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  • Indeed. No statues of Buddha by his request. First four centuries, he was a wheel, hand, foot, chair or tree ...
    in Roots Comment by lobster 2:00PM
  • @Kerome said: So am I doing something wrong? I only do wrong meditation. Sometimes without a cushion. Sometimes all mindless chanting and very little 'right'. Sometimes all movement and no stillness, sometimes the opposite. I could wal…
  • @paulyso said: so jason post has a nice dao-dharma vibe. enjoyed the breath of it. Exactly. Very well written and inspiring. It describes Buddhism from start to finish. We start from seed rooting. We finish with a tree. We are always …
    in Roots Comment by lobster 5:56AM
  • @person said: I've heard of differing levels of awareness, the first being the breath, the next being awareness of the mind and body and lastly simply an awareness of awareness. ... If I may ... simply awareness ... no 'of' ... Bring on …
  • Those of us involved in real injustice, will always find it ... always ... For example how many have seen 'Suffragette' movie? What action in such opression? When does compassion, wisdom, awakening become socially active/engaged Buddhism? PRO…
  • A placard with inbuilt bells, or inbuilt shrine, or an electronic version so you could change positions/sides seems a possibility ... * Change your Mind * Just another Slogan * I am Protesting
  • @Kerome said: So am I doing something wrong? I was wondering whether meditation settles down into a routine of progression. Or whether perhaps I’m not achieving the right degree of concentration? How does one actually concentrate on meditation an…
  • Thanks @federica Makes sense that they are rutting. A lot of the younger males were fighting each other, reasonably gently. They were all standing their ground.
  • Taking pics, (have phone, mind aware) is a great practice. I used filters to bring out this fallen angel hidden behind a gravestone ... What am I seeing? Why is it meaningful? What are my preferences? Very pleased with my new bridge camera…
  • @David said: Besides the "insightful", "awesome" and "lol", a "wtf" would come in handy sometimes. Those would all make great placards. I feel @federicas might incite violence ... Perhaps our more militant and fearless protestors could …
  • Here is another food item sentient being, I photographed in London a few hours ago (Richmond Park). I called him Gandalf, as he was hanging out with his mates blocking my path - 'None shall pass'. Had to go back and around. Deer have priority in R…
  • just the simplest googling, I'm horrified at what I've seen. Google can be like that ... For genuine dharma, you need a tree to sit under ... wait ... [news just in ... tree not required ...] Excellent down to earth advice from @kar…
  • It enables me to practice with my best understanding. Indeed, the forgetting you mention is called remembrance in Sufism and mindfulness in Dharma. Our best understanding of The Way is already surprisingly advanced. Most of us know to be …
  • Complete Zen range ... Also available in black and other colours ... * Free the Placard * Down with Placards * Hello Mum! * Don't Protest, it's karma. * Non-Action Zen * Eat Fruit
  • @silver said: Writing down one's thoughts, feelings, chores, shows so many examples of the mind's wanderings. And with the Buddha basics (speaking of the monkey-mind), helping to be mindful, highlighting these and to rein in some of the excess. …
    in Roots Comment by lobster October 19
  • Good point @vinlyn At heart simplicity. We need a complete and comprehensive rather than complex range of teachings. Most of us have that readily ...
  • A you know ideally a meditative mind is focussed calm, rather than forced concentration. Life is always the problem ...
  • Being kind, according to our capacity and understanding is sufficient reminder. Silence can be intervention. Sometimes silence is deafening. Do your best and be kind to your failings. Leads to compassion, understanding and wisdom. It is kinda …
  • The highest purity is beyond pure and impure, samsara and nirvana differences ... Don't bow to a Buddha, be one. Too hard? Ah well back to Noble Truth Uno again ... Sadly I do not have the book, after all study efforts are to be studied ... an…
  • Glad to have found you all. Where was I ... ... Ah yes the unknown ... The viking image I posted is missing half a head ... ... more info of this ancient dharma link ... http://irisharchaeology.ie/2013/12/the-helgo-treasure-a-viking-…
  • @satcittananda said: Just thought for those who like to think.... Trying to give it up My unformal teacher was a Prat yeka Buddha Easy to find. Just turned up. I will describe some of their qualities, some led to 'invisibilit…
  • Eventually we don't need placards ... meanwhile more slogans ... * **not protesting ** (Am Buddhist) * Cause starts here. Effects are endless. * If you are looking for a sign. This is it.
