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Kerome · Did I fall in the forest? · Veteran

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  • @satcittananda said: apart from acknowledging that the human condition as nothing more than "suffering" and yet more 'suffering' ad nauseam, ad infinitum, what is the human condition from your perspective? The human condition is all soun…
  • I don’t think you can equate HHDL with a ‘hate preacher’, to do so is undiscerning. Governments may perhaps try take those stances, but that is a perversion of the terminology, and I don’t think the people are fooled, at least in those environments …
  • The Solitary Confinement thread reminded me of this... great tune which I think moved a lot of hearts and minds.
  • @mindatrisk said: @Kerome said: However, if you decide to persecute preachers of hateful beliefs, then I think you would be fairly safe in ending up not prosecuting the likes of Jesus. Pretty much the only hateful thing he did was k…
  • However, if you decide to persecute preachers of hateful beliefs, then I think you would be fairly safe in ending up not prosecuting the likes of Jesus. Pretty much the only hateful thing he did was kicking the money lenders out of the temple, publi…
  • @mindatrisk said: The difference between you and I and an Islamic fundamentalist cutting peoples heads off is circumstances. If you or I were raised under those beliefs, and if we experienced our homelands being destroyed and exploited, then mayb…
  • It’s a worldwide issue, there are hotspots like Syria where people seem to be more concerned with waging war in the name of religion than being kind. I think the Dalai Lama was right when he said it was more important to be a better Christian, Mu…
  • If this was heaven and I’d given birth (am I a divine female then? Gosh) then presumably the baby would also be in heaven? So that would be a pretty good start for the baby, a rebirth in the heavenly realms. According to Buddhism that means we must …
  • Or we can combine the worst of both worlds and have weekly threads for daily sutta’s.
  • @DhammaDragon you have neatly illustrated my point as to why separate threads are good, thank you. In a single thread, it’s hard to keep people from catching up with comments on the previous sutta’s, which will inevitably happen when people find amo…
  • @Wisop said: The core text is a commentary on the Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa's Eight Verses of training the mind For those who are interested... http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/geshe-langri-thangpa/eight-verses-training-mind…
  • I quite liked having separate threads so that we can keep the discussions around each sutta separate and focused. I think with a single thread the discussions will start to overlap, and the whole will lose clarity. Perhaps as @carlita suggested h…
  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: It’s an interesting sutta... although I find it odd that the four factors leading one to be a stream winner are stated as “verified confidence in” the Buddha / Dharma / Sangha, and unspecified benefici…
  • I think that’s true, I think many people do live out of their Worry, Anxiety, Fear centre. It’s a very immediate way of thinking, and many people have a subconscious scanner running in their brains looking for things that they should be afraid of. I…
  • Dharma practice is like instantly recognising the truth and then spending weeks trying to put it in practice. The wheels turn slowly.
  • @Carlita said: This is a long sutta to post. Here is an exerpt. "I ask the kinsman of the Sun, the great seer, about seclusion & the state of peace. Seeing in what way is a monk unbound, clinging to nothing in the world?" "…
  • @seeker242 said: Maybe a typo or something? This excerpt is from the Vera sutta: AN 10.92. It’s an interesting sutta... although I find it odd that the four factors leading one to be a stream winner are stated as “verified confidence in” …
  • Well said, and true, but as with so many of these things it’s about how things turn out in practice. I don’t think many people would have responded as Terry Waite did, by focusing his creativity within the confines of his own mind to alleviate lonel…
  • He says in the interview he was confined for nearly 5 years... that’s a long time to be in solitary, almost like some of the yogi’s who go into retreat up in the Himalayas. But I think he managed to adapt really well, from hearing him talk in the in…
  • Anyone seen the new Lions Roar lead article with a vaguely amusing tagline? https://www.lionsroar.com/i-cant-believe-its-not-buddha/
  • @Felino said: Is Buddhism an invention of the followers of buddha? Can we see the bodhi tree in the forest of bodhi thoughts...? Can we know what buddha did really taught? I think to a certain extent it bears the marks of the thoughts of …
  • Change is inevitable... I visited a company for a job interview yesterday, and found myself being brainwashed by their attitudes and concerns... it was like putting on a mask... it has taken me twelve hours to relax myself! I try to look for oppo…
    in Will Change Comment by Kerome November 8
  • Morning meditation Clearing away sleepy thoughts Mind in emptiness
    in Haiku Comment by Kerome November 8
  • I like a guided meditation once in a while, but often they don’t settle me in the same way as does meditation on the breath. The one is about directing the mind, the other about calming the mind altogether.
  • I’ve found it helpful to read poetry in the morning, for some reason it seems to connect well to the realm of dreams. Certainly things are not going so badly, most of the anxiety disappears by the time I’m fully awake.
  • Thank you @BikkhuJayasara for the story of your journey, it certainly sounds like it hasn’t been easy. The phenomenon of the wall and the panic attack is something familiar, I hope you don’t let it get you down, in the end, whatever the circumstance…
  • My mind either hides from me in meditation, or it sneaks up on me, carrying me away on a thought before I’ve noticed what it’s doing. It’s very devious. In the periods in between I look at the emptiness and concentrate on the breath. It’s interes…
  • Feeling lyrical The haikus resonate Is that all Resonance not progress Powers my dreams To step beyond [fixed the apostrophe for you Fede ]
    in Haiku Comment by Kerome November 6
  • My thoughts seem to be slow and with persistence, so I don’t notice the monkey mind very much. It’s just a succession of thoughts, a slow stream that I’m caught up in, not really monkey chatter. When I pause it seems emptiness is very much there.…
  • I’ve mostly gotten the hang of “just returning to the breath” recently. Controlling thoughts tends to be futile because in what direction would you control them, and isn’t that another thought... it is better to watch for the arising of thoughts, an…
  • @karasti said: Chaos is only chaotic to those who don't understand. There is always a root, a reason, for everything. The only chaos exists in our minds as we try to grasp things on a surface level, getting bashed by waves. When the answer usuall…
  • You’re right of course, and thank you for the kind thoughts. It seems to recur in waves, and I’m most vulnerable to it when half asleep. When waking up it kicks me into wakefulness, with as an end result that I’m pretty much fully awake at 4 in t…
  • Watched it, interesting how such a common complaint turns out to be a stomach bug. It’s difficult to get entirely away from the consequences of living in a country where people are not so set on hygiene.
  • Thanks @karasti ... I know a bit about sleep hygiene but I can probably revisit that if it keeps up. And thanks for the video @lobster, I knew of Michael Sealey but wasn’t aware of this one.
  • All things are but masks at God's beck and call, They are symbols that instruct us that God is all. * Attar of Nishapur
  • There is also the fact that “death” plays a big role in most video games, and that the death of one’s character carries a disproportionate emotional weight compared to the actual punishment the game inflicts (a reload or a few coins). That’s bound t…
  • What wisdom A haiku carries So few words
    in Haiku Comment by Kerome November 3
  • There are worthwhile insights coming from many streams of thought, and someone like Alan Watts becomes a cauldron containing a rich mixture. It’s hard to say that any modern western Buddhist hasn’t picked up a variety of thought from neo Vedanta, Ta…
    in Alan Watts Comment by Kerome November 3
  • You could say that Alan Watts is a good “gateway teacher”... a first point of contact with Eastern philosophy... but perhaps not the best “lifetime teacher”.
    in Alan Watts Comment by Kerome November 3