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  • @techie I feel it is to do with identity and through having a self to protect. In a way I feel it is quite correct to not identify as a Buddhist as long as one practices Buddhism. In other words I am quite capable of protecting my ignorance, opin…
  • Thanks guys. I don't think Gaia, present computers, books or even whole libraries are sentient. I also am not sure at what level self awareness kicks in. Plants, ameobas, viruses, worms, insects, fish, mammals? Don't know.
    in Animal friends Comment by lobster 7:51AM
  • @dhammachick said: She loved it. One of her favorite things was to offer food too the monks in residence. I'd love to go and do a retreat there. Do what you love. Top tip. Feeding monks is one of my fondest memories. The monks seemed …
    in Awesome Comment by lobster 7:29AM
  • In Buddhism the animal realm is below that of humans. Only in the human realm is awakening possible. That is because we can let go of our karmic/circumstantial being. As well as learning from animals, nature, books, experience etc we can learn to wa…
    in Animal friends Comment by lobster 2:56AM
  • This cut out for me after forty minutes. Well it is about silence ...
  • Many thanks. Appreciate all the varied responses. Yesterday, on a path, I saw many dead frogs, some with unfertilised eggs. They get eaten in the 'circle of life', that we are involved in. As some have said, the animal realm is a lesson we are pa…
  • Welcome back Glad you are becoming more focussed and making progress
  • @Bunks Theravadin monks traditionally eat once a day, which means a seista after lunch. We lays often do not have that luxury. An after two hours 'nut snack' seems a possible solution. A large meal can make one drowsy ...
  • I am totally dependent on 'mood regulation by food'. My mental state is more rational in the morning, more intuitive in the evening. If my blood sugar goes low I get aggressive, probably preparing to catch an antelope. After food I am pacified. M…
  • Thanks guys. Yes mudra can be a consideration for me too. Fortunately the hands up on knees type mudra is not something I have need for presently. My teacher used this quite naturally during every day mindfulness. It is common in yogic meditati…
  • Hi @smudge, Have you built or provided a wheel chair for the frog? You could wheel him around a suitable catchment area, then he would be responsible for his meals. Or perhaps carry him to an insect rich environment. Perhaps he could be placed ne…
  • Have a bigger breakfast, eat less lunch, have tea ... Go for walk ...
  • @Namada said: @lobster Dharma break? What do you mean? I mean the film takes over my thinking/experience. In that sense it is mindless ... Dharma is everywhere, even on the toilet or tv screen True. If that is your cons…
  • I love stories. @Will_Baker and @federica wonderful examples. My earliest forays in the land between childhood and developing adolescence was via what we might now call initiatory tales. That is where language and imagination becomes the map and …
  • As we know certain ideas in wrathful practice are considered very simple when engaging conventional wrathful yidams ... However even the reasonbly sane are easily tipped over the edge when using family members, Trump or their psychiatrist as obje…
  • The eyes thing: When I first started a regular practice with others, the eyes focused on a spot on the floor did not suit, unless on my own. I regularly kept my eyes straight ahead without a particular focus as is done in some dzogchen. Last year…
  • I think sci-fi should be taught in history at school. My education thoughts are a little ... unorthodox ... Gonna watch Oblivion again ... many thanks. I really enjoyed 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is that super hero or SF? - bit of both. Also …
  • Hi @IKutts Welcome to newbuddhist (not yet available as a comic) Monks if they have any sense follow the Middle Way rather than the extremes of lay Buddhist laxity or extreme Theravadin small hearted dharma. All dharma and no play makes Bud…
  • I would suggest most of the time @federica you are not engaged in sitting meditation. I guess you know mindfulness is not the same as formal sitting ... In a similar way walking meditation is not the same as going for a walk. However as you ar…
  • Two films that helped me understand Brexit and Trump: I, Daniel Blake - have seen and been involved in some of the desperation/exasperation involved. I found this hard going, so 'enjoyed' is not the right word ... Frankly I was ashamed for my cou…
  • I enjoyed the numbers too: The Accountant - autistic specialist accounting (violent) Hidden Figures - Nasa computing specialists and some humour ... Sausage Party - funny cartoon about food (not 4 kids) Suicide Squad - bad guys win Deadpool …
  • More info on the Navy Seals: https://www.lionsroar.com/buddhism-nutshell-four-seals-dharma/
  • Tee hee. Belief is no substitute for knowing. Dharma is a gnostic not a belief system. "Unbelievable!" DJ trump
  • @ownerof1000oddsocks said: Anyway, I guess I have metta practice to be getting on with. Indeed. Let your heart talk to your brain, your brain to your mind (assuming you have one) and your no-mind to your ... eh ... Silence ... http:…
  • ^^. Tee hee. I'll have what she is having ...
