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  • @lobster said: Also encourage traffic wardens. Should they be able to taser non electric car owners on sight? ... I think I may have gone too far again ... Perhaps, but they should definitely fine people who leave their engines …
  • @federica, I did read it. It’s just a thought that has been on my mind recently, not a direct response to your post. Good thread by the way!
  • I wish I could have gone down to Amaravati. I’ve never been and really want to visit. How do you get there @federica? Do you take the train? Tomorrow I’m going to walk to our local Buddhist centre (a New Kadampa place) and have a cup of tea. What…
  • I’ve switched to recycled toilet paper. That might be as far as I’m willing to take it I’m with you on the plant-based cleaning chemicals though. Ecover seems to be the easiest to get in the UK. I’m also vegetarian (trying to cut down on dairy)…
  • @Rowan1980, it might seem basic on an intellectual level, but to have direct experience of it and to know it intuitively, that’s really valuable. @Shoshin, is it appropriate to discuss what we find de-motivational as well? It could be quite benef…
  • @Kerome said: Including the penguins and the killer whales! Someone at a retreat I recently attended asked, “When I’m doing the walking meditation, and I’m expressing compassion for the beings who cross my path, and I watch a spider trap …
  • Hmm, I had a very unsatisfactory meditation this morning. My schedule has changed and I’m getting up slightly earlier to fit it in, but today my mind was simply not settling down. I try to bear in mind what I’ve been taught, that there are no “bad” …
  • I was very interested in this, so I did some reading on Access to Insight. From what I’ve found in the Pali suttas, the only continuity between lives is one’s craving. Even consciousness is said to be dependent on having (1) sense organs and (2) obj…
  • I use guided meditations about half the time. They help me feel that I’m not wasting my time, which is an anxiety that pops up a lot. But I’m sinking more and more into silent meditation as my confidence increases. On the retreat I attended recently…
  • Some extracts from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Living Buddha, Living Christ: “On the altar in my hermitage in France are images of Buddha and Jesus, and every time I light incense, I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors.” “It is not words or con…
  • I asked my friend what things people could do, and he sent me this incredible list, which I’ll share with you: People can actively go out and call for change. Join XR. Join other groups. Write to their politicians, local and national. Donate …
  • “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” Ron Swanson
  • @herbie said: I'll take the middle way then: not autistic, not not autistic, not both and not neither. I’m not saying there’s no grey area, but it’s definitely for a specialist to decide. Also, a great many people with autism have as mu…
  • @herbie said: However I see that if one practices a secular type of buddhism, rejecting rebirth and the like then that's a totally different story. But I do not know what kind of buddhism you are practicing. Maybe you can explain? I’m pra…
  • I really recommend you listen to these two podcast episodes, @Kerome. https://zenstudiespodcast.com/two-paths-to-concentration-samadhi/ https://zenstudiespodcast.com/letting-go-as-path-to-samadhi/ I found them really informative. Domyo Burk…
  • That is genius. Much respect to your friend 👏
  • @lobster said: Meditation space is eventually inward. From Food for the Heart by Ajahn Chah: All places are peaceful. That some may seem distracting is because of our minds. However, a quiet place can help us to become calm, by givi…
  • My only thought is that if there’s an inch gap between the walls and the floor, then you could just lift up the walls and walk out. But I highly doubt this is the answer. I leave it for other minds to solve.
  • @federica said: How do you get out? “I die.” ??
  • Do all religions and spiritual paths lead to the same destination? @federica, you’ve got to tell us those two words, please.
  • @lobster said: Many thanks @adamcrossley How do you feel imagination is being used in this sense? I would suggest it is a creative process, in which empathy/compassion/heart wisdom is allowed to manifest in the warm fluid soup of potential…
  • In the bodhisattva path, we don’t assume anything is fixed and solid. And we don’t assume that our picture of the world is the way the world has to look. This is where imagination enters in. Imagination is a warm breeze that loosens up what seems ri…
  • @Dakini, I take your point. We must have read his posts differently. We’ll see how it develops I guess.
