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  • I'm just going to chip in my 2 cents @Kerome and maybe you may be able to take something away from it. I'm 29 now but at around the age of 12 I started having hypochondria, literally convinced I was dying of a brain tumour or whatever it was from…
  • @Kerome said: Watched it, interesting how such a common complaint turns out to be a stomach bug. It’s difficult to get entirely away from the consequences of living in a country where people are not so set on hygiene. I remember Ajahn Bra…
  • @silver said: I don't think what the Buddha taught and meant about resistance had much to do with the ambition it takes to do what needs to be done to earn a living and that whole scenario you mentioned. I'm pretty sure it has mostly to do with …
  • @seeker242 said: What do you think of Alan Watts? I generally don't listen to anything he says because of the way he behaved. Yeah like I've said since I made this thread, I didn't know anything much about the guy. …
  • Here in Thailand as you probably know, their holidays are based around the lunar cycle and Buddhism. But the average Thai would probably get drunk on such holidays lol. Sounds like a good process to take now and again though (what you are intendi…
  • I made this back in 2013 based on listening to Ajahn Brahm a lot back then. It's paraphrasing obviously, but this quote / teaching as helped me a lot in the past, even though I forget about it from time to time
  • I didn't even know about his use of psychedelics and alcohol before making this thread, does that discount the positive, insightful and enlightening things I have taken from him? Of course it doesn't. When you listen to a teacher or a person, you sh…
  • @wojciech said: I like Alan Watts' general point of view. He is definitely well studied on the history of Buddhism and other religions. And reading his books is a joy for that same reason. I really enjoy his book Out of Your Mind, which is…
  • @Kerome said: Hmm. Interesting. I thought I was doing pretty well on the just-being front, and just not reaching the concentration levels required to get into the feeling based states of anapanasati. I often fall into a state which is part…
  • One of the tricks is to not have so many, if any, preconceptions about the mediation practice. Try not to go into it think it should be this or that, just sit and be with yourself in that moment. Some days you will have the most monkey mind imaginab…
  • @Jason that was a lovely read, thanks
    in Roots Comment by Ukjunglist October 20
  • Take good care of yourself @ThomB and remember this to shall pass. The human body is remarkable at healing and the human mind is a strong strong tool. Hang in there and in some time in the not too distant future, you will be able to look back to now…
  • Some really eye opening comments on this thread relating to the purpose of meditation, and that it isn't a means to sugarcoat reality, rather let reality emerge from the layers of ignorance, and then to work on things from there on out. This in itse…
  • The 5 precepts are things all humans should adhere to, and it is very handy to keep reaffirming them to oneself, so thanks a lot for this post. Subtly going against them is still going against them!
  • We need to keep working on ourselves as people over and over and over. The mind is a funny thing, we need to make something a habit before it becomes second nature. You're probably not a bad person in general, you simply made bad decisions through i…
  • @dhammachick said: @Ukjunglist said: Also interestingly, studies have shown that hallucinogenic mushrooms (psilocybin active) not only are harmless to the brain, but also can cause neutron growth and neuroplasticity …
  • @Shoshin said: Sankhara ( that which has been put together') is an interesting term/word... It's been referred to as "Habitual Behaviour" "Habitual Tendencies" "Impulse" "Instinct" "Mental Formation" "'Conditioned Things" "Determinatio…
  • You can look at this in 2 ways I would suggest. Firstly from a Buddhist perspective which is pretty cut and dry. The mind whilst in a sober state is perfect for cultivating mindfulness, awareness and compassion. Skewing the mind with intoxicants suc…
  • I have found that life is a lot easier when being mindful, you can tackle problems in a more relaxed and skilful manner. Also, you can make yourself and others smile inside and out
  • Some interesting points, and yes I can see that unless you view such points from your own world position then things are almost irrelevant. However, I think that in thinking about other people's positions and actions can help put your actions into p…
  • @Carlita said: @Ukjunglist said: I have been casually thinking about something that I would like to hear various opinions on. If karma is basically 'action' via a conscious decision, and there are repercussions of said co…
  • @federica said: The Buddha gave an outline of what jobs were unskilful, and they are as follows: " ... a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in …
  • @karasti said: @vinlyn I don't think anyone was or is suggesting people not be held accountable. But as far as hatred goes, we are all responsible. There is never a shortage of compassion or speaking out for victims of such crimes. There are, how…
  • Thanks guys. I didn't consider hyperventilation lol. What did you mean exactly though by my breathing being 'off' Federica?