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  • I took refuge in the Buddha as a teenager albeit unknowingly. The small Dharma I internalized upon reading about Buddha helped me immensely. Now as a Pure Land Buddhist my refuge in Amida Buddha is very literal and important. When we stop focusin…
  • My dad and I are going to a Foo Fighters concert in November. I am a huge Nirvana (no pun intended) and Dave Grohl fan. He's a great guy. I've been listening to his music more recently. This is arguably the band's best song imo. A good commentary…
  • @DhammaDragon I too love taking notes though I usually just annotate extensively and sticky note. I am waiting until we are all ready discussing before reading. I've only read the intro and chapter 1. I would like to go piece by piece until I've …
  • @Hozan There was a great essay I found online that connected Star Wars to Shin Buddhism but after some digging I believe the website got revamped and the link is no longer active. Such a shame, it really opened my eyes to Amida Buddha...and I love a…
  • Yesterday where I live it was cloudy all day. The longest day of the year and no sun!
  • Wow....this is all very interesting. I have no athletic experience. At all. Did either of you start yoga as an average couch potato? Edit: there is a yoga studio in my town. I have been considering signing up for a class
  • @paulyso love your simplicity and humor. The fart joke made me laugh. I think anyone would. Even Buddha. Or especially Buddha. @Will_Baker reminds me of TS Eliot, my favorite poet ever. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/det…
  • Here is a poem I wrote after graduating high school
  • My book will be arriving today or tomorrow!
  • Ever since high school I have been amazed by this stuff but it's always flown over my head. The same still holds true. Perhaps we aren't all meant to be scientific Buddhists. I'd have more fun as a philosopher anyway. You can have technology. I'll t…
  • @DhammaDragon the most illusive wisdom seems to be the simplest. The heart sutra says everything is nothing and nothing is everything (at least when paraphrased by myself). It is simple. What is difficult is the conditioning we've developed against …
  • This post was very interesting and has made me think about what I want to do. I never thought I was lucky to encounter the Dharma so early. It just seemed like the right thing to do. I was drawn to it as a teenager. I never really practiced but I be…
  • I have issues getting outside of my head. Pure Land devotion helps me stay grounded. When I open my heart to Amida I simultaneously open my heart to the Dharma of all Buddhas. It has been greatly beneficial to not have to think, only focus, and know…
  • I don't remember who said it but I read on this forum that our perceptions are independent of actual reality, none of us will know it entirely until we totally transcend the limits of our consciousness and personhood. I believe the best we can do un…
  • As a Pure Land Buddhist my ideas of rebirth and reincarnation are focused on Amidas Pure Land. I am not sure if when I die I really will enter Nirvana. I just know through my devotion to Amida my life right now is better, and I am sowing the seeds f…
  • Thanks for this great advice. I have noticed immense distress arising with all this positive thought lately. I realize now I have felt these spiritual experiences before. I was born 3 months early and almost died. Miraculously I had no apparent h…
  • @paulyso a good perspective, I think this is why I was unknowingly confused and started over thinking?
  • Regardless of how smoothly this goes, may our project inspire further group learning. Is our Sangha expanding? I think more activities like this would really be beneficial to all of us. Let's wait and see
  • @paulyso yes it is good to be grounded. @lobster has reminded me of this in my recent threads on pure land. Personally my mind needs direction. Basic breath meditation helped me realize the Buddhist basics. Now that I am slowly refining my practice …
  • Speaking further of Pure Land visualisations I wrote a poem and drew something that is close to what I visualize. I will post it here or start another thread solely on visualisations. My exploration into Pure Land has been very fruitful and I onl…
  • I feel like it is still the same person who thinks sees and eats which I call myself. But I feel like I have a wider perspective. Time doesn't seem as short or long. Everything that happens is just another second in the day. And I really love watchi…
  • @person has a very good idea
  • @Hozan Why yes I am! Seeing Luke prevail through compassion and love was inspiring. I am very interested in the ties between Star Wars and Buddhism. There is a book I want to buy called the Dharma of Star wars. Have you heard of it? @paulyso you'…
  • Personally as a begginer spiritual explorer I would prefer to discuss the books in chunks. I think it would pave a better understanding and help further reading. But I am just one member of our democratic book group. Should we put it to a vote? I…
  • I found myself crying reading this. Tears of sadness but wonder too. To think we all have the possibility to face death with such certainty and dignity and peace is amazing. May John rest in peace. His actions will not leave my thoughts for a very …
  • Buddhism has opened my eyes to all the world's wisdom. Though I want to study everything and experience new things I believe Buddhism will always be my "home base"
  • @grackle Thank you I am very excited. The fact that Amida Buddha is a Buddha means he succeeded in his vows and there is already a place for me in a pure land. Focusing on his love helps me love myself and everyone else. It is good to emulate. So…
  • @vinlyn I have to understand something in order to overcome it. I do ponder too much. But I always learn something in the end. I am used to bad karma. It's always remedied out after several unsucesful attempts. Then could it become good karma?
  • I would be interested in reading as well!
  • @paulyso you bring an interesting point. For me My own fears have caused negative actions and consequences. I made my own fears a reality by constantly imagining them, and then acted accordingly, living my worst case scenario. Our fears manifest by …
  • Just read your second post Fear
  • My mind immediately jumped to scrabble for answers after being faced with just this question. Perceptions? Sure I have all kinds. But is it the perceptions that matter or the act of perceiving itself? When I perceive things I am more liable to misco…
  • @Kerome your mention of Universalists is interesting. There is a church in my area I want to check out. Upon reading their website they very much seem to be more concerned with compassion and embracing our differences rather than ignoring them or at…
  • @federica that's what I thought too. But this struggle will just be something else to explore and discover with the same mind set. I have bad self discipline. But no matter what happens or mistakes I make I try to take it as a learning experience…
  • @33_3 What a great song, just took a listen. Thanks for sharing
  • @DhammaDragon thanks so much for sharing. What a beautiful piece of wisdom
  • There are meditations centered heavily on visualisations or chanting. I used to meditate while listening to sutras beings read. There are many things you can do, different paths for all. In the end everything's the same. Good luck.
  • @paulyso Look up the book "Living as a River" it is a 6 part meditation focusing on the elements and nature backed with science and commentary. It was a great read, you will probably enjoy it. I think I read it too early in my practice. And to th…
  • I am not able to delve into a deep practice right now but the small mindfulness I have acquired has helped me greatly. Which just shows how powerful Buddhism is even in small doses.
  • After states of being very anti-religion, nihilistic, and existentialist, and then on the other side, very swayed by God figures to the point I was more worried about that than my practice, I have come to a happy medium. I read a lot about different…
  • I love reading about AI and Singularity even though it's terrifying. I think Exponential Technological Growth is the path we are on right now. Between 2000-2010 we got smartphones, a robust global Internet, social media, etc etc. I think 2010-201…
  • @Todd0248 There are negatives and positives to all religions, we have to know what parts have been tarnished by cultural and societal pressures. You can say the same about Buddhism. Several different types of people--all outcasts, such as gay men an…
  • I ask a question to myself and know the right answer already.
  • Now I want to get a cushion too. Maybe once I buy it I'll suddenly meditate all the time.