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  • I'll bring coffee, just been reading about the Ethiopian Coffee Ritual, starting with green beans, finishing with popcorn and frankincense ... Meanwhile whilst we await the aroma, I am on retreat ... yes my iPad is allowed - I am a heretic. Vi…
  • Does Buddhism have a political dimension? For me and others it does ... http://www.davidloy.org/blog.html
  • There is no other. No outside of our being. Strange but true. Most of us [lobster raises guilty claw] are obsessed, possessed and attached to the small wheel of our mind, body and sprite (kind of like spirit but less so). However [non-spoiler …
  • Thanks everyone I like Now Here as part of our Now-wear and tear ... Movement is an acceptable stillness. Still improving? Resting stillness we travel ... https://buddhaweekly.com/the-psychology-of-buddhist-prostrations-the-humble-bow-a-mea…
  • Minions have their own language ...
  • I like to view the word spirituality as referring to that which tends to the needs of the heart and leads towards happiness for ourselves and others. That seems like common sense. Interestingly enough spirituality transcends common sense,…
  • And of course, there's nibbana, "the highest bliss Sounds like something to sing and dance about to me ... Nibbana ... not banana ... Buddhas don't have Banana Nature ... wait ... take it away guys ...
  • Thanks @Tsultrim Tee hee ... think I may have been inspired by the Green One ... https://ganachakra.com/category/milarepa/ The Hinayana Tantrists such as Chogyam and other non rhinocerous ... ... are not to be confused with the great ascetic…
  • @federica expressed it well. Sila for the enlightened. In other words, others dukkha becomes transformed into bliss (ideally) In this sense the Path continues but crawling, becomes walking, running and finally dancing 💃🏼 Words that come from…
  • yogi in a cave, singing to the yet i Yo to the cotton clad green won Here the call beyond mountains of magic Won One, Buddhas above and below Before and afters Sing of Ever Never More Sing Now
  • Well said @Tsultrim ... the authentic insight you describe is the only form of spirituality worthy of the name ...
  • Beauty is a manifestation of truth, once we delve deeply, even the ugly wrathful demons become manifestations of Truth. Strange but true ... Ego expression beyond a very necessary requirement which varies according to person, age and circumstance…
  • Here is one about society, cages and freedom http://natureofthecage.com/
  • You are very fortunate @federica Most people prefer a clown in a circus. They mistake entertainment for the Path. Why? Delusion for sweet dreams perhaps ... https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1865425/
  • New Age dhrama-rama woo-woo is about energy, spirituality, lite practice and a new set of values and mind caging ... When we go inward rather than labelling and being spiritually biased, what happens? We find the spirit or essence of dharma that …
  • @WesternBuddhism said: Eckhart Tolle calls it disidentification with the mind/ Ego and Buddhists call it Non-Attachment to things, but is it best not to try and do these and just become aware instead? As in trying to do these more mind activity i…
  • Thanks everyone ~nods~ I enjoyed this way you've described this. I don't know if you meant the same thing I heard when I read it, but internally I tend to think of it as alchemy when I take anger and convert it to joy. Magickal thinking mani…
  • @Tsultrim said: Si Senor ... gran poema Ay caramba. We iz Spanish Tibetan ... Eh ma ho.
  • @FoibleFull said: Of course Western Buddhism is possible. Buddhism tells us that our search for "imperturbability, tranquility, and harmony," is just as much of a trap as our desire to get away from pain. It just takes us Westerners longer …
  • @WesternBuddhism said: Hello, how can I incorporate achieving things in the world- e.g. money, sporting, as well as enjoying these things fully without attachment while practicing Buddhism? Somewhere in all the variety of answers ... Some…
  • Cheat sheets available: Buddhism http://www.dummies.com/religion/buddhism/buddhism-for-dummies-cheat-sheet/ Meditation http://www.dummies.com/religion/spirituality/meditation-for-dummies-cheat-sheet/ Wait ... iz we allowed to cheat? ... b…
  • I have recently taken up again my practice of Hatha Yoga. It is marvellous. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatha_yoga It is very much informed by my meditation practice. I totally agree that most western 'yogis' are advocating little more th…
  • @WesternBuddhism said: Hello, what are some good resources to get me started. I will just add I have recently started meditating daily and have so far read the Power of Now and A new Earth by Eckhart Tolle, and now listen to the secular Buddhism …
  • Tee Hee. I did read that Roshi Joan Sutherland piece. Nobody stopped me, not even me ...
