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Kerome · Did I fall in the forest? · Veteran

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  • Personally I found karma to be the wrong end of approaching the dharma for a new beginner. It either is present and active or not, but generally the effects of something are part and parcel of the action, so "karma" is kind of inherent, and far from…
  • And Triratna versus Friends of the Western Buddhist Order? I find FWBO slightly more intrigueing sounding I have to say, "random eastern sounding name" does-not-equal credibility.
  • I must say I get weird vibes about any organisation which claims to know about the afterlife or has some kind of plan mapped out for multiple incarnations. This kind of thinking is fertile ground for psychosis, and very difficult to come by for a ge…
  • Or if you liked guitar... Rodrigo y Gabriela is a Mexican duo who do amazing guitar music, mixing in percussive elements with wonderfully quick interchanges...
  • This man has some amazing skills at the trumpet... his father invented the quarter-tone trumpet, which can play Lebanese folk music, and while Ibrahim Maalouf was brought up in France, you can hear the native influences in his play, just awesome!
  • Why is it that some people who purport to be religious have such difficulty letting go of views or even applying Right Speech?
  • @federica said: I think what @Kerome may be referring to is just letting the brain give up whatever words or phrases come into the fore of the conscious and speaking them out loud. I get a stream of random, totally unconnected thoughts in my h…
  • @karasti said: I quite enjoyed Living Buddha, Living Christ myself. I wasn't raised Catholic and still deal with my own ill-feelings about the Christianity I was raised with. BUT, I do find what Jesus taught to be wonderful, and there are some re…
  • I find the combination of yoga and meditation to be very helpful. Strong and energetic body, healthy and skilful mind working in tandem to reach a higher level. But be sure not to waste it or let it leave your body, those prana energies can be stron…
  • I will try that next time I fancy a beer... sugar rush rather than alcohol rush
  • Thanks @lobster, inspirational! I've been advised that in order to beat this I need to become free from fear. For me this means a better relationship with wrathful aspects, and a careful blocking out of demons. It is something I will work on. …
  • I'd suggest starting with mindfulness and the 4 noble truths. Mindfulness gives you the insight into the origin of your thoughts and feelings, while the 4 noble truths point you at your suffering and the cessation of it. I wouldn't go so far as t…
  • Maybe I won't try that again, given the reaction to the aftermath...
  • Really difficult nights sleep... supposedly a demon shaped by my worry materialised from the space around me, penetrated into my soul and started adjusting key factors to do with the protective influences we all have around us. It was a bit like a s…
  • I've had various experiences with low-carb diets... I tried the 4-hour body diet from Tim Ferris's book, which was quite good because it allowed some more variety in the way of legumes and beans. I also tried the original Atkins diet and another low…
  • I sometimes go full-immersion in Thich Nhat Hanh's online dharma talks. Yesterday I watched about 4.5 hrs of orientation and talks from The Art of Suffering retreat from 2013 at the Blue Cliff Monastery. I just find him so restful... if I fill a …
  • And then I have a tough night's sleep, and feel wobbly all morning, and have a very difficult vipassana session in which my concentration keeps breaking down. So you can see, there are easy meditations and hard meditations. During this one I had a l…
  • It does, for many politicians and ordinary people, but should it? I feel people should take honesty, heartfulness and virtue much more seriously. There should be websites tracking the moral integrity of all politicians and people in public office.
  • We do have some good science communicators to the public, people like Prof Brian Cox, Dr Michio Kaku, Neil Degrasse Tyson, even Richard Dawkins. But we don't seem to have many politician scientists, or scientists who specialise in communicating with…
  • I find mindful walking pleasurable and helpful. Posture I've not yet delved into deeply, I'm leaving it for later after my practice is more fully established. Mindfulness of the body I have mixed experiences with... often my hypnopompic experiences …
  • I totally agree that mindfulness is very valuable, both as a way of creating presence, and as a method for sharpening insight. Another area I feel is valuable is "wisdom transmission", usually as discourses: I find if the discourse is from J. Krishn…
  • @lobster said: Sorry guys. The question is very simple ... Are YOU a half hearted Buddhist unable to unravel and focus on what will change YOUR perplexed situation? The thing is, it's worthwhile to accept that we are all just conti…
  • It's odd how people are willing to listen to the lobbyists, but not to the science. Maybe what society needs is better science communicators.
