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  • Couple more observations. First, the comparison in the beginning of the sutta could correspond to the threefold training: Plowing = Ethical conduct Sowing = Mental discipline Supporting = Wisdom Wealth would still correspond to Nibbana, t…
  • @Carlita said: I liked how it says "and taking a pin, I pulled out the wick like a flame's unbinding." It makea me think that while liberation is a gradual process it doesnt need to be too relaxed or lethargical practice. Instead, it seems to say…
  • @mushin, do I think past lives influence this one? Yes, I cultivate a belief that volitional actions from infinite past lives brings all this to be, but I have no direct knowledge of them, so I can’t comment on it outside of what I’ve heard. What…
  • I've always looked forward to pre-sleep euphoria, but I've never heard of yoga nidra. I checked out Michael Sealey's youtube channel. "Conscious Fantasy Lucid Dreaming", "Deep Trance Mind Travel". That sounds like a fun way to fall asleep.
  • What comes after mindfulness? My take: Mindfulness in Buddhism springs from right intention and flows into discernment. The popular mindfulness movement doesn’t spring from right intention, may not flow into discernment, so it isn’t Buddhist.
  • Sloth & torpor & suttas! Wonderful.
  • @satcittananda said: its not all sad and bad... Some old sage said that too. He called it a "Noble Truth" or something like that.
  • @Carlita said: I was looking for something in The Dharma that may help. The Buddhas Gotama and Kakusandha were said to have a peculiar trait: an elephant look. Instead of turning their necks to look at someone or something, they, like an …
  • Thus have I heard: @techie said: We shouldn't read too much into it. Those things were written a long time ago. Neuroscience has confirmed that the brain automatically processes information using thought, imagination, etc. Control is possib…
  • @Nirvana said: (Thanissaro) The second one —the one that suits me best! Direct and simply elegant.> As for clarity & concision, I'm liking John Richards. I looked him up. He was an Anglican priest who served in Wales and died th…
  • Dharma practice is like stopping to ask for directions.
  • @mushin, what's the illusion?
  • @Kerome said: @seeker242 said: Maybe a typo or something? This excerpt is from the Vera sutta: AN 10.92. It’s an interesting sutta... although I find it odd that the four factors leading one to be a stream winner are s…
  • @David said: Whether or not there is something beyond life takes the focus away from living said life. Not to be dogmatic, but it can also focus said life, e.g., "'Hell is ended....'"
  • @Carlita said: I was listening to a Dharma talk last week about meditating on death. A lot of times we meditate on good and peaceful things but not so much on the opposite. Mixing meditations on anatomy and death with the brahmaviharas ma…
  • @David said: To me, that sutta is like the realization before the Bodhisattva vows naturally arise. It would almost seem like a moment of pride but the proclamation may be important for the distinction to be made between trying and doing. …
  • This sutta may be divided into 5 sections: * Overview; * ‎Moral restraint; * ‎Confidence & ethical conduct; * ‎Discernment; * ‎Summary. The sutta doesn't define the higher virtues of ethical conduct, but they can be infered through …
  • @lobster said: What part of the order <> chaos spectrum are you on? I side with order, based on the principle of this-that conditionality. When this, that; when not this, not that. Phenomena appear chaotic, because they arise in a n…
  • @techie said: @Kerome said: I’ve mostly gotten the hang of “just returning to the breath” recently. Controlling thoughts tends to be futile because in what direction would you control them, and isn’t that another thought... it is be…
  • @genkaku said: What is called "Buddhism" may offer hints but, as @mingle almost points out, it is also bullshit. I'm glad you said that, as I've long thought that, only it's better BS than mine.
  • Excellent post, @karasti. I saved it to a file named "Stand for instead of against". Given the example, I'm confident keeping it in mind will come in handy.
  • @Ukjunglist said: ... be the tree that sways with the breeze rather than the tree leaning into the wind dealio. But is it as simple and as cut'n'dry as 'if you cannot change the situation, leave it, but if you can, try'? ... What are your …
  • This was a lively and insightful thread, a pager turner. I didn't mean to sit and read the whole thing, but that's what I did.
