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  • @lobster said: Who is stopping you? Have you been reading Lion's Roar again? Someone asked Shitou, “What am I supposed to do?” “Why are you asking me?” “Where else can I find what I’m looking for?” “Are you sure you lost i…
  • @Kerome said: We should do all the things that make us happy, in limited doses so we do not suffer addiction, and whilst keeping in mind that this too shall pass and we should be ready and able to let it go at any time. This is it for me.…
  • @lobster said: Would Eastern Buddhism even exist without Greco-Buddhism? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greco-Buddhism The term 'yogi' is often used by Tibetan monks to describe their practice even though they may only practice Padmasa…
  • Thank you for your responses, everyone. I appreciate your optimism about Western Buddhism. I personally think Buddhism will have to (and has already had to) change a lot in order to make itself comprehensible to Westerners. But I don’t see this as a…
  • Bull. Sorry, but I disagree. No apologies, @federica, he isn’t alive anymore
  • Dogen said: If you speak of “achieving enlightenment,” you may think that you don’t usually have enlightenment. If you say, “Enlightenment comes,” you may wonder where it comes from. If you say, “I have become enlightened,” you may suppose tha…
  • Controversial. What made you stop? The contrived-ness of it?
  • A therapist once told me a CBT trick he had learned, which I found helpful. When guilt arises, acknowledge it and think about it very deliberately for two minutes. (He even recommended timing this period with a stopwatch.) Carefully think about w…
    in Guilt Comment by adamcrossley March 18
  • My niggle is that after ten or fifteen minutes I realize I’ve started slouching. Then I wonder what the right response is: do I correct my posture, or accept it as it is? Which is more “Buddhist”?
  • @Shoshin Personally I'm familiar with rebirth and the mind stream so I would say anything is possible in this dream world .... That’s a tantalising statement. Would you mind elaborating?
  • Thanks for your answer, @federica
  • That’s an interesting poem, I like it very much. Thank you for sharing it, @Kerome
  • Thank you @lobster I’ve been listening to a good podcast recently called The Zen Studies Podcast. There are two episodes about Zen meditation which I can recommend: http://zenstudiespodcast.com/zazenpart1/ http://zenstudiespodcast.com/zazen…
  • I am very interested in shikantaza, as lately all my reading has been very Zen-focused. But I’m a little intimidated by it. It seems like Level 2, where Level 1 is mindfulness of breath or body. (Perhaps mindfulness of thoughts/feelings is 1.5.) I’m…
  • “Even if you obtain some ideas by studying koans and words, it may cause you to go further away from the buddha ancestors’ path. Instead, dedicate your time to sitting upright, not seeking achievement, and not seeking enlightenment. This is the ance…
  • @Kerome said: And Anderson Paak is the man of the moment. Which track were you linking us to? I love love love Anderson .Paak. Malibu was my favourite album of 2017, apart from possibly Loyle Carner's Yesterday's Gone. But I'd like to …
  • @David said: Accepting things as they are includes everything such as the fact that we can affect change to a degree and that affecting change is best done skillfully. Well said I totally agree.
  • I listen to audiobooks. It can become a bit of a crutch though, I’ll admit.
