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Kerome · Did I fall in the forest? · Veteran

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  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: I'll leave you to supply a sutra then which proves that the Buddha believed in deva's And the ones that are reborn in the heavenly worlds, well, those are by definition devas. But those…
  • @Kannon said: @Kerome significant insight can be found through spirits. I think you are missing the point. It it not a mind issue but a heart issue. Buddhism is not just about the mind. It is also about loving kindness. My mind is not loving or k…
  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: My own experience has been that believing in spirits stands in the way of understanding your own mind. If you have a certain experience in meditation and you chalk it up to playful spirits you may be m…
  • I still find it odd that this concept should be called "emptiness". As per TNH's explanation, things are full of interdependent being, full of their non-self elements. The only thing that's not there is a quality that makes it uniquely that thing, a…
  • @SpinyNorman said: Thich Naht Hahn used to talk about interdepedence rather than emptiness. From the experience of practising in his school ( "Interbeing" ) I realised he did this because interdependence was more palatable and less threatening th…
  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: so why should the belief in Devas in a cloudy realm persist against any notion of evidence? Because Buddhism is not a materialist religion and there's no reason for it to change to one. …
  • @seeker242 said: @lobster said: @grackle said: @Shoshin. They can be found outside of the mind as well. Duz they ride dwagons or unicorns or just float on clouds? III. The Se…
  • I found that as I made more of an effort to be mindful, I would notice more things. It became easier to gain insight into things like the source of a particular emotion. This kind of gels with what Thich Nhat Hanh says, which is that mindfulness …
  • I yesterday heard emptiness being described as potential, something alive rather than nothing. I thought it was rather beautiful. It was in I Am That, by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, which I am reading, yes wickedness I know, it's Advaita and not Bu…
  • Well your background is chequered but as an Osho sannyasin of Dutch Reformed Christian heritage I think I have the edge in disreputableness... like some people here combine the Buddha with Jewishness, I combine him with an Indian guru. That's ok. …
  • @lobster said: @Kerome said: My experience is it is generally healthier to assume that such entities are a manifestation of our own mind and state, and to detach and let these things come and go, just like manifestations in meditati…
  • If Truth cannot be countered, contradicted or opposed, then what do we do with Alternative Facts and lobbyists, dear @lobster. Besides burn them in effigy, I mean. I think the Truth being unopposable is only the case internally when meditating on th…
  • @lobster said: Dear Friends of the Mother Buddhas http://www.iloveulove.com/spirituality/buddhist/21tarahomage.htm Tara our sister, daughter, wife and Mother is a Great Being, manifesting Blessing Thanks for that @Lobster th…
  • Well the coming into being of religious views is in itself something fraught with difficulty: shamans take psychoactive substances, prophets might be schizophrenic or psychotic, holy books get outdated by science even if they once made sense. So …
  • About the statue @shoshin ... his hara seems to be missing, perhaps it's an allegorical warning against over-meditating.
  • @vinlyn said: I have never understood why so many Buddhists will deny the existence of God so vehemently, and then believe in all these other "spirits". I think there's a lot of confusion between actual Buddhism and culture, and the two should n…
  • @lobster said: we must not fry our mind. Hmmm, butter, a little garlic... Yum!
  • I have in the past attempted to fill my head with wisdom from teachers and master's, and do what they say. But I am forced to acknowledge that much of what I was, I still am. There has not been a wholesale transformation, or perhaps I cannot see it.…
  • I always find it interesting to contemplate the boundaries of mental health and religious practice. What a Vietnamese villager calls an encounter with a demon voice might by a western psychiatrist be called a short psychotic break with auditory hall…
  • Apparently the Rapture is happening 23rd September. Thought you would want to know. https://www.indy100.com/article/world-ends-september-23-the-rapture-bible-passage-star-alignment-antichrist-7949156
  • I'm not too sure, choosing a religion as if it's from a menu just feels wrong. You might pick the biggest one, but something like Christianity is much more difficult to get something worthwhile out of. You can point at the mystics and people like Me…
  • @seeker242 said: @SpinyNorman said: @seeker242 said:> The whole notion of death is a wrong idea. I don't see how, it's a fact. We see life forms dying all the time, plants, fish, animals, people.…
  • @SpinyNorman It's debateable whether Right Effort is all you need when mental illness is considered though. Ultimately things like mindful insight can lead you to the causes, but in the meantime you may need help from a therapist, medication... it d…
  • @Namada do you think it is appropriate to choose a religion according to the same criteria that you would use to choose a consumer product? I think finding the right religion is something like choosing a book of poetry - it has to be something th…
  • I suspect this woman Gretchen is modelling her types from her family and kids. They seem very kids-and-teenager types. Real adult human beings are significantly more complex... people may have a dominant reaction type, but I use various strategies a…
  • This is another area where computer games form a bad habit, if you ask me - they teach you to be very cavalier and instant with your judgments. Time in a game is often precious and it teaches you to make snap judgments and look no further than the o…
  • I wish I could tell you, but I don't exactly know. It's like I see some lesson or piece of lore and suddenly a bell goes off in my head signalling "this is for you!" And I go charging off after it as if shot out of a cannon. Sometimes I grasp a c…
  • It makes you wonder how many of these projects exist out there... certainly the Global Oneness people try to motivate teachers to provide lessons to kids based on the materials on their site. They try to build some buy in and disseminate the informa…
  • @Lionduck said: Start with a fresh seeking mind every day. Or, start with seeking a fresh mind every day.