  • @federica said: @Snakeskin said: @federica, "grok" is only ~50 years old. Do we have to wait that long before we can use "prolly"?! Also, you missed one: "Allan Watts". Allan Watts is a mis-spelling. 'Prolly' is unnec…
  • @federica, "grok" is only ~50 years old. Do we have to wait that long before we can use "prolly"?! Also, you missed one: "Allan Watts".
  • Speaking of effective communication ... *endears ... Basics.
  • @Ukjunglist said: I have listened to his talks and most of the things he says I either already thought and felt, or I can relate to. @lobster said: I find, like you, that most of what he says corresponds to my experience and insight, in…
  • I agree in that the language sounds like "hear no evil, see no evil." So, I understand it as subversion instead of conquest, throwing a monkey wrench into the process leading to passions instead of suppression of them. This way I don't have to pursu…
  • @Nadlatst said: "I don't teach korean. I don't teach Zen. I don't even teach Buddhism. I teach I don't know." "I don't know" is a good place to start. It's where you end up anyways.
  • @Kerome said: You have to wonder what Kranzler and co have to gain by making the accusation if it’s not true, though. Can’t see many potential reasons for it. If Dhonden is innocent, Kranzler might not have anything to gain but, sticking …
  • Kranzler explained his 8-year silence about the alleged extortion. He wanted to avoid speaking ill of another but speaks up now at the request of peers and "several individuals in the Private Office of your Holiness". Without the 8 year old money tr…
  • I missed that link the first time around. That is cool. "...clinging is suffering." "But when the actual [first] truth is that clinging is suffering, we simply have to look for the clinging and eliminate its causes." "In a more abbreviated …
  • @David said: We found out that distinguishing self from the environment is self awareness but now we find that is just an illusion and we are not separate from the environment at all. The more I read that the deeper it gets. When humans g…
  • @SpinyNorman said: @Snakeskin said: I see the first truth as pointing to an underlying unsatisfactoriness of conditioned existence... Yes, but what do you mean by "conditioned existence"? Is it unenlightened experience or s…
  • @David said: Life is not just suffering. If I may back up to say I agree with “Life is not just suffering”. I see the first truth as pointing to an underlying unsatisfactoriness of conditioned existence, sometimes evident, sometimes not. …
  • @Kerome said: I’ve had a range of different meditations, good and bad. Right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. Each share the hindrances. Right effort avoids or abandons them. Right mindfulness knows their presence, absence …
  • @lobster said: Game or Path to the end? I haven't read the links yet, but I play a game. It's based on the same dilemmas described so far in this thread. I call it “Forget Buddhism.” That’s the fun-for-the-whole-family version. Sounds bad…
  • Ignorance is bliss, sure, peaceful like a volcano. I’ve always read the news in the morning. After Trump’s election, I noticed the articles angered me. Bad way to start the day. I tried avoiding stories about Trump only to find he permeates everythi…
  • @Randy said: Ethics and Intelligence require we see things (and trump) as they are. Just don't hate. For now for me not hating is not seeing. "Just don't look. You know you're just gonna get mad."
  • I have Write's book, Why Buddhism is True, on the back burner while I finish others. I may move it up though. It seems more and more interesting, and he's kinda funny: "I am, in microcosm, what's wrong with the world." Is essentialism/non-essent…
  • A mediator could fit the bill. Engaged without taking sides.
  • @person said: @Kerome said: I’ve seen some quite serious institutions challenge his mental competency. Personally I think he is a dangerous buffoon who should never have been left in a position of power. He seems to be obsessed with…
  • Before Obama left office the military conducted a training exercise here in Texas. It brought together the special forces from each branch. Some residents believed the exercise was a cover. President Obama intended to overthrow the Texas government …
  • @lobster said: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvana_fallacy The awakened embody the path leading to awakening. Ultimately, there’s no dichotomy. So, calling this specific instance of a false dilemma the Nirvana fallacy is itself fallac…
  • @federica said: Revival of old threads is fraught with uncertainty. @ele said: ... feel the emotion and drop the story line. Eh, that sounds timeless.
  • @David said: @karasti said: When I've had such discussions with others, I look at it as an open door to a potentially interesting discussion, so I try not too slam the door in their face using my beliefs vs theirs. I might not agree…