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  • @federica said: Is the tuxedo cat aware of all of this, or is he in a complete moggy-fog? He cares only for wet food.
  • @person said: So what we are giving up isn't the body and mind that we are, we are giving up the false idea that there is a self aside from the body and mind. The "I" is just a concept, a label merely imputed by the mind, a label that…
  • @person said: Make sure you know exactly where and what the I is so you don't abandon the wrong thing. The "I" can't be found within nor outside of the mind/body complex. This doesn't mean you don't exist. It only means you don't exist in…
  • @federica said: the possibilities are endless. That too, being a metaphor..... I find interesting the fact that the causes of a flower are endless. The causes have to be infinite when you follow them back to start dust, to the big bang…
  • @federica said: ...which exposes the seed pod, sows, continues.... Not to mention the flower is made up of sunlight, rain, soil, oxygen... pedals, stem... and the label "flower" imputed by the mind.
  • @federica said: Like a flower. Our lives are precisely like a flower.... Blooms. Becomes beautiful. Wilts. Dies.
  • Reality is impermanent and you and everyone you know and everyone alive in the world right now will die. Your death might come today, tomorrow, or anytime in the future, but one thing's for certain: you will die. Contemplate this until a feeli…
  • Today I had the day off work and was lying on the couch with my orange cat on my stomach, imagining we were like two candleflames in the wind.
  • Just stop beating the crap out of yourself.
    in Guilt Comment by JaySon March 20
  • At least with AI Buddha they might decide not to put us in zoos and make us house pets.
  • Meditating on the certainty of death destroys attachment and motivates you to practice Dharma. So... Cool.
    in WeCroak Comment by JaySon March 20
  • Being a slave to any object of desire is a cause of suffering. We are all slaves to selfish desires born of ignorance. That said, we live in a capitalist society, so, if we can detach from it and make money then distribute it to the needy, then e…
  • There's energy. You tend to feel huge warm blissful blasts of it when you do Lovingkindness-type meditations. Do virtuous things and you'll have a high vibration. Do non-virtuous things and you'll have a low vibration. At the end of the day it…
  • 10 malas Om Mani Padme Hum 3 malas Medicine Buddha mantra Alternate analytical and single-pointed meditation on Emptiness
  • @David said: I think it's about just a bit more than that so we will just have to agree to disagree and I hope it works out for you. We may not even be looking at emptiness or Nagarjuna the same way and I'll be damned if I'm getting into t…
    in Pop Buddhism Comment by JaySon March 8
  • @David said: @JaySon said: The ego, the "I," exists only in mere name. It can't be found within the mind/body complex or outside of it. You have been functioning without it for your entire life. By "destroy the ego" I mea…
    in Pop Buddhism Comment by JaySon March 8
  • The ego, the "I," exists only in mere name. It can't be found within the mind/body complex or outside of it. You have been functioning without it for your entire life. By "destroy the ego" I mean to understand it doesn't actually exist in the fir…
    in Pop Buddhism Comment by JaySon March 8
  • @David said: @JaySon said: I guess this is on a related wavelength... It's weird to me that modern psychology doesn't base any of their conclusions on the nature of ultimate reality, the absence of the self, Impermanence, and other …
    in Pop Buddhism Comment by JaySon March 6
  • @David said: @person said: @Jayson said in another thread: We Buddhists aim to destroy the ego, which is really only a hallucination to begin with. Bringing this line over here because…
  • @person said: @Jayson said in another thread: We Buddhists aim to destroy the ego, which is really only a hallucination to begin with. Bringing this line over here because it fits the thread better. Buddhi…
  • @David said: @JaySon said: @David said: It's actually a pretty handy tool of exploration too. An illusory tool but a useful tool. The label "self" projected by your mind, confus…
  • @federica said: AN hallucination, I think, may also be easier on the eye/ear. (It's a question of the aspirated 'h'. You don't say 'a hour', you say 'an hour', you say 'an' habitual offender, not 'a' habitual offender....) Said the …
  • @David said: It's actually a pretty handy tool of exploration too. An illusory tool but a useful tool. The label "self" projected by your mind, confusing you with the nature of independence and permanence, is the root cause of all …
  • I guess this is on a related wavelength... It's weird to me that modern psychology doesn't base any of their conclusions on the nature of ultimate reality, the absence of the self, Impermanence, and other truths. In my opinion the Dharma Seals are b…
    in Pop Buddhism Comment by JaySon March 5
  • The clock is made of non-clock elements.
