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  • 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 10
  • @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 19
  • 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 18
  • 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…
  • My feeling is, it’s a matter of discovering your own vocation or calling. A catholic priest I know in Spain said he thought monks perform an extremely important role in the church, but when I asked him why he wasn’t a monk he simply said it wasn’t h…
  • That’s a very cynical book review. I don’t understand your question though. Would you mind putting it in other words? Are you asking about the relationship between Buddhism and “monism”?
  • Thank you for those quotations, @Jason, and for your lucid explanations. That gives me a lot to think about.
  • @Tsultrim, what was the name of the comic you mentioned? I’d like to read something like that. Thank you
  • I think we had a thread that touched on this recently: http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/25537/hhdl-s-views-on-materialism I’m personally very conflicted politically. I have strong values and a sense of moral good and bad, like most people. Bu…
  • @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…