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  • It is a sign of increasing mindfulness to become aware of the phrases that you are using and to notice that some of them don’t even mean what they say... it is all part of skilful speech and building the right impression to give to your listeners.
    in Silly rant Comment by Kerome 5:55AM
  • Agreed @scottpen about your general conclusion and I’d add that by moving which part of the auditory input to listen to, they are being selective and so are thoughtfully working on their mind’s environment, which is not what I understand meditation…
  • @David said: @Kerome said: @Tsultrim said: some chemicals in susceptible users lead to permanent psychosis. Just knowing that should be enough. Then there are the perils of addiction and the addicts life: over do…
    in Drugees Comment by Kerome May 22
  • @person said: @federica said: 'The uploader has not made this video available in your country'. If I look for it on YouTube, it's one we have to pay for. Synopsis, please...? With changes (increases) to insu…
  • Happy Pentecost to all the Christian Buddhists... it’s a public holiday here and I’ve been sampling the festivities on tv, a very gentle Sunday morning.
  • @federica said: Abundance/Scarcity mentalities. Aren't we just applying new, 'hip' pseudo-analytical labels to something that already has a label? Altruistic generosity/Stingy paranoia. Those terms already exist. Why dress 'em up…
  • I find this a very interesting area myself. For example I did a Buddhism basics course at a Tibetan temple not so long ago, and some things I could verify and some things I could not. A lot of the things about emotion and mind I could find to be tru…
    in Inquiry Comment by Kerome May 17
  • If you do a google search you’ll see that a pdf of the teachings of Ajahn Chah is available on the web, I’ve been slowly making my way through that and it’s very worthwhile.
    in Theravada Comment by Kerome May 17
  • All these things I write Are just pale shadows Rough reflections of thought Passing through language And electronics From my mind to your mind!
    in I AM Comment by Kerome May 16
  • It is clear how such a list of rules may be beneficial to beginners in a certain setting. But I think most people here won’t gain much from it. In my experience the more beneficial parts of the lore are those which encourage you to turn within, to l…
    in Sowing Sutras Comment by Kerome May 16
  • I quite like “go with the flow”... for computer programmers this has a double meaning, as ‘flow’ is a particular state of concentration in problem solving where executing the steps of a solution seems to come naturally. But it’s also kind of true…
    in Platitudes Comment by Kerome May 15
  • @Socair said: The saddest thing about all conflicts the world over is that all children are born innocent. They have to be taught to hate. I see my eldest son in school. His class is very multicultural. At least half of his class have different e…
  • @person said: Rather than everyone getting their information from a few sources we can all get a wide array of news from sources that only tell us what we already believe. The result of everybody being in these bubbles is that they are st…
  • Well there is the Abhaya sutra on Access To Insight... [1] In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual, untrue, unbeneficial (or: not connected with the goal), unendearing & disagreeable to others, he does not say them. …
  • @Vimalajāti said: In my experience, those who seem to be likely to equate release with the presence of mind generally choose to call it exclusively citta (consider the Thai Forest Tradition here). Those who are likely the equate release with the…
  • I have an excellent relationship with my mother, who is a small, feisty but loving lady with long and very curly grey-blonde hair who enjoys nothing better than being visited by family with kids. I’m very grateful that she is still around and in goo…
    in Mother's Day Comment by Kerome May 13
  • @FairyFeller said: a modern westernised version of Buddhism where most of the hard work of interpreting past teaching has already been done for me. It’s interesting, my local Buddhist temple, who are Tibetan of the Gelug persuasion, also …
  • Thanks @Jason, that’s an interesting way of looking at things.
  • Now I agree the article’s author is imperfect in understanding Buddhism, and a lot of his claims are somewhat off true. But this one did spur some thoughts for me: But what troubles me most about Buddhism is its implication that detachment fro…
  • Since @Jason mentioned a previous NewBuddhist thread dealing with this article I thought I’d track it down and link it so that others can enjoy the jewels of our shared heritage... here it is: http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/9456/dissing-buddhi…
  • Here’s a quote from the article which I found interesting: Buddhism's moral and metaphysical worldview cannot easily be reconciled with science—or, more generally, with modern humanistic values. The scientific part seems true to me, bu…
  • @seeker242 said: All of the koans have a good answer. And of course a bad answer as well. The bad answer is the intellectual answer, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a good one. Interesting I’ve never done koan practice. Would you say…
  • Hi @Vimalajāti and welcome... perhaps you’d like to tell us a little bit about your background in Buddhism, to give us a bit of context for your posts?