  • I read today that in South Korea, Buddhist monks successfully fought (non-violently ofc) to have the death penalty abolished in 1036. Pretty amazing I thought. Anyway, I’d go for the injection too, as I’d pass out from the mere sight of the needl…
  • @Kerome said: It’s not always about sutta’s. There are a few people here who like Thich Nhat Hanh’s brand of buddhism, and he uses a lot of material which he himself has translated, and which is often a slightly different take on things, such as …
  • @NB1100 said: But most of us do not eat meat in the same way/situation as the father and mother who eats their own child. So I think the consequences may be different. I guess that the comparison with eating one’s own children is to su…
  • @karasti, that is exactly how I feel. And I think even that flexible mindset, of not taking Buddhism as “hard-and-fast”, was promoted by Buddha. I don’t believe he wanted anyone to take his teachings on faith, without putting them to the test themse…
  • @FoibleFull said: In fact, too much reliance on cognition/thoughts is a Western trait, and one that tends to impede our learning when practicing Buddhism. Buddhism, ultimately, is about "being" rather than "thinking". Ok, hands up—I am d…
  • @Kerome @federica So what does that say about moral responsibility? If actions can’t be separated from their causes and effects. Is a murderer totally responsible for the murder, partly responsible, or totally without responsibility? Is some…
  • Peter Harvey’s Introduction to Buddhism says: “As an aid to planning courses of action in a karma-influenced world, many traditional Buddhists use divination methods such as astrology at certain points in their lives, so as to try to gauge what t…
  • @lobster said: Do we have free will, karmic choices or really only when we are awake? I’m struggling with this at the moment. We know that phenomena have no inherent existence, but are merely a collection of occurrences, all of which are …
  • @lobster said: 10 out of 10 for dumb visualisation Do you think so? I find it oddly comforting (call me a weirdo). I think I took the idea from Thich Nhat Hanh.
  • I understand where you’re coming from, @DhammaDragon. I guess it’s somewhat inevitable, though not only with Buddhists. People assume Muslims won’t drink and will keep to the five prayers and so on, but many are quite lax. It can be similar to any s…
  • I have a friend who is not Buddhist but Muslim, and he has a certain energy about him. When we talk about religion, there’s a clarity there, and real respect and love. I know this isn’t quite what you mean, but what you said, @Kerome, put me in mind…
  • No, but I’m very interested in it. I think you mentioned it in a previous thread, about wu wei. Are there any English translations you recommend? I read the Tao-te-Ching recently and thought that was very interesting, if somewhat baffling. How did y…
  • @Carlita said: Headspace? Headspace is a mobile app for meditation. It’s secular, but the creator Andy Puddicombe is an ordained monk in the Tibetan tradition, and the techniques he teaches are all derived from there. I really like it. It…
  • I’m trying to get to the 90-day goal on the Headspace app. Sometimes I wonder if this is the right thing to do, as “goals” don’t seem to apply very well to meditation. But as @lobster once said here, the only bad meditation is the one we don’t do. S…
  • Well then I hope you enjoy them!
  • @Lee82 said: * Casino Royal * From Russia With Love Have you read any of the Bond books before? They were a bit disappointing for me. I’ve heard John le Carré’s books are very good if you like spy fiction. I don’t make lis…
  • @Vastmind said: On behalf of myself and all beings, I intend to refrain from consciously hurting anyone. I intend to refrain from overtly or covertly taking what is not mine. I intend to be sure that my speech is kind as well as true. …
  • Hello @BoatS I don't really have wisdom to offer you. I just wanted to let you know, even though I haven't been practising for a year yet, I already find the slowness of the progress frustrating. At times, that is. At night, I try to find ex…
  • I agree, as always it seems, with everything @federica said. It's for you to feel out these things. Before you engage in employment, you have to guess how it might affect others. Then during your work, you can learn from experience and either renoun…
  • I do find the half lotus is a strain, but actually at the moment, it helps me to take my practice seriously. It's an illusion, for sure, but I feel more connected to the "tradition" of meditation. As you said before, @lobster: Initially we …
  • At the moment I use guided meditations daily, but I can't settle on a good time of day for it. Can anyone recommend a favourite time of day for meditation? Are there any (dis)advantages to certain times? Is a routine even helpful for you? Thanks …
  • Yes, this! Thank you for putting it so well. And thanks, guys, for the welcome. I think I'll stay for a while
  • Ok, interesting responses. I didn't actually envision the disagreements with my thought: since the goal is happiness (happiness based on the 4NT), what matters is being happy. I know the way to pursue happiness now: so pursue it. I sti…
  • Thank you for all the recommendations! I really appreciate it. I think my perspective is flawed when it comes to this, and I have to remind myself: no one's watching, no one will punish me if I don't practise enough. In fact, since the goal is ha…
  • Hi! I suppose that does help me to understand. Thanks for your insight. I think I struggle because I love to read about people like Milarepa, but when I look at my own life, it's totally hedonistic in comparison. There are things I wouldn't be ab…