  • @SpinyNorman said: I've been exploring Buddhism for nearly 40 years and I still feel like I'm scraping the surface. Perhaps it means that you're approaching things from the wrong end? I.e. Learning rather than working on oneself? Althou…
  • I find it useful to return to this once in a while... it's like familiarity with the emotions and the names opens certain doors, allows you to see things more clearly in the moment.
  • Early morning chants off YouTube...
  • I'm no longer sure there is such a thing as a whole and healthy self, or a broken self. There is just clear awareness and focus which is only peripherally aware of a thought and feeling stream, at this time in the morning anyway. The more I focus…
    in Broken Comment by Kerome September 15
  • @federica said: "I slept and dreamt I was a butterfly. Or am I a butterfly awake, who dreams it is a man?" Or, something like that..... Chuang Tzu, I believe. I'm mostly of @Traveller's persuasion. I once read this paper which s…
  • I've now finished the book, and I'll answer my own question, it's not an alternative to the 4NT or the N8FP, but it does contain methods for minimising our suffering. Mindfulness is a recurring theme. The first thing to understand is that there a…
  • I was going to cite the Anapanasati Sutra, which gives stages of meditation for calming feelings before examining mental formations ("thoughts"), but I like @Federica's answer better. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anapanasati Although actual…
  • @karasti said: @Kerome, Asking as more of a devil's advocate question, as I do get it, having seen similar games. But what is the point of immersing oneself in a fake natural world versus the real one? For me, interacting with the world in that w…
  • I've found it useful when looking at letting go to consider whether things are beneficial or unbeneficial, and in what ways they are unbeneficial. Often when you're internally chewing on something it is often motivated by a negative mind state at he…
  • There are some games that have no or very few negative aspects, for example Flower or Journey by thatgamecompany. I was watching the Apple Event this morning and was very pleased to see that their new game Sky is coming out for iPad, iPhone and Appl…
  • @SpinyNorman said: @lobster said:> - a flower, candle, stone, image, Also the sea, the clouds, some trees - nature is a wonderful teacher! PS unless it's raining. Yeah, melancholy can come on the wings o…
  • I have some difficulty with the sutra's main recommendation - I am calling it a sutra because the book also does - of "a single life" mainly because I feel that sex is a natural function of the body, and in a way to neglect sex and the function of o…
  • I'll have you know that my dad contributed to Osho's Rolls Royce fund, which was managed as a proper investment fund, and on leaving the commune was repaid his inlay with a small profit after the rolls royces were liquidated... he actually made mone…
  • It's easy to find guru ranking sites on the internet, some of whom say one thing and others which say another. Similarly any controversial figure is going to stir up a few "Exposed!" video's. But Osho was not a Buddhist, and he was very much in f…
  • @Shoshin said: Is Buddhism just like the others? Well not according to Buddhist scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr "Many great Buddhist figures state unequivocally that enlightenment is accessible …
  • It's probably one of those things you have to do many times, make peace with death. You may feel you have done it, only for the fear of death to make a comeback when the moment is close.
  • I would say Buddhism is not like the others. It is non-theistic, it is inquiry-based, it focuses on the nature of mind. These things set it apart from other religions, and my experience has been it is transformational even if you don't make it to Ni…