  • @federica said: The way I've always looked at it, is that the Buddhas mentioned in mantras (Tara, Avalokitesvara, Blue Medicine Buddha) are manifestations of positive intentions That's the way I look at it. They represent particular Virtu…
    in Buddhist Ninja Comment by JaySon March 1
  • @lobster said: But ... I can and hopefully do make skilful use of yidam practice, mantra, meditation etc ... I think the fact that mantra practice, for example, depends on belief that the mantra is purifying negative karma, collectin…
  • If you look at another person and see "Muslim" then you believe the label "Muslim" is that person. If you are a Muslim and look in the mirror and you see "Muslim" then you believe you are the label Muslim. Both are wrong view and lead to suffering. …
  • When lobsters get outta line...
  • In a sense everyone is already enlightened because enlightenment is our nature, but it's like a sky covered with clouds, the clouds obscuring the view while not harming the sky.
  • @FoibleFull said: The Tibetans meditate by alternating .. yes, but ONLY once they have mastered single-pointed meditation. Once they can focus on a visualization in all its complexity with no inner distractions from that focus for a lenth of tim…
  • @techie said: @JaySon said: "When phenomena are individually analyzed as selfless and what has been analyzed is meditated upon, that is the cause of attaining the fruit, Nirvana. One does not go to peace through any other cause." -B…
  • Or should I say... My buns have become comfortably numb.
  • @person said: Do you know what that is from? It sounds a little different than the Pali phrasing, so I'm guessing it's Mahayana? Or maybe just paraphrased? Not sure what sutra it's from, but the Dalai Lama quotes it at the beginning of a …
  • "I have become comfortably numb." -Pink Floyd
  • I suffered from anxiety and depression in my college years and in my 20s. It helps to get outside of your self centered thinking. Try thinking about the well-being of others and try to help them be happy. It's counterintuitive, but focusing on yours…
  • The Middle Way is between happiness and unhappiness. Peace is what you're looking for.
  • @DhammaDragon said: Suffering automatically ends when you know and accept that suffering is part of life. That's the first Noble Truth. You're missing the next three. The Buddha taught that there is suffering and there can be an end to su…
  • @Kerome said: Apparently Jiddhu Krishnamurthi was enlightened and despite 70 years of trying, did not leave any enlightened students. One of his dying comments was that people did not take enlightenment seriously... Osho’s comment on this …
  • @pegembara said: Suffering automatically ends when you know "That All Five Skandhas Are Empty." https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/snp.5.15.than.html Always mindful, Mogharaja, regard the world as …
  • @lobster When your ass goes numb on the cushion, it doesn't feel like such a smart ass.
  • @lobster Yeah, I prefer the philosophies of Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti even though they're tough to decipher. Western philosophy has only brought me more misery. But in college it made me sound like one of them smart fellers.
  • @Shoshin said: What is your plan ? In a sense, when it comes to an Enlightened mind...Compassion (it would seem ) is the fuel that keeps the lamp alight Working towards Enlightenment (for me) means to work for othe…
  • @Jeffrey said: Based on understanding impermanence my plan is for today and the very next step. Though it would be nice to read all of the books I've bought about Buddhism and some in most particular. In particular I'd like to review the Jewel …
  • I started off Zen for selfish reasons, went to Theravada for selfish reasons, then found myself drifting toward Mahayana, having generated some bodhicitta, I guess. I find Lamrim to be the most complete, comprehensive path, but I also learn from tho…
  • May we all become Buddhas so we can best help everyone else become Buddhas then they can help others become Buddhas and then those Buddhas can help others become Buddhas.
  • @lobster said: meanwhile I beheaded a garden Buddha oops ... I think in the vinaya it says if you behead a Buddha statue and happen to be a lobster, then in the next life you will have very small pincers.
  • The truth is beyond concepts, notions, ideas, labels, duality. Not even Nagarjuna's finger is the moon. Like the Buddha's finger, it is also pointing at the moon.
  • Prime example of cherishing others over one's self. Ironically the only way to become happy is to stop focusing on your own happiness and start focusing on the happiness of others. This guy generates even more happiness than that he bestows upon the…