  • Another amazing vipassana session, deep in the night, where I was going higher and higher, and as I was moving I saw various problems with my mind/aura, and with just a few words I was able to correct things, introducing more dispassion where worry …
  • Thanks for the suggestion @lobster, if it happens again I will try tonglen.
  • @federica said: This is a serious question: Have you encountered this before, and have you considered a malevolent presence? No I haven't encountered this before, although I do sometimes have tactile sensations related to hypnopompic h…
  • It was meant to be a humorous interlude, but you're right, we shouldn't mock.
  • If it really was all the way "no pain, no gain" then how do you explain all the Americans who put on hundreds of pounds from profoundly pleasurable cheeseburger eating? They certainly "gained" something...
  • Osho once said that before you get enlightened one of the things you need to do is empty your head... so maybe an empty-headed Buddha isn't even such an inaccurate sign
  • I've been reading Zen Mind, Beginners Mind and there a great deal of attention is given to posture. But the rationale given is that on some level the posture -is- the meditation. Pain in the mind or body is a signal that something is wrong. It ca…
  • Currently reading the collected dharma talks of Ajahn Chah which someone linked as a PDF earlier. Enjoying it so far!
  • I rather suspect none of the monks can fly, it's only some of them are very good at imagining that they are flying Or perhaps that is just the sceptical scientist in me talking.
  • The thing is fasting for a long time has not been fashionable. Doctors as a group have been advocating a "healthy", regular food supply, and have even frowned on things such as the Paleo natural diet. So it's interesting to see them come around to a…
  • Well fasting apparently is good for you... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11683736/Five-day-fasting-diet-slows-down-ageing-and-may-add-years-to-life.html
  • Very few people take referrals to anyone on matters of opinion, and most don't educate themselves sufficiently. Even when we do, most mature people view new information with scepticism. That is why we need professional persuaders - educators and the…
  • My take is that correcting fact is something that can and should be done by anyone who has acquired the necessary knowledge. Correcting opinion is a question of applying wisdom and insight, and is often best left to the professional educator or t…
  • @federica said: Please appreciate that simply because you are averse to Biblical teaching, there is still a world of learning therein. Well, your mileage may vary. The problem I have with most biblical learning is not the wisdom, of whic…
  • I find it hard to believe that "those who continue to get rich" don't realise that beyond a decent house and a holiday every year, there isn't that much to spend the money on... until you make enough to retire, and at that point you might as well be…
  • The main problem I've had with visualisations is that they seem to last a very short time... I call to mind a certain image, and it fades over the course of about 3-5 seconds. So to visualise a single image and keep it in mind for the period of time…
  • Hmm well, soon coming to a burger chain near you... http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/answering-how-a-sausage-gets-made-will-be-more-complicated-in-2020 The upside is, there will no longer be any killing of conscious beings involved.
  • It may be advancement of our understanding of animals, but not of our understanding of enlightenment. The person who understood that best was Siddhartha Gautama, and if in the sutra's it says "only in a human life is there a chance of enlightenment"…
  • I think a great strength of Buddhism is its diversity - online you can choose to learn from people like Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest tradition, or a modern take on Zen from Thich Nhat Hanh, or a more traditional Tibetan Buddhism from the Dalai Lama…
  • @karasti said: Are we sure Buddha had everything right though? I mean, EVERYTHING? His time was so much different, their level of understanding of animals and other areas of science. What about service dogs? Are they not working on Karma to a gre…
  • He's from the Dagpo Rinpoche's school, so that's Gelug Tibetan Buddhist.
  • Most of the time I attend a class with a Dutch monk, which focuses on studying a text. They're not truly dharma talks, they are an attempt to get a bird's eye view of the dharma and all the things in it. Most of the real dharma talks I've attended h…
  • Why do people get defensive? Because religion is usually held to be something that should be uplifting and good for you, so a religion which doesn't view everything as sweetness and light and wisdom might be seen as being out-of-touch. I think it…
  • The existence of any corner is purely a device of the ego (and the delusion of self)... in short I have no corner.