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  • Sadly, I don’t think I will be awake for this. Got to get my beauty sleep. However, could be cause for an extra-special uposatha day? No beer for me then
  • @Kerome said: Describing a state beyond words with words is rather futile. True, but @federica gives it a pretty good try. @lobster said: We might prefer un-lightened, a heavy load unburdened. Ah, lobster. I basically reg…
  • I’m always reminded of Sartre when I think about conditioning/de-conditioning. When he entered the debate on free will, against the predeterminists, he said that the more you become aware of the factors determining your actions, the freer you are to…
  • Unbinding, Unfolding, Awakening... I like all these. I suppose I find the terms for the Nirvana-state particularly confusing, because I struggle to comprehend what it might be like. Describing it via negativa makes the most sense to me, intuitive…
  • @federica Ah yeah, I guess I should amend my original question. I was getting Enlightenment and Nirvana confused 🤦🏻‍♂️ So the deathless is referring to liberation from the death-rebirth cycle. Why not the birth-less? Or am I just splitting hair…
  • As someone who works in a school, I’d very much like to see meditation incorporated in the timetable. Where I work, the main psychological issue I’ve observed is badly-managed anger. That’s in children and parents. The current UK curriculum for p…
  • I liked number 1 but only got about half way through. I should really go back and finish it, but I was reading it on my phone and I never seem to finish anything I read as an ebook. I don’t seem to form the same connection as with a physical copy, o…
  • @Vimalajāti, I honestly can’t remember. If you want a recommendation though, I really enjoyed Body and Mind Are One, which is a series of talks: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Body-and-Mind-Are-One-Audiobook/B00D3PG3K0 Makes good listening in th…
  • Yeah, as I say, I understand it. It’s just the actual image makes my tummy feel weird. I’m generally a squeamish person.
  • I understand the picture, but... it’s horrible. Where was your initial quote from?
  • @Kerome said: Perhaps beware the cycle of increasing positivity? That is not the way to Calm Abiding Could you elaborate on this? What is the cycle like? Why should we beware of it?
  • @Shoshin said: Meditation is like............................... nothing but precisely sitting.
  • @Vimalajāti, I agree with you. I think that was a really insightful way of putting it. However, is it accurate to make a distinction between “emptiness/equanimity practice” and “emptiness/equanimity + compassion practice”? In my way of thinking (…
  • Very interesting. I booked a place on a retreat at Gaia House recently, and they were very clear that you shouldn’t undertake a meditation retreat if you aren’t adequately psychologically resilient. But how can you know that until you try? Seems lik…
  • My biggest resolution this Christmas was to celebrate Vesak Day in the spring.
  • @paulyso said: beautful drawing.love the vibe....beautitude,is our attitude. I like particularly like the rabbit and the bird, who are going for refuge to the sangha.
  • Found this on Pinterest (of course). Merry Christmas, everyone. Peace on Earth, in every step.
  • I mostly agree, @federica. But I would say, as an ex-English student, that words as they’re used today don’t always honour their etymologies. I think Robert Wright defines Buddhism as a religion, based on its proposition of an underlying truth to…
  • Finding it hard to feel the Christmas spirit this year. I work in a school in a deprived area, and I can’t help thinking life would be a lot easier for many parents without it. So much pressure to spend money. And for the kids, it just seems to enco…
  • I think for a lot of people it is a religion. That doesn’t mean it has to have all the same aspects as an Abrahamic religion. I read in Jack Kornfield that one of the biggest differences is the absence of a “covenant relationship”. In Christianit…
  • I sit once in the morning and once in the evening. It’s supposed to be every day, but I often miss one. Mostly I practise breath meditation, but sometimes I do visualisation for a few days. I’d like to firm up my practice though. I’m planning to …
  • Thank you, @federica. I guess they’re not exactly haikus by the conventional definition. The second one approaches it, but the others lack the imagery and sense of transience, and they all lack the “seasonal word”: e.g. “autumn leaves,” or “winter m…
  • I found this in The Miracle of Mindfulness: If Thich Nhat Hanh has a meditation for it, it’s a good practice. I haven’t listened to the music in question, but it sounds like a good Dharma Gate for you. Enjoy!
