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Kerome · Did I fall in the forest? · Veteran

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  • It's interesting also in the light of @JaySon's thread here where he talks about Ajahn Chah's approach basically being the same as Sengcan's, and simplifying the whole Path down to just one principle. I've found the Noble Eightfold path really he…
  • I think it's a bit of both. Yes, with wise use you can manage the influence of technology in your life, but I have to add there are not many media sources which are conducive to a mindful, well-lived life. Most games are high-tempo and full of vi…
  • One can make a clean break with the past, and see how many hours or days you can go without saying more stupid things. If you are truly ready to mend your ways, go ahead and test yourself. In terms of making recompense, I always find that giving …
  • Great to fall to sleep to or wake up on, haven't tried it for meditating though, but beautiful. And by a Dutch composer, Simeon Ten Holt.
  • @Zero said: @Namada said: Are you an old soul? I find the concept unhelpful - it raises just more challenges - souls in packets, some created earlier Agreed. Besides there potentially not being souls, the creat…
  • See my problem is the opposite. I don't let my mind chase desires, but under non-concentrated meditation it becomes extremely impulsive. I find it wandering off in all sorts of directions, fantasies, imagined places I've never been... by the time I …
  • @Tigger said: @SpinyNorman said: There is also the risk of digging many shallow wells. Kinda like "Jack of all trades - master of none" I was thinking more like "halfway to enlightenment in a dozen direct…
  • You might enjoy David Brin's Existence. Cracking sci-fi novel about the difficulties intelligent races face in surviving the early technological stages of existence (as we are currently doing). But yes when extreme views start to look enticing, i…
  • @ZenCanuck said: @Dakini said: @ZenCanuck said: Single now, wish I wasn't, but not losing sleep over it either...I've got a lot of other richness in my life, and Toronto …
  • I've also enjoyed Thich Nhat Hanh's The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, and Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Both of those are pretty clear and lacking in jargon. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso I found a little wordy and not really in tune with …
  • The complete works of Osho (well nearly) can be found as audio lectures at http://www.oshoworld.com/ Not sure if anyone else is interested, and I realise at least @lobster would put him in with Trungpa as somewhat flawed, but I still enjoy him…
  • @dhammachick said: @Kerome said: @dhammachick said: @Kerome said: @techie said: @Kerome said: He seems a bit too vio…
  • @dhammachick said: @Kerome said: @techie said: @Kerome said: He seems a bit too violent to be a Buddha... the whole bit around "if thy eye offends thee, pluck it out" suggests that while…
  • I've often wondered if most meditation works on the "Fake it 'til you make it" principle of buddhahood, and the main point is to sit there and look serene and be a good example... nah, probably not
  • @IronRabbit said: Not quite.... Well, at the risk of some very weird answers, what are males doing with nipples, then? http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/why-do-men-have-nipples/
  • Economic Left/Right: -8.38 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.82 Not a bad reflection, although it doesn't capture strong views on the environment.
  • Of course, anyone using pheasant language is right out!
  • I hope I wasn't being disrespectful. But for me, the most interesting parts of a story like this are not the "aliens came down from above" angle but rather the hard science of it. If they really go into that, what precisely it is that made it so har…
  • @karasti said: But developing compassion in your mind, even for far away people, is immensely helpful. It has never once tired me out. Quite the opposite, in fact. That is interesting, because I've tried this and after a while it tires me…
  • Well I'm convinced that the ancient Egyptians did build the pyramids, and without any special arcane manufacturing techniques. They probably did a few innovative things with tools, as did the ancient Inca's in Macchu Pichu, where there are crafted s…
  • @karasti said: But in Buddhism, I think, we are (in part) working to see "those people" as every bit as important as our own parents or children. I don't disagree that we need to show compassion to those around us, but trying to reach eve…
  • Some guru's are master hypnotists - it can be a useful skill, to help yourself and others.