  • This team can probably advise you on your nearest supporters club (Sangha) http://www.thebuddhistsociety.org/ Buddha! Buddha! Buddha! Goal!
  • @WesternBuddhism said: Hello, how can I incorporate achieving things in the world- e.g. money, sporting, as well as enjoying these things fully without attachment while practicing Buddhism? Who is stopping you?
  • 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 Padmasana/vajra position/lotus …
  • Here is another cross cultural offering ... as used by British Airways and other advertisers ... from Lakme (Lakshmi) by Delibes
  • Two thumbs eh? Tee Hee. “Better to drown at the bottom of the sea for eternity than to seek liberation by following the wise,” Shitou, or Stone Head (Soto Zen Master) https://www.lionsroar.com/koans-for-troubled-times/ No rest for the drow…
    in The Finger Comment by lobster April 13
  • Your two latest pics are really good @Shoshin I like rainbows and often take pics of herons. It is quite wet and muddy here at the moment. In other random and useless news, been taking neem - yuk, bitter but beneficial ... http://isha.sadhg…
  • ... some very helpful explanations. Many thanks. ... in particular it is worth remembering how in Tantra, emotional states, desires and inclinations are used as transforming principles. In future with sufficient insight, transformed egoic states c…
  • Hi Yagr Daka and Dakini are the twins of Tibetan Magickal Dharma. They are mind doctors, soul wizards, wise women, part yak (talk/mantra), part dharma lama and part reality itself. Changing anger to joy, sounds good sky walking to me ... ht…
  • Initially, hope and belief light the fuse of practice. But experience trumps daydreaming, so after a bit of practice, the usefulness of daydreaming diminishes. Indeed. I think there is a positive beyond the duality of positive and nega…
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  • Thanks everyone
  • I feel science has useful insights into our nature. For example it might explain how bias is a problem as much for wizards, Buddhas and scientists. We have to 'learn to think'. In dharma, just as in science we have to develop critical and objecti…
  • Having no hope is not hopeless for the advanced Nowist (which I hope is taken to mean someone in the present) Where does any intention arise? It arises from past experience to instigate future action. Live or Be The Hope is a useful way to be. Hope…
  • I fell asleep on my bed yesterday with a dhamma talk playing beside me. In that weird state between sleeping and awak I could feel the bed underneath my back. Then a voice in my mind said, “It’s time for you to use the Dhamma to lean on and support …
  • Thanks 🙏🏽 I feel we often get caught in the metaphor. No matter how many ways it is said, we are tuning in and training in awareness and attentiveness.
  • @Kaydeekay said: It's snowing here and I wrote this cheesy poem about how transitory 'we' are and how nature is a mirror of that. Snow fall I enjoyed the poem. You have expressed important Buddhist ideas. The fleeting nature…
    in Guilt Comment by lobster April 9
  • Finished watching the series. My understanding is still that sham teachers produce nothing but a shambles, betrayal, cultism, sheep followers, negative outcomes etc. Clarity produces wisdom, greater good in people and society. Might be a clue the…
  • @Bunks said Has anyone else had something similar or some kind of Dhamma dreams? I prefer to do my dreaming whilst awake. 😍 In the dervish tradition, drifting (moving between conscious and subconscious is used). The important thing may…
    in Dhamma dreams Comment by lobster April 9
  • Thanks everyone, One of the great misunderstandings is that biological evolution is about improvement. It is not. Biological evolution is about adapting to the environment. The coming Technological Singularity may be the end of us meat balls ..…
    in How to Chill? Comment by lobster April 7
  • but is there a 'self' to be released or is it more akin to a process that's interrupted than a thing achieved? That is a good way of putting it. The self does exist on the mundane and even the Boddhisatva planes, if the Buddha was not a Bodd…
  • How do you deal with this? Just as we practice mind stilling, we can also practice emotional and body stilling. Which is why meditation which has all these components is so fundamental.
  • All that we experience begins with thought. Really? Does it? Sounds unbalanced to me ... Our experiences, physical urges, emotional states often determines our thoughts. Our interpretation, our thinking/perception/disciplined mind can onl…
  • Links: Heal http://healdocumentary.com/ In Search of Balance http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5022626/ The Dhamma Brothers http://www.dhammabrothers.com/ResourceLinks.htm
    in Documentaries Comment by lobster April 4
  • We're about 6-8 weeks away from having a newborn, so things are about to get even crazier I think! Eh ma ho (How wonderful) You are doing good I will dedicate my morning practice to you and your children. May all be well. Om Man…