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  • I think @herbie and @Jason represent two extremes. Herbie says do nothing until you're awakened. Wrong for obvious reasons. We can't ignore the suffering of the world because one wants to become awakened first and then deal with it. But Jason's is a…
  • @Kerome said: @lobster said: @seeker242 said: The five powers (pañca bala) are part of the "37 qualities conducive to Enlightenment" teachings. Exactly so. The initial stages are about …
  • @Kerome said: I don’t have difficulty with interdependence, impermanence or dependent origination, and I feel I have quite deeply realised the emptiness of things, but I still find it a very odd word to describing the concept. In a way, if…
  • @JaySon said: @federica said: I repeat... @federica said: You may mean well, but this is a discussion forum, not an online seminar venue.... I love you. @lobster …
  • @Kerome said: I asked someone on another forum “where do thoughts come from?” He replied “where does fire come from?” Which I thought was a particularly beautiful answer as it points the way very nicely. The general idea is that when there…
  • @federica said: @techie , that's not what you were implying in the comment you made, to which I directly responded, which in turn prompted, and was quoted as principal comment of this thread. This thread is about LAY adherents and wealth …
  • No one should be against wealth. But people should be against the OBSCENE amounts of wealth that some people have. Some people are richer than entire nations, believe it or not. This is morally deplorable.
  • "This too shall pass." One of the best teachings ever.
  • @adamcrossley said: @lobster said: ascetic living focuses the mind Yes, I agree with this personally. But in my question, I’m thinking more of the ‘karma relationship’ side of the path. Can Right Livelihood be profitab…
  • @adamcrossley said: Inspired by a recent comment on another thread: Is it possible to be materially wealthy and live in accordance with Buddhist morality? @federica said: Would you rather they [monks and nuns] walked everywhere a…
  • @adamcrossley said: I’m not surprised there haven’t been many answers to this. It’s not very clear, is it? I attended a Zen group recently but encountered this problem, and I ended up not returning. @Shoshin, that’s all very well and good,…
    in Zazen Comment by techie March 4
  • @federica said: @techie sometimes I am rendered speechless by your banal and tactless whittering. Such a stupid thing to say. Would you rather they walked everywhere and slept in a cardboard box? At least their lives have meaning and sig…
  • Learning can only get you so far. What you need is practice. Sitting down and meditating for twenty minutes is far better than reading or listening for hours. At some point, theory must give way to practice. But I agree that a sangha is import…
  • @FoibleFull said: The older these monks get (and I've been with my own teacher for almost 20 years), the more relaxed and amused they get. MUST be fun. If someone sponsors your business class trips and 5-star hotel stays - plus all the…
  • On the one hand, I agree that a teacher should lead by example. And especially in Buddhism, it's very important to let go of cravings. But I also believe in rebirth - we may carry certain latent tendencies and habits from previous births. Just as…
  • Buddhism (and other isms) are easy to follow because they ask you to do something. Tao and Zen are hard because they ask you to do nothing.
  • @federica said: @techie said: It's not a matter of choice. Enlightenment happens when it will. One cannot 'choose' to become enlightened in one life-time or multiple life-times. Choice in this regard is an illusion. Of…
  • It's not a matter of choice. Enlightenment happens when it will. One cannot 'choose' to become enlightened in one life-time or multiple life-times. Choice in this regard is an illusion.
  • There is no need to get into a fight about this. Some people feel that capitalism can be reformed, that the rich should be made to use their profits to help the poor etc. Others believe that such reforms are impossible since the political establi…
  • @Jason said: I'll stop trying to monopolize the conversation because I feel like I tend to do that when it comes to politics. I admire your goal, and support it. Also, people are free to love capitalism if they want and think it can solve all of …
  • @lobster said: @techie said: If you've never experienced pain, will you ever develop compassion? Is that even possible? Everybody experiences, loss, stress, aging, even the Buddha. Compassion, empathy based …
  • Can compassion arise without suffering? If you've never experienced pain, will you ever develop compassion? Is that even possible?