  • 'Spaciousness ... the Final Frontier. To Boldly Go where no-One has gone before ...' Star Trek ... almost Learning how to calm, explore, manage our Middle Way is a lifetimes quest. Who knows what is out in there ...
  • What a great story. Letting go of our bundle of mind sticks, which we beat ourselves or others with ... As a regular visitor to the hell realms, I bring all the sticks I can, even picking up logs stored in my eye along the way. Then I add …
  • @Bunks said: When alone, watch your mind. When with others, watch your speech. Yes indeed. I don't really differentiate much between speech and mind, alone and company. So when alone speak kindly. When with others think of them. …
  • @Lee82 People, physiologies, ages, hormonal states, moon and light influences vary widely. Being semi conscious whilst sleeping, not dreaming, requiring very little sleep, a lot of sleep etc. are all variables I have experienced. So not unusual…
  • @Lee82 said: Is it not mindfulness rather than meditation if you're doing other things at the same time e.g. walking? Eventually they intertwine ... walking meditation in my experience initially is best practiced very slowly, deliberately…
  • @Daozen is right. The 'meditative breath' is slow, natural and deep. From my experience it comes when the mind, emotions and body are relaxed but attentive. The breath is a wonderful feedback device, hence its usage in dharma for millennia ... …
  • Zen Buddhist Stories Maybe (Taoist story) There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympatheticall…
  • I was interested in trying it as opposed to object meditation or breath meditation. Has anyone tried it? What do you think of during meditation? how did it work for you? Trying is a good plan, it might suit. Object, breath, mantra or other '…
  • Yesterday I was dreaming about a Buddha under a tree. I blame it on a hypnosis session from Youtube. Hypnosis is a good way to program the subconscious and there are many examples of restful sleep inductions on Youtube that might prove helpful.
  • More Beaver. Less damn. Good plan. http://www.rewildingbritain.org.uk/magazine/beavers-and-flood-risk-management
  • Bravo. On this Happy Valentine day we can decide how we groove/syncopate/resonate. Budding Buddhist ... Jazz ... Seems like a plan ... http://www.jazzinjapan.com/other-views/559-jazz-and-zen-silence.html
  • Bowl or cup filling is a karmic/life/inevitable occurence in my experience. Emptying is a practice. It is why I value chilling meditation so highly. Meditation is the way we become aware of our condition and its emptying, ideally by acknowledgement …
  • @Bunks said: I have always been attracted** to female teachers - whether it be at school or in the Dharma. Not sure why? I would suggest a variety of possible reasons: * Enlightenment is a receptive rather than active principle * Th…
  • Outstanding answers everyone. I would say, study, meditation, awareness and friendliness. For me the sitting Buddha instructs and constantly becomes my basis. I loved the cheatsheet. Really that could be a mandala, study shrine. I also love t…
  • Good point @IronRabbit the emptyness, the stillness, the attention and nearness to death (no breath) is particularly present for me on the completion of the out breath. A soft and natural breath, takes care of itself. In Tai Chi I was taught to n…
  • Exactly so @SpinyNorman Even the enlightened awakenees do not lose their memories, capacity to plan a Sangha meet etc. They lose the pontificating, worry, indulgence etc. Reality bubbles ... pop! http://www.forbiddenmind.com/science-of-the-min…
  • In the Buddhist tradition, mind and emotions are referred to as citta (often translated as 'mind'). I would suggest Mind is much bigger and includes at least 'Body thought'. Most of us think or are caught by our body pain/thought/dukkha/karma at tim…
  • @karasti said: I talk to almost everything I come across. Even rocks. Especially rocks. I live on a rock (Earth they call it) This idea of listening/being receptive often starts with nature. The Buddha Nature is in all things includi…
  • I like wasps. I used to leave offerings of sweets for them on a stupa. I like spiders. Ants are doing a good job too. Bees are excellent. One sting and they die? Heroic. Shouldn't really steal their baby food I hear hornets may be arriving in …