  • When I move this autumn I will be near a Zen group for the first time, and I do want to go. I’m trying not to have too many expectations, but it’s hard. It’s like when you try a new practice: part of you hopes, no matter what your brain says, that t…
  • Reading the life of Tenzin Palmo in Cave in the Snow was my first real “I’m a Buddhist” moment. It took about six months to be sure enough to tell my partner and close friends. I still don’t advertise it much. Alongside Tenzin Palmo was Gary Snyd…
  • I wish I could offer any advice, but I’m more in the market for receiving it. I find this a difficulty as well, and constantly feel as though I’m letting down one of my “identities” by not working on it well enough. I found @Lee82 ’s words contained…
  • @lobster said: No mind, my-mind No Gems mined, without effort The Earth has buried treasure She is Mine As much Soiled as Shining As an ex-English Literature student, I quite enjoyed this. Do you write many pseudo-sutras?
  • Is there anything in the fact that most Western Buddhists are converts? Someone who makes a deliberate conversion to a religion is going to think seriously about it. Is going to test it, going to contemplate it, etc. Someone born into a religion …
  • I’m really glad I read this thread—very interesting and educational. In my opinion, “cherry picking” is a derogatory term for a pretty necessary process in spirituality. Testing the teachings, contemplating them, finding some instructional and ot…
  • Just checking back in. Thank you for the supportive comments. The dullness has begun to clear up now. I still doubt that I’m a “good” meditator, but mostly I know that that concept is a load of rubbish. It’s hard for me not to approach meditation…
  • Three marks of existence: Impermanence, suffering, and not-self Three sights Gautama saw when he first left the palace: Old age, sickness, and death
  • @federica Please could you change the name of this thread to “Western Buddhism”, as my original title was a bit provocative and we’ve kind of left the initial question behind. That would be great, thank you 🙂
  • I remember in a talk, The Art of Mindful Living, he used the following breath meditations: Breathing in I know I am breathing in, breathing out I know I am breathing out. “ “ I see myself as a flower, “ “ I feel fresh. “ “ I see …
  • I'm not a football fan, but this guy seems excited
  • I’m not a scoffer at MBSR. The fact that Buddhism can be accepted and employed by psychologists, without any reference to the Buddha or particular scriptures, is a testament to the truth of the teachings. It’s a huge compliment. Imagine if scient…
    in MBSR Comment by adamcrossley June 2018
  • @Tsultrim, I didn’t quite mean the karma of previous lives effecting us in this life as a metaphysical reality I meant more along the lines of, as you put it very well, karma in everyday life . . . people generally treat us as…
    in Inquiry Comment by adamcrossley May 2018
  • What if the metaphysical realities of karma and rebirth aren’t verifiable, but the teachings that accompany them are? So, instead of challenging ourselves to believe in a cosmic law of moral right and wrong, what if we simply observe that our act…
    in Inquiry Comment by adamcrossley May 2018
  • So, are spiritual entities like devas and dakinis real (i.e. living beings existing in some other plane of reality) or symbolic? In the Zen Studies Podcast, Domyo Burk says: In Mahayana Buddhism, archetypal bodhisattvas were created, comple…
  • @Tsultrim said: Anyhow, did you do it, if so how? I did do it, but it was traced from another image, so it doesn’t really qualify as “art”. Maybe I’d call it a mindfulness practice. @lobster, thank you for your collaboration, it’s very…
  • I’ve just realised, (s)he looks like (s)he’s farting flower petals
  • Hello, @1448 My girlfriend is training to become a social worker, with the Frontline programme in the UK, and I volunteer in the same sector. We’re both well aware of the current “burnout” rate in this line of work. But a social work qualification…
  • @lobster, do you have a full resolution version of any of those paintings. I’d love to download one. My dad does life drawing and I really appreciate the way he uses colour, never the shades that you’d expect: neon purple and yellow outlines on a bl…