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Kerome · Did I fall in the forest? · Veteran

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  • @Bunks said: Best to give politics a wide berth I've found. I do consider it a responsibility to vote, but I vote with my heart. Recently I've been voting Greens, they try to do the right thing for the environment and the people and are n…
  • I doubt if i would pay it... it would be nice to be able to correspond with a dharma teacher but I don't think I'd want to pay that much for a course on the 4NT, which is a topic that lots of people have talked about including some great teachers. S…
  • @lobster said: The reason I am going on about cleaning is both my sisters consider it suffering/painful/drudge. I enjoy it ... but don't tell them ... 'Unpleasant' chores are excellent 'practice modes'. Everything has its medicine or tea…
    in How to live? Comment by Kerome July 27
  • I've gone through a few modern wilderness films... Into the Wild - documentary about the life of a middle class American boy who becomes homeless by choice and goes to live in Alaska The Wild - drama about a woman who decides to walk the Pacific…
  • The job interview was interesting. I've never felt so relaxed when applying for a job. It was a bit tricky when they asked what I was looking for in a job there, because I honestly don't have many goals, but I just said "a firm with heart", and I th…
  • You have captured some of my thoughts as well around the nature of Buddhism, I've also struggled with this exact same question. I gradually learnt more about Buddhism, and came across answers to some of those questions. It's often about not cling…
  • @Tosh said: @Kerome said:I've been unemployed for six years and in that time the most useful thing I've found to do is study the dharma ... nothing else has even come close. Can I ask how have you been supported in the way …
  • @karasti said: How does retirement saving work where you live? Do you have government programs that help or do you have to save privately? Here, that is one of the most major stressors and thus goals that people have to deal with. Here we…
  • Awesome track by a French trumpettist of Lebanese background.
  • Very eighties... big hair and guitar solo's.
  • I think even if you're of that flavour of secular Buddhist which doesn't believe in karma, you should recall all the good things the dharma has done for you and pass it on to other people, out of the goodness of your heart and compassion for their s…
  • @karasti said: If you have been battling this for 10 years, and have no answers but are concerned you could go down a dark hole you cannot return from, don't you think it's time to get help from people professionally able to look at what you are …
  • @specialkayme said: After my experience practicing compassion meditation, and its negative effects, I assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that further concentrating on suffering and meditating on it wouldn't make things that much more worse. I don't kn…
  • I will keep an eye out for the shoe-shuffling add ons - they look useful.
    in How to live? Comment by Kerome July 24
  • It sounds to me like you might be meditating on the wrong things. Instead of just meditating your usual way (on the breath?), perhaps you might meditate on suffering and the Four Noble Truths. It always has a great grounding influence on me to me…
  • @federica said: @Kerome said: @karasti said: I can have my thoughts on gay relationships (I find them no different than straight ones and don't believe they should be treated differently. The HHDL has in the past…
  • Sweden, Hong Kong, Canada, a real world traveller, welcome @Charley The trick i found to coping with worry is to concern yourself with its roots. Babies are not worried, they are the epitome of chilled-out relaxing, alternating between mother's…
  • I quite enjoyed that... thanks for the introduction to ASMR...
    in ASMR Comment by Kerome July 23
  • I believe the complete teachings of Ajahn Chah had some chapters which deal with meditation, if you are looking for English terms that other Thai teachers have used to translate the Thai tradition. It's available online as a PDF. https://www.abha…
  • @karasti said: He said as long as it makes sense to them and is consensual it's ok. Sex has a biological point, of course, but I don't think that is the only point. Just because sex is used to create new humans doesn't mean that is the only thin…
  • @karasti said: I can have my thoughts on gay relationships (I find them no different than straight ones and don't believe they should be treated differently. The HHDL has in the past disagreed, and it's quite possible Buddha would have, too. That…
  • Forgive me @jeffrey but I think very many people care more about what they like than about what is true. It creates a lot of overly emotional attachments in the world, and is in my view a pleasant form of delusion. People vote for Trump or Wilder…
  • Hmmm, picking things you like? Is that a valid basis for discerning truth? In my experience truth more often than not has facets you will not like. That is why I will stick with the teachings that can be tested, methinks. At most you can say T…
  • @dhammachick said: @David said: I think using the term "pop" Buddhism is just a way to feel superior and/or more secure. It's a dig at people who have found a differing interpretation but we all cherry pick to a degree. Especially t…
  • @Susanna said: I usually wake up with some degree of anxiety. But one morning last week I woke up feeling great! I decided to try some meditation (I haven't done any for months as it seems to make my anxiety worse). All went well for about five m…
  • To me it seems as if the very essence of Buddhism is "anti-pop". It is a studious path of self improvement, of slowly eliminating bad influences through sila and examining negative mind states and of proceeding to concentration and meditation once y…
  • For those who are interested in a place to talk about death and dying... deathcafe.com
    in How to die Comment by Kerome July 22
  • In a way looking at the growth of a religion, it is natural that they bring some local elements into a religion when it is just gaining traction in a country. Local Thai superstitions, elements of Tibetan bön, parts of Tao, there are plenty of examp…
    in Buddhist faith Comment by Kerome July 22
  • @Bunks said: @Shoshin said: Should the Middle Way also apply when it comes to sexual misconduct...? Avoid the two extremes... Find a happy medium I actually don't really understand what you mean…
  • I found this morning that worry almost seemed to arise out of the body... I woke up feeling tranquil, my mind then during breakfast settled on something smallish, and before I knew it I was experiencing worry again. While in the larger scheme of thi…
  • @lobster nice video, I enjoyed it, seems like a better way to repurpose the body than cremation. It's very natural too, you would think our very distant ancestors climbing down from the trees might well have decomposed in a similar way. I remember r…
    in How to die Comment by Kerome July 19
  • @upekka said: @namarupa said: Without Buddhism I don't know where I'd be, either dead, insane, or 1000 times more depressed than I already am maybe. Perhaps anger is not just something to be unrooted this lifetime. Perha…
    in Mx Angry Comment by Kerome July 19
  • Supposedly the relationship between Yoda and Luke was partially modelled after Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan books. I'm sure there were many influences.
  • Have read the commentary and the poem once but I really want to read them another time to gain some depth. The desire to "become" seems to me hidden behind many smaller desires like status while at work or the desire for wealth and authority. Each o…
  • Have you tried tai-chi or chi-gong @lobster? Doing those at speed might be a good way to work through anger in a meditative way using the body-mind complex.
    in Mx Angry Comment by Kerome July 18
  • @Bunks said: When my ex starts working more regularly and earning more, I've started thinking about just working four days a week and spending the extra day at the Monastery / volunteering etc. One less day prostituting myself can only be …
  • It was a good article I agree - well researched and with some good points about thinking, which seems to be a key topic in our daily lives.
  • @lobster said: @Kerome said: Do you think that these systems shape people? That we become used to closing an eye, to not looking suffering in the face? Not just social and psychiatric institutions but many spiritual p…