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Kerome · Love, love is mystery · Veteran

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  • @SpinyNorman said: If you're into TNH, check out "A day of Mindfulness", page 27 in "The Miracle of Mindfulness" https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/Thich Nhat Hanh - The Miracle of Mindfulness.pdf Thanks for this, I’ve downloaded it onto…
  • @lobster said: @kerome said: (My father) said, it wasn’t something he chased. Instead he watched events come and go, paying especial attention to the silences between, staying as the observer, ignoring both the pursuit of happiness and the…
  • Why make a poster telling you the myths, rather than the truth? It seems to be perpetuating the wrong things.
  • @Kerome said: I get the definite impression there is more going on when I meet these things, that I’m not properly understanding their origins. I got a voice saying in meditation (I sometimes get these) that it was something “interfering …
  • It’s always tempting to think in dualities, such as a happiness and an opposite in dukkha. But I think that is just a tendency of the mind, it is probably not an exact opposite. If I remember my Tibetan Buddhism correctly, there were only 4 positive…
  • @karasti said: In any case, I agree with Jeffrey, "Gorm" implies a sort of Fantasy troll or something to me, akin to the wild hair Trolls but a bit uglier I personally like the term, though I admit I likely won't remember to use it anywhere but…
  • So do you think that one’s fears should be faced in order to acclimatise oneself to them? That might be a reason to do meditation on the gross parts of the body, or death meditation.
  • Im not a big horror movie fan, but I did once see the Japanese original version of Ring and thought it was quite good.
  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: What is your thinking on ultimate truth? I think you can't find it via thinking. If the mind cannot apprehend it, then it is beyond understanding. And it would be better to not …
  • Well password is the most commonly used password, and no.1 on hacker’s dictionary attacks.
    in Funny Stuff Comment by Kerome January 17
  • @SpinyNorman said: @Kerome said: Thanks for that, of course things like impermanence and annatta are important aspects of reality, and therefore ultimate truth. Really? IMO the closest thing we have to "objective trut…
  • @SpinyNorman said: @seeker242 said: Not necessarily I don't think. For example, "craving is the cause of suffering" is still an "enlightened perspective" even if you don't actually fully believe it or fully understand it. It's rea…
  • Thanks for that, of course things like impermanence and annatta are important aspects of reality, and therefore ultimate truth. I’d agree that trying to fully define ultimate truth is unlikely to be within human grasp, but through Buddhist teachings…
  • In part that is what Thich Nhat Hanh says as well, that happiness and suffering are intimately connected, and that as suffering disappears happiness comes to the fore. But I also ask how can there be happiness without truth? Surely one must understa…
  • The only previous encounter I had with the word ‘gormless’ implied a lacking of wits more than a lacking of attention, but I’m happy to be corrected on its usage. By all means try to keep it in common usage as it seems to be a word not otherwise cov…
  • These things are still kicking around in my brain, which is very dull this morning.
  • I like the answer given in the link, that once we can live patiently and accepting of what comes, then a lot of psychological suffering vanishes. Perhaps that is nirvana.
  • I find the discussion of faith in the dhamma to be interesting. Often people mix and match some beliefs of Buddhism, but still are convinced by the approach of “ehi passiko” and consider themselves of firm faith in the dhamma because they have seen …
  • @Jeffrey said: You should probably ask the person or people who gave or use the same meditation method you use. Is that possible? Not really. I use a basic “concentration on the abdominal breath” method from a book, sometimes varied with…
  • @nakazcid said: @Kerome I think part of my problem is that I’m “wound too tight.” Not as badly as I used to be, but thoughts are always racing through my head and I’m usually kind of tense and fidgety. So I think I need to focus on loosening my m…
  • For me it means seen through the eyes of how I understand Buddhist lore. So perhaps a more correct phrasing would be “as I understand Buddhism” or “from my perspective as a Buddhist”, and then you quote from the sutra’s and teachers you know. Saying…
  • @Shoshin said: Yes true ...Good Bad Right Wrong....It's all relative.... relatively speaking ... However when I posted the above, I had music on my mind, a song popped into my head ...the lyrics in one of Bob Marley's songs We c…
  • I talk to my friends and on Internet forums about Buddhist things without actually mentioning Buddhism. Sometimes just mentioning a thought is Buddhist makes the conversation about Buddhism, rather than about the thing. So sometimes I repackage thin…
  • Great video. It is a good realisation, that it’s about letting go, not about forcing the mind to stillness. I found it to be true in many other cases, Thich Nhat Hanh sometimes calls it “undoing the knots of the mind”, relaxed insight that is focuse…
  • “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” * Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I find it a little curious to try to rank these four kinds of people at all from worst to best a little strange, although I can see that as a guide to practice it makes a certain sense. It seems to end up being an admonishment to not efface one’s ow…
  • Nothing whatsoever should be clung to.