  • I don't recall what we talked about, but, it was a very friendly discussion and I woke up feeling really good, calm, at peace, and happy. For Halloween, coming up in many Buddha lands, I recommend the film 'a dark song'. For those contemplat…
  • Rather a spectacular crash ensued. Ow! OK that is enough empathy for today ... Sometimes we are forced into contemplative stillness, samsara is like that [bit of smug dharma]. I suppose I will have to turn blue and radiate? Ca…
  • ... I woke up feeling really good, calm, at peace, and happy Then you have met the Buddha ... [don't kill him just yet ...] How wonderful.
  • Very well said @karasti - good points. Our addictive/impeded selves are different. Giving up alcohol would be easy for me because I rarely drink. Looking at other types of the compulsive behavour patterns [yep many recognized] There is a hug…
  • "But those who've abandoned all judgments Create no conflict in the world." Indeed. This why the Sangha is one of the jewels, trying to abide by this ultimate letting go ... However ... in my judgement conflict can be illustrative an…
  • @Randy said: ... Just don't hate. Indeed. As someone who keeps pet Buddhas in a cupboards, I know the power of the wrathful manifestations of the benign. It is heavy and dangerous skilful stuff, only of use to those requiring quick resol…
  • @dhammachick said: I have a different version I would love to post here but Mama Fede would kick my arse Everyday I slap myself, turn the other cheek and remind myself, 'that wasn't so hard was it' ... Fortunately life/dukkha/karma oft…
  • “Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well I have others.” Groucho Marx Without the sun, the lily is closed. We have to open. I am grateful to my harder certainties (dukkha holdings) as they are not in accordance with the fre…
  • @IronRabbit said: Can't help it....my facile rage has temporarily taken me over....... Understood. I bet you could hug a demon. However what about the real demons? Hard eh? https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/shoshin-and-the-fear-…
  • @Dhammika said: Any kindred experiences of working with one's fallibility are welcome. Perhaps you have heard the story of Sith master and bad boy yogi Milarepa ... http://www.cosmicharmony.com/Av/Milarepa/Milarepa.htm
  • Good point @nakazcid Evolution has made us fearful, greedy, mindless, mad, angry, on the way to death etc (damn dukkha) ... and yet ... Doctors are fighting our fragility and spiritual practice is overcoming our non Buddha Nature. Despite dino…
  • @Mingle said: Your take... No thanks. No take. 🙏🏽 Yep I am being compassionate to myself. Selfish even. Pitiable? Nope. Wikid? Oh yeah!
    in Self Pity Comment by lobster October 15
  • @federica is right the squirrel was an Albino. Quite rare, apparently more common is a genetic mutation that allows white squirrel families. Anyways I bought a new bridge camera to photograph devas, rainbow bodies, mutant wildlife etc. Went to my…
  • Bravo I am made of weaker stuff ... On behalf of no one, not Buddhas, Trump or the suffering I wish everyone well, may they be blessed I intend to steal their negativity for my pet demons I intend to be silent even when singing out of t…
  • I may have gone for the classic "nod and smile" approach. I find myself using that a lot when I don't know what to say, particularly when someone makes a really outrageous claim that I know isn't rooted in reality. It is a straightforward ap…
  • Na Mo Quan Yin Bodhisattva Deep in my bones the Goddess is alive, Deep in my cells and blood the Life Force is strong, Deep in my heart and spirit, I believe I will heal. I feel Kuan Yin at my core, Filling me with Faith and Health. Abunda…
  • Would you say your practice gets easier with age? LOL An aged practice is ever young. It is you again who are old news ... Too wikid? We are stardust, we are g old en ...
    in Turning 30 Comment by lobster October 14
  • There I was searching for garudas, nagas and the Surrey Puma ... when who should I come across ... a white squirrel ... Beautiful ...
  • @Linc said: For the record tho, I think "Doing X mindfully" is perhaps meditative, but it is not meditation. This applies doubly to something that prevents me from subsequently meditating. Exactly. We or maybe just me, are on a path to…