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  • @JaySon said: Jesus taught primarily the path of small capacity practitioners, how to get into a heaven by perfecting ethical discipline and loving others. I don’t understand why this is a path for “small capacity” practitioners. It sound…
    in Love Comment by adamcrossley March 14
  • Could you maybe quote a passage where they’re used? Then at least if we don’t know, we can all have a bit of a guess. Spoiler alert: I won’t know
  • @namarupa, excellent link—thanks! It’s interesting that the Buddha starts his list with the benefits of wealth to oneself: a wealthy layperson, he says, “provides himself with pleasure & satisfaction, and maintains that pleasure rightly.” …
  • Anyone know what “pursuing gain with gain” actually means? In my understanding, it’s using money to make more money. So I guess that would include lending, gambling, aggressive capitalism, etc. But I think buying stocks and shares might be differ…
  • I think what’s emerging from this thread, as our general opinion, corresponds to something I heard in a podcast with Jack Kornfield recently. You can listen to it here: https://beherenownetwork.com/jack-kornfield-heart-wisdom-hour-episode-02-dunc…
  • What a useful thread! Thanks everyone for this. I feel some inclination to try Zazen/Shikantaza and do so from time to time, but it usually scares me away. My comfort zone is in long, guided meditations. Without a little guidance, I tend to becom…
    in Zazen Comment by adamcrossley March 6
  • @lobster said: ascetic living focuses the mind Yes, I agree with this personally. But in my question, I’m thinking more of the ‘karma relationship’ side of the path. Can Right Livelihood be profitable? Putting spiritual development to one…
  • I’m not surprised there haven’t been many answers to this. It’s not very clear, is it? I attended a Zen group recently but encountered this problem, and I ended up not returning. @Shoshin, that’s all very well and good, but how do you approach do…
    in Zazen Comment by adamcrossley March 4
  • @lobster said: Very useful post @adamcrossley many thanks. My pleasure “Know from the rivers in clefts and in crevices: those in small channels flow noisily, the great flow silent. Whatever’s not full makes noise. Whatever is full…
  • The latest episode of one of my favourite podcasts, The Zen Studies Podcast, is about precisely this topic. I thoroughly recommend a listen—this podcast has been invaluable to me in learning about Buddhism (and not just Zen by any means). https:/…
  • @Kerome said: Well, the word nirvana originally meant “blown out, extinguished”, and I have read references to the Buddha saying about it that it is the final extinguishment of desire. Now samsara is characterised by the Three Poisons, des…
  • @lobster said: Any art work you have done lately to share? After a trip to the galleries of Vienna recently, my partner and I are doing a lot of painting. I painted this placemat and coaster using the colours of the Tibetan prayer flags, …
  • I think that gets to the heart of it, @Kerome. I also think saying this is the failure of many Buddhists is kind of unfair. A central image in Buddhism, from the beginning right through the Mahayana and Vajrayana, is that of the lotus, which has its…
  • @Kerome, isn’t there Nirvana and Parinirvana? And I’ve heard the latter called “Complete Nirvana”. I know very little about this though, just thought it was pertinent. And I’d just like to raise the point again, that not all Buddhists make a clea…
  • I used to play a lot of Dungeons and Dragons... It’s an amazing channel for one’s creativity. As for the original comment, I guess it depends on your understanding of Nirvana. For many Buddhists, there is no Nirvana apart from Samsara.