  • When a theist says there is a god, he is basically making an assertion about something. So it's natural that you demand evidence to substantiate such assertions. When an atheist says there is no god, he is stating his conclusions based on the lac…
  • @person said: @Tsultrim said: @Kerome said: @yagr said: http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1276 It’s funny how the mind can be so busy, but when …
    in Mind 101 Comment by techie May 2018
  • @Dakini said: @Kerome said: Certainly from a Buddhist perspective Osho had shortcomings as a teacher, such as not taking a stand on right speech or ethics. But labelling him a sham teacher also does not quite hit the mark... he unde…
  • @Kerome said: In a lecture by Osho I recently came across the comment that in the state between waking and sleep, particularly as you just come out of sleep, there is the possibility that you can catch a glimpse of the core of your being and rece…
  • @Jason said: @techie said: I think we should stop being clever by playing with words/semantics. In Buddhism, the goal is to 'escape' the cycle of birth and death. We are still here on this earth, which means we haven't re…
  • Nature has conditioned us in a certain manner - fearful, anxious, etc. (because the environment at that time required us to be so). We now need to recondition ourselves, which is what the noble path is all about.
  • @lobster said: All that we experience begins with thought. Really? Does it? Sounds unbalanced to me ... Our experiences, physical urges, emotional states often determines our thoughts. Our interpretation, our thinkin…
  • I think we should stop being clever by playing with words/semantics. In Buddhism, the goal is to 'escape' the cycle of birth and death. We are still here on this earth, which means we haven't really escaped it and are still working out our karma.…
  • @Jason said: When it tried to get MLK Jr. to kill himself, Can you say more on this? This is new to me.
  • Just a thought. If technology keeps developing at this pace, would it be possible for capitalism to disappear of its own accord? With technology, supply exceeds demand. So at least when it comes to bare essentials it is possible that everybody…
  • Your dreams are trying to convey to you that reality often contradicts principles. You may believe in the principle of nonviolence, but faced with a violent mob (for instance) your survival instincts may take over. In such cases, principles have …
  • @federica said: Guys.... get a room.... I am with you.
  • @JaySon said: @lobster said: But ... I can and hopefully do make skilful use of yidam practice, mantra, meditation etc ... I think the fact that mantra practice, for example, depends on belief that the mantra is…
  • @David said: @techie said: is not something you attain. It is something that happens to you. Active vs passive. What we do, we do with our minds, whereas enlightenment is no-mind. Therefore, there is…
  • @JaySon said: "When phenomena are individually analyzed as selfless and what has been analyzed is meditated upon, that is the cause of attaining the fruit, Nirvana. One does not go to peace through any other cause." -Buddha What exactly d…
  • @Jeffrey said: There is no such thing as 'sweet' because 'sweet' must be composite? It's a relative truth. When we say truth, we usually mean an absolute that isn't subject to change, conditions, etc.
  • @DairyLama said: @person said: Being dependently originated doesn't mean nonexistent as much as it doesn't mean existent. Yes, this is also in the suttas: "By & large, Kaccayana, this world is supported by (…
  • @Shoshin said: There is no such thing as truth? Is that true ??? I can't say it's true. Can't say it's not. Can't say it's both, can't say it's neither. It is not all of the above, nor is it none of the above. Se…
  • @person said: @techie said: I am reading Nagarjuna at the moment. As some of you may already know, he is famous for his sunyata concept. Seen within the context of DO, it simply means that no entity exists independently; …
  • @DairyLama said: @techie said: Consider happiness, for example. It does NOT exist as a permanent, unchanging entity somewhere that we can go and grasp. It is the result of various conditions. When those conditions are fulfilled, we …
  • @seeker242 said: What’s a bit frustrating is the really long time it takes for my mind to settle. And also, after it settles, boredom sometimes kicks in, making it harder to focus. Any thoughts or suggestions? I’ve kind of pla…
  • Just a thought on the matter of sexual impulse. It is a complicated matter. On the one hand, it's a biological urge. Basic. Part of who we are. Can it really be compared to craving? For example, craving for expensive cars, latest gadgets etc. But…
  • @Kerome said: It’s interesting @shadowleaver because we seem to have been thinking along similar lines. I too feel that Buddhism is somehow incomplete without addressing love more thoroughly. For me it goes back to my teenage years in the …