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  • “I want to be a Buddhist.” #metoo
  • Thanks @Jeffrey Honest and humble. Good human qualities, rather than play acting esoterics ... Mahamudra, dzogchen and zen are taught openly. Just apply. You are right about quality/awake teachers. They become apparant outside the spiritual…
  • Fortunately as a practicing alchemist the deep end is my starting point ... https://tinyurl.com/y4m3pzvq ... meanwhile ... here is an example of a semi wrathful esoteric practice. You can do it, as I did, learning the Nyingma mantra by heart. Si…
  • Some may be interested how personal data must be protected from the monetization bread heads ... https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/what-surveillance-capitalism-and-how-did-it-hijack-internet Top tips to protect yourself: - You are not your i…
  • Thanks everyone, we may haz plan ... From @federica we may need the taboo breaking crazies https://cundi.weebly.com/crazies.html Some of @Jeffrey ideas are part of traditions for example beginner zen monastics quite often have to train under th…
  • @JaySon said: Sorry, can't apologize for teaching pure dharma. Ban me, I guess. I can. Sorry about that ... must be another story told by my esteemed marine mentor ... http://tinyurl.com/y37qulxa ... it leads to the impure Mahaya…
  • I was sent this talk today. Seems relevant ...
  • If I weren't Mahayana, I would follow Ajahn Chah's simple teachings and try to achieve liberation as fast as possible. Fast is not necessarily effective. Many paths are one route/path. http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/comment/503555#Commen…
  • @person that seems the grown up approach. It is not uncommon for teachers to illustrate the very traps they feel can be avoided.
  • Thanks @pegembara spot on
  • Glad you are inspired @tom_hitt Pass it on, we slackers need all the inspiration available. The Buddhist path works. It is not easy but it is straightforward. Chanting improves well being and right concentrates ... as do smoothies. My first …
  • Maybe they could imagine they are not on a mountain. Not a pigee but feeling calm and happy? I may start a thread on creating our own presentation as a means to understand our thunking ... I thunk, therfore I Yam ... [lobster wanders off into the wo…
  • Ah sorry @person. Now understood. I feel you can do better. I wish you every success. Zen can be very formal and ritualistic due to the Japanese culture but Korean and Chinese Chan may also be considered ... I have a Soto Zendo near me and th…
  • This is a song thrush, singing his heart out yesterday.
  • @person said: But I do get a culty vibe from him and criticisms of his writing are things that I don't really care for. You want us to confirm that he is wonderful? No can do. Culty vibe becase he is a counter productive cu%t leader. Too …
  • Great post @FoibleFull Here is some info for those helping with the route cause ...
  • What was your first step away them cigarettes? Not smoking them. Not buying them. Cold turkey.
  • This might be useful/helpful. Hope so. https://www.facingus.org/# Buddhist solution https://www.lionsroar.com/ask-the-teachers-26/
  • Exactly @Lee82 @Jason also mentions this fundamental Buddhist teaching https://www.thoughtco.com/sunyata-or-emptiness-450191 Son-Yeti, sun-cod, I think, therefore I yam - not. That sort of thingee ...
  • My entire LIFE is my practice, and I don't differentiate between morning, noon or night, serious or humorous. Stream entrant mode eh? Good plan. Structure and commitment better than part time dharma. Reminding ourselves. 'How does this …
  • Gosh had completely forgotten about my recent computer games addiction http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/comment/532678/#Comment_532678
  • Great presentation. 8 year olds like stories ... For example the life, renunciation and enlightenment of the Buddha ... Jakata tales may also be interesting to them.
  • Yes meditation usually makes one more/aware/sensitive. That is why it is important to also develop non-attachment. We become aware of our reactions ... I like nice thoughts, I don't like unpleasant thoughts, that sort of thing. Through discipline…
  • @seeker242 said: "To see nothing is to perceive the Way, and to understand nothing is to know the Dharma, because seeing is neither seeing nor not seeing and because understanding is neither understanding nor not understanding. Seeing without see…
  • It seems that ‘being’ is more important than ‘knowing’. In the sense you perhaps mean it yes. In Christian terms, Grace is the enactment of Gnosis. In Buddhist terms we might say knowing is dualistic and being is unitary. We can go beyond kn…
  • Before doing yoga yesterday I meditated in full lotus, proving my gentle yoga has worked on my posture. My next goal is heels on the floor in dog asana and a more relaxed meditative Uttanasana I am so grateful I found my yoga mojo again. I co…
  • applies to pretty much all group dynamics. Maybe so. However dharma goes beyond the commonplace psychology of group dynamics and beyond self cherishing maitri Dharma aims to be far more skilful, eventually utilising pronoia as its active …
  • Great link @Lee82 When I died, I found out online, I was so surprised, I wrote my obituary and posted it online ... http://web.archive.org/web/20041013020010/http://pages.britishlibrary.net/lobster/rip/ maybe it is time to update ... mmm ..…
  • @David The culture baggage and language may need to be updated as you say ... For example the ten ox herding pics of zen ... may become more than nothing and less than everything ... or vice versa http://www.buddhanet.net/oxherd1.htm ...…
  • How much dharma do you really need to know? All of it. Impossible? Start. Continue. Refine. Begin anew. IZ PLAN!
  • The antidote to clinging to self-cherishing/selfish desire/self-interest is cultivating loving kindness, compassion, and Bodhichitta. Indeed. Someone has to do it! Om elette ... eh ... that is no egg mantra ... [lobster tries again] O…
  • Goodbye dear sockpuppet (apparantly) GONE, GONE, GONE BEYOND, GONE COMPLETELY BEYOND Gate, Gate, Paragate, Para Sam gate Bodhisvaha. http://sanghalou.org/oldsitebackup/heart_suttra.htm
  • But at some point Today perhaps? https://www.lionsroar.com/to-enter-the-vajrayana-start-at-the-beginning/ https://learning.tergar.org/course_library/vajrayana-online/
  • Life is so precious, so special, and yet it's nothing special at all. a bit like ... * music, just arranged noise * food, just fuel * animals, just food [oops - I meant plants] * jewels, just rocks * people, just friends Lif…
  • I am sure in time I will learn to work through the anxiety and the fear of anxiety. I am sure too. I have had UTI and been on valium, which in my case kept me semi conscious through nightmares which is no way to sleep. For the unitary…
  • @Kundo said: I broke my mala 😶😶😶 Hardcore puja! Did they catch fire from speed mantraing?
  • I find a good without opposition Sounds good to me ...
  • Questions about acceptance to any sort of residential program should be directed towards the places you're interested in. Exactly. Make contact. Ask for advice. Sit outside the gate, so to speak. Becoming a zen monastic is like the dharma…
  • @person said: I don't know how to ask this in a completely constructive way. How do we distinguish this view of freedom, which sounds correct and wise to me, and apathy where nothing matters? Apathy and nihilism is hopeless and samsara en…
  • Maybe this ... https://m.wikihow.com/Meditate-for-Beginners How to sit Guided Meditation https://www.audiodharma.org/series/1/talk/1835/ You will find your way to The Way. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH
  • @FoibleFull said: Until you experience it first-hand, it is only an idea. Indeed. The point of bodhisattva resonance and sila is to turn theory into practice/being/experience. We all want to be Happy, content, at ease. How? One way i…
  • @Jason on the whole I hate your taste in music. 😱 It seems, like punk and gangsta, to relish unsavoury violence. ❌ However I really enjoy violent films, such as Venom and Deadpool, that often use such music as background. It may be about how I use m…