  • @techie said: Buddhism (and other isms) are easy to follow because they ask you to do something. Tao and Zen are hard because they ask you to do nothing. I’m not sure about this. I don’t think it’s so black and white, and I don’t t…
  • @person said: The idea of trying to synthesize the worlds spiritual and cultural traditions I haven’t heard of Mr Wilbur, so I thought I’d just comment on this idea. Something about it appeals to me, and something also seems out of place.…
  • @federica, that’s quite all right. No offence taken. I assumed you had more to say, and I’m sorry you had an unpleasant experience. There’s an interesting Lions Roar article I read recently, which I think is relevant. Happy reading: https://ww…
  • @federica said: Yeah.... no. They're making it up as they go along.. Honestly, I was a little shocked to read this. Aren’t we a Buddhist forum? Pureland is part of the Buddhist mandala—it contributes something really valuable. I’m particu…
  • I read this today, and it brought up a few good points, although it’s mainly about more serious misconduct by teachers: https://www.lionsroar.com/treat-everyone-as-the-buddha/ You would not take piano lessons from someone who’s not a good p…
  • @lobster said: In time, the rigid learns to flow and the weak river, strengthens its flow ... That was well put 👏 I found this today, from Buddhadhasa’s Handbook for Mankind: The Buddha defined Nirvana as simply that condition of…
  • @Kerome said: You might like to read this earlier thread, though the questions posed are slightly different: http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/25400/buddhism-and-the-tao Aha! Thank you. I understand if a moderator wants to close th…
  • And how does that make you feel about Yoga Discipline, now? Honestly, I feel like I want to dismiss it now. Is that a rational response? Probably not. A large part of me definitely wants these things to have a long-standing tradition. But ho…
  • what we want is not to get rid of desires but to be independent of them in making decisions This was well put. I’ve often heard this goal of Buddhism criticised by people who say they like life’s ups and downs, or who think life would lack “…
  • It’s not the same as becoming disappointed, in the way we’re talking about it, but I’ve been reading about Taoism recently, and it’s given me some pause for thought. I think I’ll post a thread about it soon, because I see some strong commonality bet…
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  • @lobster, thanks for posting that. I love RAINDROP—it’s very pleasing but also instructive. Almost any activity can be done mindfully, too – no yoga or meditation necessary. I’m not sure about the message of this. It seems true in one …
    in Flow Comment by adamcrossley February 18
  • @federica said: Then perusing and doing research of my own, I found this. That was a really interesting read. And I suppose the big question, for me at any rate, is whether something becomes inauthentic when it’s discovered to be quit…
  • I have set forth the Dhamma without making any distinction of esoteric and exoteric doctrine; there is nothing, Ananda, with regard to the teachings that the Tathagata holds to the last with the closed fist of a teacher who keeps some things back. …
  • @Kerome said: as a single individual it is hard to do very much about it Makes me wonder what we as a sangha can do about it. Is there something for NewBuddhist.com to do? I’m going to investigate Buddhist climate activism. It would be…
  • @Vastmind, I’ll have a look, thanks!
  • @lobster said: Top tips to protect yourself: * You are not your interenet shell/persona (make sure of that) Good point. Makes me think, if the Buddha had been teaching in the Information Age, he might have started with it. …
  • @Shoshin said: Beneficial seeds have been planted in fertile soil/minds One boy told me afterwards, “I want to be a Buddhist.” I was careful not to show it, but I was secretly very happy.
  • My friend has become a member of Extinction Rebellion recently. He was arrested during a peaceful protest on Sunday. I’m a little inspired, although I don’t fancy being arrested. https://rebellion.earth/
  • Interesting details, @Vimalajāti, thanks. I didn’t want to over-complicate the presentation, but I also didn’t mean to imply that Chinese Buddhism went to Tibet. I was just trying to outline the timeline of the different traditions. The presentat…
  • @federica and @JaySon, I didn’t particularly take offence. There could even be a case for not taking one’s own depression too seriously. I’ll have to post more tomorrow though, as it’s getting late for me. Thanks @David and @FoibleFull for more k…
  • @JaySon said: Next try to understand the causes of the ending of suffering, then walk the path that ends suffering. Maybe a case of easier said than done?
  • @FoibleFull, that was a really great post. Thanks for sharing it. I found your Dalai Lama story particularly inspiring. Sharon Salzberg talks about the Dalai Lama talking about a tour he took of a Catholic monastery where they made fruitcake a…
  • @person, thank you. That sounds like a helpful practice. Would you incorporate it into meditation, write it in a journal, think it through with a cup of tea? What have you tried? @federica, that’s wonderful advice too. What I managed to do …
  • @Kerome said: I didn’t see any mention of the 4NT or 8FP but I don’t think it is necessary. For 8 year olds the focus on kindness is probably just as good. I think you’re right, plus they’ve already had the basics on the 8FP and the Buddh…
  • I'm a little underwhelmed with it, to be honest. I'm going to lead (briefly) the two meditations I've described, and I'll ask what the kids think. I’m aware that I’ve vastly simplified and poorly represented the different schools of Buddhism arou…
  • @Dakini said: If the kids ask if the Buddha is a god, or if there is a god in Buddhism, you could explain simply, that Buddhism is a roadmap to solve your own problems and to be a better person. It's about kindness. Good advice, thank you…
  • I played Runescape when I was a kid and got truly addicted. I would dream in Runescape on a regular basis. But I only socialised with people I knew IRL. I never had Facebook, so this is really the first time I’ve tried socialising online. And I like…
  • I’m a pig. Don’t particularly identify with the description of “pigs”. How could all the people born in one calendar year have the same set of personally traits?
  • In January I was doing breath meditation in the mornings before work, and loving-kindness in the evenings. I’m thinking of doing a month of shikantaza starting on Monday. The new moon feels like an auspicious time to change, but I’m probably bein…
  • @paulyso said: yes,no disagreement. I’m glad, because I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts 🙏