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  • I was deceived for a long while that euphoria was worth chasing and was the goal. That way lies addiction. Which someone once described as "samsara within samsara." Truth.
  • Buddhist scholar and socially engaged monk Bhikkhi Bodhi has an organization that is doing work on global warming and lots more: https://buddhistglobalrelief.me/tag/global-warming/
  • Here.
  • No calculators back then?
  • Yes, @karasti, forcing something away doesn't work at all. Because in the pushing away you are still connected to the thing, the state, the feeling, the whatever, through the pushing and forcing. Trying forcefully to detach is just another form of a…
  • Best ex-president in American history, I aver.
  • PS: Good for home use!
  • For those interested in taking refuge and the precepts in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, here is the Vandana book of Bhante Gunaratana's Bhavana Society in West Virginia. The request for refuges and the precepts starts page 43 in both English and…
  • What you can reasonably afford and then a pinch more for a day's teaching. Is lodging included?
  • @mingle You will find a lot of non-complex but rich teachings by checking out the Dhamma talks and writings of Thanissaro Bhikkhu, written from the Theravadan perspective of the Thai Forest tradition. Here's a link to 40 free transcriptions of some …
  • Welcome @Cory. Did you have any experiences with Korean Buddhism?
  • @eggsavior You might consider John Haspell's "Truth of Happiness" course for a solid grounding (with readings, talks and guided meditations) on the core Buddhist teachings from the Pali Canon. All you need do is have the book to start: https://www.…
  • Thanissaro Bhikkhu took on this very point in a touchstone Dhamma talk that helped clear up my own thinking about this. Not that "life is suffering" but that "there is suffering" -- a rather large semantic difference -- but more importantly a path t…
  • Important point/Reminder to (non)self: Peace within oneself is to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It’s not found in a forest or on a hill top, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find …
  • The new age of media allows anyone to simply reside in their own cul-de-sac, gated information community echo bubble. Believing what they hear that is ricocheting back and forth repeatedly across the cul-de-sac to be the absolute, undeniable truth. …
  • A vote for inner revolution, a la @lobster It's a challenge to come to this forum and find the same conversations reverberating from the political news sites I read. It has been quoted before on this site (by me, among others), but always worth rea…
  • "What we're looking for is what is looking"~Wei Wu Wei (or St. Francis depending on your search)
  • Enlightenment has no tree, It would be an error to expect It in a peach blossom. Discard whatever is held in the hands As an external aid to enlightenment, For the monk is clothed In the universe itself * Takuan (courtesy of the wonderful h…
  • I wonder if HHDL was more referring to toddlers, and not to that age when kids/young people/young teens can be quite cruel to one another.
  • That should be a separate thread on NB, @jayson: the 'Friends in Political Stress (FIPS)' thread.
    in Stress Comment by Dhammika January 26
  • I fall into reading too much political news, get overwhelmed and then come to this site and find it here as well. But at least here there are folks working on antidotes to news despair and helplessness syndrome (NDHS).
    in Stress Comment by Dhammika January 26
  • Seeing intention requires real mindfulness in the moment. When something backfires or I say or do something unskillful, I see how absence of mindfulness and being unware of my intentions led me there. Breath and body awareness help in creating space…
  • Funny, @silver. Thannissaro Bhikkhu uses a similar image somewhere in which he describes walking a dog on a very long leash and the thing getting tangled on light posts, bushes, hydrants and whatnot and us having to go and untangle the leash. The do…
  • I have trouble with papanca. Before I know it I am washed out to sea, floundering for shore (remind self:swim parallet to shore). Thanissao Bhikkhu says there is a moment we often don't catch where we say,'I'm going to check out that thought!' And t…
  • Breath meditation in the unadorned Theravada tradition. Trying to notice when I am trying too hard.
  • Then there is always the exhortation to oneself as in this poem by Patrul Rinpoche, a 19th century wandering Tibetan wise guy. This goes out to all us dwellers in distraction fellow travelers: “Advice from Me to Myself”: Listen up, old bad-kar…
  • Meditate more regularly. Back to morning and night. Wishing equanimity and peace to all beings, without exception. That includes us!
  • The I gets in the way.
  • Nice, Lobster!
  • Hmmm. I was hoping the link would post as a video. How does one do that? I have seen other videos in the forum. Just a Youtube url, I suppose, is what's needed.
  • Here is the audio site of noted Buddhist lay teacher and Buddhist translator Gil Fronsdal: http://www.audiodharma.org/teacher/1/
  • Here is the YouTube channel of the Bhavana Society, the Therevadan forest monastery founded and led by the 88-year-old Bhante Gunaratana, author of "Mindfulness in Plain English" and many other Pali Canon-based books: https://www.youtube.com/channel…
  • Dear @EonTrinity: A good dunk into reliable teachings from the steady hand of Thanissaro Bhikkhu might be helpful for orienting yourself with where you are at right now, as you describe it. The Buddha most definitely had us steer away from nihilism…
  • Hard to do this politicized season of 24/7 wall-to-wall coverage, but here is Thich Naht Hahn's interpretation of the Fifth Precept (from http://dharma.ncf.ca/introduction/precepts.html) The Fifth Mindfulness Training: Aware of the suffering cau…
  • Goodness, I am sorry for introducing politics into the stream. I foresee a need for a whole lot of mindfulness and Right Speech in the months ahead. Thich Naht Hahn sets the bar high: "Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the ina…
  • That's true.
  • Someone who has reached the 'destination' would be unlikely to trumpet that fact, I daresay.
  • I've tried to substitute the British/Irish use of 'shite,' but it's too much of a cognate to the real thing and when uttered in a foul-mouthed mood/outburst is pretty much full-on Wrong Speech. It is interesting that four of the 8 Lifetime Precepts …
  • I recall a quote from a Tricycle issue many years back about drugs and Buddhism that described the state achieved while on drugs as equivalent to "samsara within samsara." Samsara is already hard enough to navigate! Also, I forget the book's title, …
  • Two from Bhante G (from 'Mindfulness in Plain English): "You've failed to be mindful. Simply become mindful of that sense of failure. You've reestablished mindfulness with that single step"~Bhante G "Mindfulness sees every moment as if it were…
  • Or, as the Buddha put it succinctly: All actions are led by the mind. Mind is their master, mind is their maker. Act or speak with an impure state of mind and suffering follows as the cartwheel follows the foot of the ox. All actions are led by …
  • I use it all the time. Like it very much. I bought the paid iPhone version for $2.99. You can interact or not with other people who have the timer and there are lots of related spiritual group forums (not all Buddhist) you can check out and follow. …
  • Dear Gottzi: When feeling drowsy in meditation, you can try a couple things. Inhaling deeply three times and holding the breath for three seconds (repeat as necessary). Scrunching up all the facial muscles tight and then releasing it. Opening the ey…
    in why? Comment by Dhammika February 2016
  • Or rather "Bhikkhu."
  • Actually, was going to recommend marijuana-anonymous.org for the tough-to-kick THC addiction. You might also consider John Haspel's online secular Buddhism course for a solid grounding in shamatha-vipassana meditation rooted in the Buddha's teaching…
  • All anti-wallowing advice is welcome. It is hard, when caught in a bubble of intense feelings and thoughts or papanca (proliferating thought) to believe what you are experiencing is all there is. Waiting it out or sitting it out is key, until you se…