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  • "Cunda, that one who is himself sinking in the mud should pull out another who is sinking in the mud is impossible; that one who is not himself sinking in the mud should pull out another who is sinking in the mud is possible." 1 One out of the mu…
  • I'm unfamiliar with the specifics of Joseph Goldstein’s concept of catalog consciousness. Generally, though, it sounds reminiscent of discerning the aggregate of perception, in the sense of that which cognizes, names, identifies, recognizes … catalo…
  • @David said: My motives are in a sense very selfish as we are all in this together. I, of course, would spin it differently. These thoughts and feelings concerned with welfare are not yours, not what you are, not self. They condition …
  • @Rodrigo said: How do you feel about the following excerpt by Wu Hsin? I'm more gradual approach oriented than the excerpt seems to be hinting at. But it reminds me of a 17 minute video from a neurological perspective entitled "Your brain…
  • @David, I can't imagine what that must mean to her. I hope your nieces recover quickly. I'll keep y'all in my thoughts. My meditation cushion happens to face north.
  • @DairyLama said: It seems that religious belief often involves adding an element of "supernatural" to the natural world - God, Brahman, "ultimate reality", etc. I've talked to a lot of religious/spiritual types about their beliefs over the years…
  • Somethingist… haha. If everything blinked out of existence, there would remain only a vacuum of infinite space. If consciousness arose, it would know only infinite space. But if it became aware of consciousness, then it could differentiate the tw…
  • @Kerome said: It’s interesting because the internal and the external realities are at odds. Buddhism says we are a collection of aggregates internally, but at the same time we look outside and we are convinced by our senses of seeing, touch and h…
  • @DairyLama said: @Snakeskin said: But why would we observe these in insight practice? I think the purpose is to break the spell of conditioned reality, leading to dispassion for it and turning away from it. Why do that? "This is the…
  • @federica, thanks.
  • Sepsis is a problem here too, though mainly as a complication of flu. A middle-aged man in my area got the flu and followed a typical pattern: carry on until you can’t, then sleep it off. The first day he finished his shift at a plant, then called i…
  • @DairyLama said: @Snakeskin said: @DairyLama said: @Snakeskin said: Impermanence is an objective reality. It probably is, but that isn't what the Buddha was con…
  • After reading it, I thought, 'That's why he was called "Ajahn" and I'm not.' I had reflected on samsara with a spiderweb analogy. Unlike his, I wasn't the spider. Mara was the spider. I was the fly. Same in a way. Either way, it's all sticky. Best …
  • @silver said: @federica said: Yeah. And a blade of grass. And a Rock. Since when does a Rock have transmutable Consciousness...?! Don't let them hear you talk that way! Don't worry. They're committed…
  • @silver said: I see the baby elephant in the last one. What do you see? Don't be fooled, @silver. That's a sky snail mimicking an elephant head. I've seen them do it before. Don't fall for it.
  • @techie said: @DairyLama said: @techie said: Consider happiness, for example. It does NOT exist as a permanent, unchanging entity somewhere that we can go and grasp. It is the result of various conditions. When t…
  • One method of breath meditation is like the tools used to build a door or the raft used to cross a river or like tools used to build rafts to cross an ocean one island at a time. The first tool is counting. It's used to occupy the mind while attenti…
  • In the second sutta, the Buddha visited Vakkali, who was sick and dying. Though virtuous, as in the first sutta, Vakkali told the Buddha he felt remorse. When the Buddha asked why, Vakkali said he regretted his inability to go see the Buddha. The Bu…
  • @dhammachick said: IMNSHO, I believe that people who are psychic are just more in tune with their intuition than most. I also believe that coincidences are more often than not, synchronicity with everything when you - consciously or sub-conscious…
  • @DairyLama said: @Snakeskin said: Impermanence is an objective reality. It probably is, but that isn't what the Buddha was concerned with. In the suttas anicca is always described in terms of the aggregates, and the a…
  • @person, the fireman’s experience is how I’d define intuition. I’d agree it’s a subconscious awareness and would add a sensitivity to feelings. Apart from our eyes, our other senses never close. There’s an ever flowing stream of information. Without…
  • Cooking militias. That's frighteningly funny. You're right, though, it sounds like a Brave New World.