  • @Shoshin said: @Elauderd said: Im very interested in Buddhism and have been researching for a little while now, but I dont really have access to local centers since there arent any nearby. The closest are hours away. Is there any so…
    in Initiation? Comment by Kerome May 11
  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: it’s like trying and failing to scratch an itch. I think that's the point of koans. To tie hands behind your back and then give you an itch. What to do then?! I suppose that that …
  • One thing I would add about choosing a school of Buddhism: ask about their practices for initiations and retreats. Some directions, such as the Tibetan Vajrayana, require initiations at various points before you progress in the lore, and other schoo…
    in Initiation? Comment by Kerome May 11
  • It’s the time of year when the North Sea Jazz Festival is coming.
  • @seeker242 said: How could a gate have no gate? If there's no gate, then how could it be a gate? When it’s just a hole in the wall... but seriously, there is a kind of fascination to how the mind goes about trying to find answers to ques…
  • So I read about Joshu’s Dog, and the commentary, and I just wondered if anyone else thought that it was a lot of mental gymnastics to get to a feeling of no-mind. It’s a question with no sensible answer, except the answer that is “no-thing”.
  • @Tsultrim said: @Socair it's just a finger pointing at the moon. Aha but what should one look at if it’s a buddha’s finger? Anyway I’ve always wondered what’s so interesting about the moon
  • That’s true, but those things are thinking born from a different time. If you were to ask most modern westerners what the meaning was of a voice talking to you out of the air about gifts from the spirits, most would direct you to go visit a psychiat…
  • But the Dalai Lama on science sounds almost like he wants to adopt western scientific views into Tibetan Buddhism. Which I think is very sensible. I think it is a very modern view to say that “Buddhist cosmology, which was based on Hindu cosmology, …
  • You have a choice out of all the teachers of the past, however they are encoded. Often the problem is just finding who and where to find them...
    in Teachers Comment by Kerome May 9
  • @Tsultrim said: some chemicals in susceptible users lead to permanent psychosis. Just knowing that should be enough. Then there are the perils of addiction and the addicts life: over dosage, heart valve infection, hepatitis C (there is a pandemic…
    in Drugees Comment by Kerome May 9
  • Still from the renunciation section, the Kaligodha sutta [The Buddha:] "Is it true, Bhaddiya that, on going to a forest, to the foot of a tree, or to an empty dwelling, you repeatedly exclaim, 'What bliss! What bliss!'?" [Ven. Bhaddiya:…
  • It seems to me that a lot of these drugs can open doors within the consciousness. They can give you a glimpse but not much more than that. It can still be valuable and life changing, and is probably good for the treatment of depression. However I…
    in Drugees Comment by Kerome May 8
  • Well, certainly a few of them do, those like Ajahn Brahm who give dhamma talks to which lay people listen.
  • Very true. I’ve often found during my time with buddhism that the insight into impermanence on its own is not enough to reach the point of letting go. That in order to really let something go, you have to realise it’s specific drawbacks. For example…
    in Counterintuitive Comment by Kerome May 7
  • It strikes me that an AI would probably not have the same desires and sensuality that a human mind might have... it wouldn’t have the experience of having a body, or sensuality of touch, or appreciation of architecture or a good meal. So much of the…
    in The New Buddha Comment by Kerome May 7
  • @Bunks said: Slightly off topic but a number of times I have heard Sri Lankan and Thai teachers state that we need to develop sila and dana before we can expect to get anything out of our meditation practice. This is true, and you need to…
  • @Tsultrim said: I have enjoyed some of the sutras that have been presented. I wonder, however, if they are the most efficacious way to approach the Dharma in this day and age. I would imagine it depends what you think the dharma is? A Pur…
  • From the renunciation section, from the Abhaya sutta, also called Fearless: "And who is the person who, subject to death, is not afraid or in terror of death? "There is the case of the person who has abandoned passion, desire, fondness,…
  • @Socair said: I suppose I revived the thread as Trump presents a real and present danger to us all and life on Earth. Another point is that forgetting about him won't solve the problem. It’s true, but what relevance does Trump have to Bud…
    in Trump Comment by Kerome May 6