  • I think it's understandable to be disturbed by things that happen close to you, or that are personal. It's not so easy to be dispassionate about those. But I think it's very fair to point out to people not to attach to things that are far away. It's…
  • @SpinyNorman said: @JaySon said: In Zen and Thai Theravada traditions I learned thoughts are bad, that they lead to suffering. Taking thoughts too seriously can lead to suffering, but they are really just thoughts, they com…
  • @Shoshin said: Umm which remind me... "Sex is terrible, sinful, aberrant, disgusting, degrading.....Now be fruitful and multiply, and repopulate the earth." Did the Earth even need repopulating? I think the rhinoceroses, chimps, li…
  • @techie said: @Kerome said: He seems a bit too violent to be a Buddha... the whole bit around "if thy eye offends thee, pluck it out" suggests that while he was almost there, he was still misunderstanding some things. …
  • I have a confession to make... I'm currently reading Zen Mind, Beginners Mind and there is a long section on meditation posture and why it is important. It made me realise that by meditating while lying on my back in bed I may be shirking a little b…
  • It's about learning that these things have nothing to do with you, that they are really irrelevant. Judgement follows when you see something and you feel it has a perfect relevance to you, and then it doesn't coincide with your vision of how the wor…
  • @Nirvana said: Where I come from, nice people don't talk about sex... It causes trouble not to talk about sex. One should at least be aware, though without gossiping.
  • He seems a bit too violent to be a Buddha... the whole bit around "if thy eye offends thee, pluck it out" suggests that while he was almost there, he was still misunderstanding some things.
  • @lobster said: Well said @Kerome Developing discernment, attention and insight for me came by studying the words of the wise. Reading beyond revered, populist or titillating. Some of the great teachers certainly seemed crazy by conventional s…
  • Everything associated with guru's is rather curious. There is a saying, when the student is ready the master appears. Perhaps it is so, and for some people being a disciple for a while is a necessary stage. So I have long since stopped judging peopl…
  • I haven't been but I know there is a lot of history on Malta... the knights of Malta, there are some paintings Caravaggio made when he spent time there, some old shamanic traditions, all kinds of things.
  • @NMADDP said: I use this quote to help with my anger management: “Holding on anger is like you are drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Also, in practicing Buddhism, I use the Buddha power :-). I chant Buddha or Bodh…
  • @Tigger said: Wow! Very interesting story, thanks for sharing @Kerome I still think the combination of Osho and Buddhism is a very interesting one. Osho's perspective on many religions was quite special, he had a lot of insight into the h…
  • Someone should invent tv-watching meditation, I'm sure it would be a great hit!
  • My first encounters with Buddhism were through Osho. I spent some years in my youth in Osho communes, and sitting in the great hall with fifteen thousand people we would chant the gautchami's. Then Osho would lecture on Zen or on Ikkyū, or on the Dh…
  • @JaySon said: I believe craving and attachment are the same. Ho hmm, according to the twelve nidānas, craving (tanhā) causes attachment (upādāna).
  • I usually respond to lulls in motivation by either shifting the focus of what I'm doing - if I've been spending a lot of time online I may read a bit more, or I may swap one meditation for another - or just taking a short break altogether, and focus…
  • Silence is there in all of our senses. The steadiness of vision, the restfulness in our touch, all of these things are also manifestations of silence. It doesn't have to be sound.
  • I've gone through periods of intense dreaming, and I've usually connected that to parts of the higher self being particularly active. Sometimes it has been a sign that I've not been valuing my connection with inner silence highly enough, my sleep fo…
  • My first serious encounter with Buddhism was via Osho's lectures, first when I was young and more recently a couple of years ago when I listened to a long series on the Dhammapadda. That convinced me to make a more serious study of Buddhism. I st…
  • Very good question! I think there can be suffering without a notion of self - certainly entirely physical forms of suffering. If a man acknowledges he has no self, but is merely a collection of physical and mental parts, and he stubs his toe on a…
  • I found this article quite helpful when I first started looking into anger. It's got the basics about right. The second part for me was being mindful of the causes of anger... there is a sequence of inquiries, why do I feel angry? It is because I fe…
  • @JaySon said: @Kerome said: A lot of the rest is vows we have taken on, unconsciously, or views we hold about ourselves which we could change at the drop of a hat. There are very few things which are core and truly essential. …