  • I’ve often thought that what might be called mind-reading in Buddhism may be mind-theory sharpened by closer inspection of one’s own mind.
  • I'm only 90 seconds in, but Dan Dennet, a professor of philosophy, looks like a philosopher. 16 minutes in, they’ve made some good points about the difference between intelligence and consciousness, the interweaving of the two in humans, and the…
  • That, @techie, is a clear description of one aspect of dukkha, the pursuit of lasting happiness in conditioned things, inevitably futile. But while dependent origination constructs one reality (samsara), its deconstruction reveals another (nibbana).…
  • "Before that, you lazed around as a panda for 1,016 days...." 1016 / 365 = 2 years old Yup, that's definitely me.
  • The Karaniya Metta sutta says, "let them be ... straightforward and gentle in speech." *Snakeskin scratches his head.*
  • Reducing medication altered the conditions of tranquility in meditation. You adapted. Through effort, vigilance, Restraint, and self-control, The wise person can become an island No flood will overwhelm. -- Dhp 25
  • @federica said: @FoibleFull said: Buddhism is process-oriented more than it is goal-oriented so focus on the process rather than goals. Now there's 'Buddhism in a nut-shell' if ever I saw it..... I don’t know. …
  • @Kerome said: There are Tibetan monks who claim to have levitation powers through mastering the breath. I rather doubt they have met with much success though, gravity does not have much respect for spiritual advancement. I keep an open mi…
  • @David said: Ok. So I'm sitting here wondering how a compassionate view can arise with this insight. The conceptual frame @JaySon applied depersonalized the situation, which dispelled the anger. Right view (not-self) induced right int…
  • The common thread in these examples shows that alleviating the suffering of others may require some sacrifice, some selflessness. Compassionate sacrifices would be easy with no concern for yourself, but then it couldn’t be called universal compassio…
  • After 2,500 years, Buddhist meditation is a large umbrella. I gather others here are more qualified to comment on the specific method, tradition and organization. The aims of the method he demonstrated differ in their focus from those of the methods…
  • @David said: Ignorance does not cause suffering in itself. Ignorance is our natural state. A baby is fine until we smack them on the butt. "Suffering is caused by the false belief in permanence and the existence of separate selves" …
  • I'm grateful to have grown up without cell phones & internet. We had TV and radio, but the TV had only 3 channels and little of interest to kids until Saturday morning. We spent all our time outside together. It was way better than social media.…
  • @DairyLama said: @Kerome said: Thanks for that, of course things like impermanence and annatta are important aspects of reality, and therefore ultimate truth. Really? IMO the closest thing we have to "objective truth"…
  • @Carameltail said: The Buddha was led to his realisations because he was seeking something more than just his current life. Whereas there is the greed of attachment to material goods or other things. There being a difference between things such a…
  • I find it enriching to laugh at myself. Introspection is a gold mine for good laughs.
  • @federica said: ... it refers to Mara in the Masculine; "Māro" Touche.
  • @federica, women may be able to read men well, but the sutta doesn’t specify Mara’s gender. Here, he personifies the pull of sensual desire; the nun, disenchantment with it. The sutta list the devas of the sensuous world. Mara is said to reside …
  • @SpinyNorman said: @Carlita said: Was thinking. Anyone can do breathing meditation and practice mindfulness. A step further is actively observing And seeing everyday occurances and experiences as a result of one's own karma. …
  • @Kerome said: What is your thinking on ultimate truth? My first thought is "doesn't this belong in the philosophy section?" Kidding aside, anicca, dukkha, anatta. When one establishes the perception of impermanence, the perception of …
  • @SpinyNorman said: @nakazcid said:> Does anyone else here experience boredom as a physical sensation, or am I an anomaly? I experience most feelings as a mix of "physical" and "mental". DN 2: [One] understa…
  • Don't eat dirt with your finger. It solidifies your body. If I spoke that, someone would ask, "You OK?" But, since yesterday, it's stuck with me. It's helpful. The first sutta's imagery is vivid. It might best be left unanalyzed. Read, seen, interna…
  • DN 27 is a lot to digest. I’ll summarize my understanding of one aspect of it like so. While sitting in meditation this morning, my body, speech and mind was restrained. It was pure, peaceful. That is the standard. As the day unfolds, continue in ac…