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  • In Tibetan Buddhism the use of oracles is pretty well established, his holiness the Dalai Lama even consults them on occasion and he’s otherwise a fairly scientific man. Of course it’s not Theravāda and so maybe of limited use to the OP.
  • @federica said: It's nice, but fanciful. There is no 'immortality' in Buddhism, you're aware of this, right...? It has reincarnation and karma, which is a kind of eternal life, wouldn’t you agree? Not quite everything comes along, there i…
  • @Linc said: @ColinA said: Is the site shutting down today? No. First, I've had to delay a day. Second, it should take less than an hour when it does go down. Has this happened now? The site looks pretty much th…
  • Yes I did... I thought why not try something a little different.
  • Interesting, there’s a lot I didn’t know about Martin Luther King, Jr. Here in Europe he is given less attention in schools and public gatherings than in the US, so I suppose it’s expected. But I remember him being talked about and remembered in …
  • @Amanaki said: Only this moment is in focus. Not dwelling in the past or worry about future. That is unavoidable, the past and the future are constructs of the mind. Still the 4NT and N8FP are about process and goals.
  • @federica said: How have you come so far and believed suffering is only physical...?? I’m not insensitive to there being mental categories of suffering, but I was making the point that what motivated Siddhartha when he started his journe…
  • @seeker242 said: In the day to day practice, I don't really see much difference between any of the traditions. Everyone keeps the precepts, everyone does meditation, everyone cultivates compassion and kindness, etc. Same difference. Wel…
  • @adamcrossley said: Could an argument be made that at ordination level, it’s wise to focus one’s efforts on one path, whereas for lay followers, the ecumenical approach is better? It could certainly be said that when you ordain you start …
  • @Shoshin said: Something is missing? ...Hmm a permanently abiding entity called the self perhaps Maybe... but it does strike me that the things that moved the Buddha most in his search for enlightenment — old age, …
  • @lobster said: Something is missing? Buddhism can be dry, unemotional (Dispassionate - pah ... who are we kidding?) but it is a head based system ... I agree with the clawed crustacean... when was the last time you …
  • It’s perfectly understood that Osho’s words are nobody’s but his own, and though he has spoken on some Buddhist teachings he is not affiliated with any Buddhist stream. The fact that he may be vilified on another Buddhist forum does not particula…
  • Very true @Shoshin the intellect can only do so much, who was it who said that ‘the intellectual is less likely to gain enlightenment than a rich man is to pass through the eye of a needle.’ Perhaps it was me
  • There are fish motifs in that cushion!
  • @person said I know you don't mean it this way, but the idea really needs to go away, it allows bible thumpers who believe you can train the gay away to make their claims and other such things possible. You're right in saying there is no …
  • @Tara1978 said: as much varied veg as possible, lots of ginger, turmeric and healthy fats. So where in a vegan diet would you get a good amount of healthy fats? Lots of avocado’s maybe but for the rest I see lots of carb sources but not a…
  • My mother likes this music very much, so I’m familiar with it. Very soothing as you say and very appropriate paintings of Paris to go with it.
  • @lobster said: @Kerome said: Have you come across other good ways to de-condition yourself? Sure. Find the unconditioned. Meditation. You knew? Do you find meditation truly a good way to break down conditioning…
  • @ERose said: Small nuance: I don't think deconditioning is what we are talking about. Rather, we are talking about reconditioning. @federica yes? And not just reconditioning willy nilly, but reconditioning with purpose, with intention and …
  • It’s interesting... thanks for the introduction to Sartre, I did some quick reading. @adamcrossley said: Sartre said that the more you become aware of the factors determining your actions, the freer you are to act under your own volition. …
  • @kaegriffy said: But I would out forward the notion that being Vegan is a more compassionate lifestyle to one that eats meat and diary weekly. Would all Buddhists in the Western world today be Vegan? And I was just about to say tha…
  • @Jason said: ... and even spiritual practices outside of Buddhism that are complimentary. Explore, experiment, and have fun. That is one of the things I value most about NewBuddhist — that while the focus is on Buddhism, there are regular…
  • Describing a state beyond words with words is rather futile. I have heard it is a state of no-mind, a being filled with a great energy, a feeling of awareness and happiness of greater concentration than any you’ve ever known, a freeing laughter. The…
  • @lobster said: How does this body of transmission or transmission of bodhidharmour manifest? * Acting stillness, in other words mindful and stillness in being * Harmony. Buddha dance off. * Presence of Well Being * Absorbing n…
  • I’m hearing from friends about efforts to make a modern system of thinking about how food benefits health. But these efforts are being stymied by government rules and the medical profession, neither of whom want to cooperate.
  • I have been reading about Kabir, the poet and mystic. He says in his various songs that a human should attempt to be the host to a godly experience, and then only when the self is no more suddenly god will be there... beautiful, and perhaps also a b…
  • @federica said: These ancient systems are still used today, alongside more modern methods. I baulk at these ancient systems being labelled as 'alternative'. They've been around a long time. If anything's 'alternative', it's modern medicine, b…
  • @SE25Wall said: nowt wrong with feelings. if they are generated by excessive clinging then they can lead to suffering. when Millwall win a game i feel such joy and i love being attached to that feeling. but i know it's impermanent so i can…
  • Yeah but if you look at the functioning of the human body from a scientific point of view, there are only three large concentrations of neurons — the brain, the spine and the intestines — with which we do our thinking and experiencing. So it stands …
  • I’ve never been able to locate a chakra in my inner or outer worlds... perhaps they are fantasy?
  • @Linc one thing that occurs to me that would be really worthwhile is a way to rate threads in the search results. The only way right now to see if a thread is going to have good content is to see how many pages of replies there are, which gives some…
  • @ColinA said: Thank you @kerome for the good advice and the book recommendation. I am going to get a copy of the book. It’s a good starting book for Buddhists who are interested in getting more deeply into the teachings. The other thing I…
  • @federica said: @David said: Every time a subject like this comes up it gets ruined for the 5th precept. Gods forbid we talk about the 1st though, eh? The first one covers all the others, and states that one shouldn't …
  • If you do searches on well-known Buddhist terms and their translations you’ll get quite a long way, for example if you search for anatta as well as ‘not-self’ then you’ll find quite a few threads that are of interest. In terms of knowing what to …
  • @SE25Wall said: psychedelics have, overall, been great for mankind I think I largely agree with that. They certainly fuelled a cultural change in direction in the 1960’s and 70’s, and contributed a lot of thinking and feeling towards a mo…
  • @David said: @Jeffrey a quick google search will clear it up. I still don't know how to link but we are talking things that make you hallucinate and go on "trips". Peyote, LSD, PCP, magic mushrooms... Cannabis is not in that class nor does it af…
  • @federica said: @Kerome said: So how would you feel about antidepressant medication or antipsychotics? Those alter the way in which the mind processes experience, yet can be lifesavers for people with various conditions and are often tak…
  • @federica said: I'm of the opinion that anything which is capable of altering a mind-set and affecting the way the mind processes experience, is a no-no. And that includes - as far as I am concerned - cannabis. So how would you feel about…
  • Agree with @shoshin and @Federica, meeting people online is very hit and miss. You could try Tinder, or Plenty of Fish, but I’d stay away from paid dating websites, they are often full of fake profiles. Hiking groups can work very well, my dad fo…