  • @Kerome, yes that sounds about right. I think I’m in the same camp as you, not knowing if these things even exist, and if they do, then presuming they’re just another thing to let go of. Well put, thank you.
  • @Kerome said: @seeker242 said: Buddhists cultivate power. They develop the powers of faith, energy, concentration, mindfulness and wisdom. A very interesting point of view i’m sure some people, especially spiritual…
  • I can’t say I noticed any change, but then I was with my girlfriend before I became a Buddhist. But let’s entertain your premise for a moment, @Namada, which is basically that Buddhism can make you more compassionate, and that compassion is an at…
  • I turned off my podcast this morning as I neared work, looked around at the world a little differently, and had the following thought. Anything which prompts you intellectually to see the world in a fresh way and wonder about it, can be a Dharma tal…
  • I’m deep into a trip with Ram Dass currently, on a podcast called Ram Dass Here and Now. It’s not all Buddhadharma, so to speak, but it is certainly Universal Dharma. And in the end, what’s the difference? https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ram-…
  • @Kerome said: Here’s one: imagination is Mara’s playground. By imagining things you can create trouble for yourself which is totally surplus to requirements. You often run over areas of healthy, steady thought and insight, and go way to far in yo…
  • @Shoshin said: How often do we 'really' wish others well ? This is a thought I sometimes have when dedicating merit or doing loving-kindness meditation. How sincere am I? How much do I believe this is helping anybody? And I’m still no…
  • What a lovely post, @Shoshin. Thanks for putting it up 🙏 One thing that people with depression can feel is that they’re a huge burden on the people around them, especially the people they have the closest relationships with. How can you tell your…
  • Gratitude meditation is something I’m trying right now. https://insig.ht/mGirROVztV I was cautious of doing it previously, in case it seemed contrived. But it doesn’t. I find after a depressive episode, I usually have an upswell of gratitude. …
    in Healing Comment by adamcrossley March 30
  • Aha, yes. Thanks for clarifying, @Kerome. I’m with you now (as well as the Buddha...).
  • @Kerome said: Where he does talk about vipassana and samatha he talks about them as separate mental qualities, developed in tandem. The one focuses on Calm and the other on Insight. I’m with the Buddha on this one. Where did you learn abo…
  • @Kerome, it’s posts like this that drew me to this community to begin with, and that have made me very happy to stay. What an interesting dream, and your interpretation was very insightful. Thank you 🙏
  • @yoda_soda said: Recently, I've found a number of organizations that offer books for free and I've requested things from them. I presume you’ve found these, but for anyone who hasn’t, there is a Theravada organisation in the UK and anothe…
  • Well, @Kerome, I think you win the prize for best offering so far 👏 👏 Glad that this thread has borne fruit.
  • Intriguing stuff. I used to be more interested in dreaming and tried to provoke lucid dreams on a number of occasions. It only worked once and then only for a few seconds. I’ve thought about it a bit recently, in reference to Buddhism. Apparently…
  • @Jeffrey said: happy Holi. It falls on a full moon equinox this year. Is Holi always the same time of year (equinox 21st?). Or is it always the full moon of March? I hear people wear bright colors. The equinox is determined by the Sun…
  • Cool idea, @yoda_soda. I guess you mean on quite a large scale. It makes me think, it would be fun to start a sitting group in one’s own house, maybe with a lending library too.
  • @Kerome said: back to friendliness and mildness. Reminds me of a Sharon Salzburg quote: The healing is in the return. I appreciated your original post @Kerome. It really resonated with me. 🙏
  • @Bunks said: Any speech, thought or bodily action that creates a peaceful mind is Dhamma. Any speech, thought or bodily action that creates an un-peaceful mind is not Dhamma. Is it that simple? I think yes, it could be, give…
  • Thanks all! I’ve really appreciated these contributions. Would anyone care to offer a poem with some of their own commentary?
  • Hi @Alex, nice to meet you! From everything I’ve learnt in the past two years, since I “became” a Buddhist, it’s not so much about the rituals and ceremonies; it’s more about your personal practice, which it sounds like you’re developing and enjo…