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That's very interesting. There used to be several people here, including a moderator, who said they follow the basic teachings, read now and then from books on Buddhism, but following the basics and having one's own little independe…
If sharing my experiences helps anyone on here, then I am glad.
And thank you for it @JaySon, I truly appreciate you. I notice some people don't have the time or don't bother commenting on …
Here's a link to all the audio versions if anyone's interested: http://www.dhammatalks.org/mp3_collections_index.html
(Correction. I was mistaken. Those aren't all the talks. They are just the talks from one of the teachers. Jumped the gun...)
Ajahn Brahm has some entertaining books. All stories. Often funny.
Tonglen is a major part of my practice, as taught by my teacher several years ago. We do it as a sanga group as well. But you always start and focus on someone close to you who it is easy to be compassionate for, and then expand as…
@JaySon , here is an old thread that might be of interest.
On reflection, we're probably safer on this forum to discuss such incidents than on others.
I mean, when we can discuss being single, politics, sexual preferences …
PM discussion is fine.
In my experience here (and elsewhere), it seems to be that openly discussing jhanas can get a bit 'egoic' and defeat the object.
I've followed a serious and intense discussion on another forum whe…
Since there will be no more talk of jhana club, I'll point you all to the person whose book Right Concentration helped me get to first jhana.
I have about 10 books on the subject but this one gave me the breakthrough to first jhana.
What's a jhana to you, @JaySon? I could google, I just want to hear how you'd explain one.
It's a state of deep meditation that arises naturally when the mind is concentrated and temporarily free from the five hindrances.
What tradition is it that teaches about jhanas? I've never heard this term before participating on internet forums.
Theravada Thai Forrest Tradition. Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Brahm. There are a few books on jhana on Amazon.
"I" just heard Robert Thurman describe this experience to a T in The Jewel Tree of Tibet chapter 8. He says you have to keep going back and going back to it.
Hey @JaySon, I got the book from…
It's my fault for not speaking clearly enough about what I mean by it is a moral universe.
I'm not saying the universe prefers virtue.
Maybe it is too hard to explain, though emptiness, compassion, karma, virtue, the Buddha nature... It all fi…
@JaySon the problem becomes that everyone has different ideas of what harm is, and where that line is of whether you are harming someone or not. Harm has a lot of perception attached to it from both sides.
Yep. Like whether…
Radiant, pure minds beneath our defilements.
Our living core is empty
Our natural state has no qualities
Harmony and disharmony have no truth
Nothing beneath, nothing above, all pure mind ...
Also, I disagree in part about the nature of the mind.
When you expel the hindrances from your mind during single pointed meditation, you experience an uncontaminated mind beneath all the hindrances.
This is the natural mind I'm talking about.…
... mind control, mood augmentation, reframing, self hypnosis, that sort of thing, can be beneficial to those who require a better bunch of thoughts.
Having gotten 5 certifications in hypnosis and NLP, I have come to the co…
Clearly the Buddha taught to control the mind as if it were a wild steed in need of breaking, the ability to focus on virtuous thoughts or no thoughts at all or shift focus away from non-virtuous thoughts, at will.
The trees that you meet out on your walk, they are a lot more real to you than Donald Trump, who you cannot do anything about. Breathe their air, be calm and limit Trump's ownership of your brain to the minuscule spot he deserves.
@JaySon But you don't have snow on Christmas. And I can't ski or snowboard there! I love south Florida, we often take a trip to the Keys in April when we can't handle winter anymore. We went in June last year and the blooming fl…
It's -45F windchill here this morning. There is suffering without following thought, Your eyes and nostrils freeze shut whether you think about it or not.
You should move down here to Florida. High 70s and beautiful here!
Now, I'm no saying Jesus went to the east and learned Buddhism. But I believe he was either a bodhisattva or a fully awakened Buddha all on his own accord.
OK sure, if you say so. Now what?
Thank you @JaySon & @karasti I get it now.
So if I walk by a tree I just recognize it as a tree instead of "wow, that tree is old" or "wow, that tree has beautiful leaves". Just see it and move on.
There was once an enlightened monk who liked to go on walks alone in the morning in order to see the sunrise.
One day a novice monk wanted to go on a walk with the master, so the master said sure, as long as the novice would keep quiet.