  • Just as a contrast, 7 degrees C, somewhat windy and with occasional spats of rain here.
  • Thanks @federica for another year of doing a great job I originally came here to widen my knowledge of Buddhism, and the forum does do that. I’ve found it really useful in picking up occasional links to great resources like accesstoinsight and …
  • I think the TED talk is interesting, because it does clearly show a decline of religious conviction which goes along with modernisation. In some ways it’s probably a good thing - I believe we don’t really need the Abrahamic religions, and many relig…
  • That’s a really funny cartoon. I generally think New Years resolutions are a waste of time, because often they aren’t kept. It’s like the gym membership that you get to lose weight after the holidays, but then go only twice in three months. Inste…
  • I woke up this morning feeling somewhat assaulted by the night and heavy, for some reason thoughts of the devil had been plagueing me and it had left me in not a good space. So I started off with a bit of laughing meditation - quickly becoming a …
  • Umm @federica ... which kind of Buddhism would you say you adapt yourself to? Even more, I would say that the mere fact that so many different streams of Buddhism exist proves that many people have been adapting Buddhism to themselves for many a…
  • @person said: Buddhism also talks about god realms. If we take it psychologically rather than literally, I think it goes against the idea of chasing happiness as the answer to life. The idea of the realm of Brahma, with the Four Immeasura…
  • @federica said: @Kerome said: ... Luckily as a lay student of Buddhism we can have the middle road It's always struck me as odd though (as a somewhat tangential stream of thought) that, considering how we all got here,…
  • @shadowleaver said: I realize that by replying to a post about sex I risk hijacking my own thread but I feel that this is somewhat important. Sex is the most basic expression of Life itself and my questioning of 4NT is essentially that they se…
  • A rich and long thread, let me respond to the OP first... (With the first noble truth) The key question here is: why not maximize joy rather than minimize suffering? Wouldn't framing one's direction in the former way yield a more optimistic an…
  • @Carlita I think of this person to ask people not to smile around her is quite selfish. Smiles are good for people, they help you feel better about things. I do understand, helping people is quite difficult because sometimes what they think they …
  • Complacency doesn’t really come into it. Acceptance of things as they are is part of seeing things truely, which is a prelude to making skilful choices. But I think accepting things as they are has a particular meaning in terms of seeing things c…
  • The “just sitting, doing nothing” mindfulness meditation is doing me a lot of good, although I’ve had to vary it a little with some chanting. I find it more restful somehow than meditating on the breath in various forms. I’m finding that I still …
  • @David said: Tai Chi is a Taoist martial art for example. If accepting things as they are means being complacent I would just get hit instead of knowing how to avoid being hit without having to think about it. Completely accepting thin…
  • @David said: @Kerome said: Some wise words from the NB Sangha thank you all. I guess what it comes down to is that “acceptance of what is” is a process of discovery and natural growth. It is an extension in the direction…
  • Some wise words from the NB Sangha thank you all. I guess what it comes down to is that “acceptance of what is” is a process of discovery and natural growth. It is an extension in the direction in which you already growing. It requires minimal e…
  • @33_3 said: It is a parlor game. I expect the negative comments. Peace George I respect your opinion and your history with alcohol, @33_3. Personally I’ve not noticed any long term benefits from combining alcohol and mindfulness, so I’m i…
  • My Christmas tableau... in miniature on the window sill to save space