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  • Hi @person, I think that topic would deserve a separate thread.
  • @Kundo said: Meditation is like.... A reality check Hi @Kundo, that's interesting. Could you elaborate?
  • @Kerome said: We can see that people are all different on the outside, it stands to reason that we are also all different and unique on the inside. So does that not mean that teachings and spiritual goals should also be different and unique? Perh…
  • @Kundo said: @herbie said: There is no communication in such forums like this one other than intellectual. Disagree. Have you seen the Funny Stuff thread? Even your remark is merely intellectual. It may be …
  • @Shoshin said: From my perspective communication about Dharma and related aspects should be serious only @herbie it's great that you take your Dharma practice seriously...I think most other members here do too...( including…
  • @lobster said: ... and what have you. Yes that is my Buddhism If all philosophies and religions are seen as equal then that's perfect.
  • @Shoshin said: all that can be perceived and is a product of the intellect. ...and so is humour @herbie ...and there is a lot of it mixed in with serious discussion on this forum ....as you are now finding out …
  • The Buddha certainly wasn't a philosopher as 'philosopher' is understood today but 'buddh-ism' - as the word reveals - is a philosophy. It is a philosophy of life and being and as such it is not different from other philosophies because all deal …
  • @Jason said: Or, control is an illusion, and the choices you think you're making are conditioned by a myriad of factors a la causal determinism. I think nobody would deny conditioned origination. Nevertheless even if conditioned, control …
  • @Kundo said: This sangha is a meld of people, just like IRL. If you only want intellectual discourse with no personality, this place might disappoint you... There is no communication in such forums like this one other than intellectua…
  • Hi @lobster, as you said we are talking about our experiences. So it is impossible to 'mis-experience' for you as it is impossibe to 'mis-experience' for me. When I say 'They should just be seen as what they are. If seen as what they are feeling…
    in Feelings Comment by herbie January 7
  • @lobster said: As we know, feelings are powerful emotive arisings. Here are some we did earlier ... http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/3123/buddhism-emotions What about powerfully 'directed emotion' if I can put it …
    in Feelings Comment by herbie January 7
  • @federica said: deja vu.. I see you do not want to answer my question. Maybe it is just that you're often joking. I can imagine that people steer 'the depth' of their practice depending on daytime due to different activities in daily …
  • @federica said: Wow. We're getting a bit deep for 7am, aren't we...? Do you steer 'the depth' of your practice depending on daytime?
  • @federica said: why did you add '"mornign" (sic)? to my comment? Doesn't 'am' MEAN morning...? Oh ... a mistake, sorry. Initially I have intended a different wording for my post and the cursor obviously was misplaced and when I have …
  • @federica said: Wow. We're getting a bit deep for 7am,Mornign aren't we...? Do you steer 'the depth' of your practice depending on daytime?
  • @Shoshin said: It's not so much "We are what we see" I think it's more a case of "We choose to believe what we see" And not only that ... my experience is that what is seen is taken to be true because I am taking myself to be true in…
  • Actually it is about the 'old story' of like and dislike, i.e. feeling/vedana. Liking so called 'good' news and disliking so called 'bad' news. But it is just news. Feeling is said to be dukkha, both liking and disliking, attachment and aversion. B…
  • @Tosh said: @herbie said: We have free will, not in an absolute but in a relative sense. Otherwise 'Right Resolve/Intention (Samma-sankappo)' would not make sense. But what about the people who cannot muster the will t…
  • We have free will, not in an absolute but in a relative sense. Otherwise 'Right Resolve/Intention (Samma-sankappo)' would not make sense.
  • @Vimalajāti said: One of the dharma's most mysterious aspects, to me, is how penetration into emptiness generates compassion. I ascent to it, I know it as a book-learned fact, but it still seems counterintuitive on a "gut" level! Hi @…
  • @federica said: That's ok, I agree with it. (I think that's what might be called a '1st World Problem... ) Just wanted to make that transparent for any reader. Anyway ... could you elaborate on the expression in brackets? My mi…
  • @SE25Wall said: i guess if you haven't got well worn neural pathways of compassion, or are unwilling to develop them, all the mindfullness and emptiness in the world wont make any difference. hence why i guess you get these very enlightened gurus…
  • @federica, sorry I've edited my post while you replied: I've added that last paragraph starting with 'As far as the question' and ending with 'buddhism is a religion'. So your 'Exactly' does not necessarily include this added paragraph.
  • @federica said: Notice he states categorically, that "You can be a Christian and practise Buddhism". I often affirm that this is the case. But I also maintain that you cannot be a Buddhist and practise Christianity (not in the fullest and …
  • @misecmisc1 said: Hi All, What does non-duality actually mean? Hi misecmisc1, actually there are two prominent views as to non-duality: the non-buddhist Advaita view and the buddhist Madhyamaka view. Here is a short article of Pr…
    in Non-duality Comment by herbie January 4
  • @JaySon said: Tibetans like to say that Tantra is the only vehicle that can allow you to attain enlightenment in a single life and that, otherwise, it would take a few eons of collecting merit. Yet we've seen others in recent years attain …
  • @Shoshin said: Would you say that Dharma practice is like conducting an experiment ? Hi Shoshin, When there is no intended outcome then it is an experiment. When there is an intended outcome it is application of trial and error method.…
  • Certainly depends on what one considers to be 'meditation'. Many different types and understandings. For me it is sometimes like coming home, sometimes like a refuge, sometimes merely a reminder ... and sometimes something artificial. If the latter…
  • hello @tom_hitt, simply being mindful may be useful. Sometimes mindfully noting the beginning of a process leads to its spontaneous subsiding.
  • Hi @federica Thanks for the welcome!
  • Hi SE25Wall buddhism often has been interpreted as nihilistic in the Western world. There are even scholars called 'buddhologists' or scientific/philosophical experts of buddhism who are biased towards a nihilistic interpretation. But I wouldn…
  • @Flux said: Hello. I'd like support forming an understanding of the skandhas and replacing my basic, intellectual understanding of anattā with practical, experiential exploration. I'd be grateful for any shared knowledge or resources about where …
  • Hi friends, I'm herbie. I live in Germany and buddhist traditions and views have inspired me throughout the last 15 years. During this time I contacted Theravada, Zen and Tibetan buddhism. The diversity of 'buddhisms' that has been confusing in the…