singularity to which we integrate our conscious experiences by a mental process similar to mathematical integration, we can only get 'so' close to the singularity but never exactly close. Our reality is an approximation, it's as…
  • Well said Kerome. Guns are made with one purpose only. Thus to me they must be avoided at all costs.
  • Sounds like a nice thing to do and undoubtedly its some kind of meditation but not Buddhist meditation ( I speak from a Zen standpoint)
  • Does your teacher have a point of view re your perceived lack of progress?
  • You might find reading ' Opening the hand of thought' by Kosho Uchiyama useful. The book deals with the self, delusions etc from a Zen standpoint, however, it's an informative read whatever tradition you follow or decide to follow.
    in Right View Comment by JohnMac April 2016
  • No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering winds must cease...(Dōgen)
  • Or as Dogen puts it 'When one first seeks the dharma, one is far away from its environs. When one has already correctly transmitted the dharma to oneself, one is one’s original self at that moment.' Dogen Zenji’s teaching reminds us of our…
  • This from Treeleaf forum : Zazen is not that different from many skills in that way, such as learning to play the piano, speak a new language. So, some frustration is to be expected, and is even part of the process as the little “self” resists bein…
  • Ego resistance? I read somewhere that the ego causes all kinds of unwanted and annoying thoughts to manifest (as a resistance to practice) I'll try and find the reference. I recall the advice was too keep going, no surprise there.
  • Keep it with you, personalise it, you can use it for a multitude of things, focusing the mind in meditation just by running you fingers over it, fold round your hands if doing a devotional practice and of course for counting mantra, I use mine princ…
  • Cinorjer, you've nailed it my friend! How does the world look different after ' dharma transmission' I wonder, the follies of our ego ....
  • Does kindness have a lineage....
  • Show me your happiness...Where is it ? Bring me a bag of it....
  • It's a two way street I think, environment and the body influence mental events and consciousness influences the body.....to extend this then, the world we see or perceive is shaped by the mind and the shaping comes from the tendencies that consciou…
  • In the book there are several good discourses on whether or not material things can exist without consciousness, consensus seems to be is that consciousness and reality are as two halves of a walnut....
  • Check out 'The Quantum and the Lotus' by Matthieu Ricard
  • Finding the gap between recognising the strong emotion and the emotion manifesting itself, I find that really effective. Mindfulness I suppose.