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  • @Fosdick said: But emotion is sneaky, it easily arises without our being aware of it - one must always be mindful, always vigilant. Maybe when we are fully enlightened we can relax - but I wouldn't count on it. ... as a failed Tantris…
  • @grackle said: I have seen soldiers develop a high degree of mindfulness while in combat. They come back intact. But as young soldiers they are far from a spiritual path. They remain the same profane creatures as they were before going to war. …
  • Thanks guys. What is the point of being a nihilist? My choice is not to make meaning in a supposed nihilistic environment/universe but to align or take a skilful path. For example if we develop wisdom, compassion, metta, boddhicitta, gene…
  • Those who seek knowledge, collect something every day. Those who seek the Way, let go of something every day. Tao Te Ching Start anywhere. Never finish. Keep rereading. Understand new meanings. You can even read from start to start again ...
  • Hello Hope you stay with us for a long while. Your situation of possibly living your last moment was always the case. It is the case for everyone. You are just more aware of it due to having a very direct and constant reminder. So thanks for th…
  • Thanks @Jeffrey I was concerned about some of your posts lately which seemed a little strange (I know strange - it is one of my hobbies) However it also seems you can self diagnose and realise where an issue may be. For social development I woul…
  • Obviously, enlightenment is nothing ... special ... http://sped2work.tripod.com/fetters.html
  • @person said: We can find purpose and meaning even on a grand scale within our own human mind. I suppose ... The need for purpose and meaning is an attachment, like all conditional arisings it passes ... Ay caramba. Nothing/emptying (no…
  • I have high expectations of everyone here. I expect, in fact, I would demand if I could, no less than enlightenment. I need all the help I can get, I just don't expect any ... I iz such a failure ... funnily enough I am OK with that ...
  • Hi, welcome Open your eyes and continue. Is quitting for quitters and other dharma critters ... Very simply and basically, stillness comes after we carry on through the 'mind show'. Sit with those sensations for a while. Why are they too muc…
  • @person said: Traditional Buddhism offers a claim of an ultimate purpose but if in actuality there isn't one we can still adopt Buddhist principles to give meaning to our lives and find an inner happiness and peace. Indeed. Here is one w…
  • Arguments against theism, (not a Buddhist requirement). I feel without some of the superstitious and ignorant bits, Dharma offers pragmatic life skills.
  • Why Buddhism? The right toolkit ...
  • @CedarTree said: How is awakening related to the individual? Individuals awaken. You knew that? Tsk, tsk, picture of cushion coming up ...
  • No. However I read about reframing
  • Ay caramba! http://www.palikanon.com/english/pali_names/b/baahiya.htm Become arhat and gored and flung on the compost heap. Life sure is dukkha and no mistake ... 😱🤗
  • @CedarTree said: Bāhiya of the Bark-cloth with this brief explanation of the Dhamma, the Blessed One left. Many thanks @CedarTree ... Wot no advice on sartorial elegance for a man wearing a tree? I guess I am only seeing what I see?
  • @ajhayes said: Is "I don't know" an acceptable answer? Dunno Sorry, couldn't resist ... https://jackkornfield.com/practice-dont-know-mind/
  • Wonderful news @karasti Good luck. I was, in fact I still am, publicity officer and official cructacean for Puppy Linux, unfortunately being an open source project I was paid in emptyness. I am sure you will do better. The good thing was bei…
  • I agree with the not-blind leading those who want to see. So for example it is perfectly sensible to study, listen to sangha, gurus, lamas, a tree etc. but we must also keep our wits about us or we could end up with shaved head, orange robes an…
  • @grackle said: Though morality is one of the three trainings I was told this years ago. Without a proper foundation in and practice of Sila the other trainings cannot manifest themselves. Moral, ethical, kind behavour is not optional on t…
  • Welcome Sachingopal
  • Well said @vinlyn I feel our need to accept divinity, reject or use skilfully is much like the placebo effect. It is medicinal ... https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-power-of-placebo-how-our-brains-can-heal-our-minds-and-bodies/ I…
  • Thanks everyone. God™is good and Boddhisatvas, non-Allahists, Protestants and HH Dally Lama Trump are evil ... or is it the other way around? Are atheists or goddists mad? What is a cructacean to do? @Jeffrey said it well here: Kindne…
  • In Hell I'll Be In Good Company ( good news )
  • I thought 'The Shack' might be interesting. Meeting the Holy Trinity. I lasted an hour. I don't think it is even suitable for Christians ... Seen all the grizzly films mentioned. By far the best in sheer drama is The Revenant (2015) A level of…
  • Thanks @silver These atheistic micro crustaceans recently partly ate a teenager. If they were gods creatures might they have finished off the job? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/07/tiny-meat-loving-marine-creatures-eat-…
  • Having had chronic fatigue syndrome, I know how debilating it is. I thought the video was excellent. I have only done the first breath mentioned but without the chanting. My feeling is the second two breaths would work out as more healing beca…
  • This gave me a truly dark chuckle - plus made me feel braver about the whole death affair. Indeed. Being brave through sitting with a living corpse (that would be me on a cushion) is very confronting and comforting. I do have a tendency…
    in Death Comment by lobster August 7
  • @grackle said: I feel deep gratitude to my parents. Also too the larger society that protected me as I matured. Indeed. I have mentioned before how Trungpas alcoholic, libertine, broken behavour was not an example of transcendence bu…
  • @Visa said: Anyhow, does anyone have any idea what could be going on here, or what to do about it? Any exercises, stretches, yoga positions, breathing exercises etc I could try? Or any place where I could search for more information? Thank…
  • @person said: Please forgive any invoking of high horses. No need. Drunk Llamas, high horses or cracked gurus are part of our precious coal/diamond flaws. In other words we can expand our innate goodness to fathom the depth in the trite. …
  • Great thread @person and very important insight from @IronRabbit. In the wizarding community the greatest wizards balance the two sides of their magickal being. If not they end up being capable of being very naughty - white witch seduced by the…
  • I wonder if they secretly speak polari in Canada? Maybe a French hybrid? http://www.polari.org.uk I don't feel we have to apologise for being Canadian, straight cockney, sorry lobster or indeed almost Buddhist. However as a humble choi…
  • The dead do not fear the living. Come to think of it they don't do much of anything ... We regularly walk through a local graveyard to the supermarket. I treat it as a nature reserve. It is beautiful and part of it is an apiary, in time it is be…
    in Death Comment by lobster August 4
  • I like to follow the news: After being blamed for molesting wheat fields, stealing bits of cows and such like, the mysterious motives of the alien cat people, seems to involve involuntary hair cuts: http://www.news18.com/news/india/a-mystery-man…
  • Just when we thought it was safe/straightforward/easy ... Dharma deconstructs itself. Emptiness is form and form is emptiness, or to put it another way ... When bad omens arise, receive them as auspicious; Whatever thoughts arise are the treasur…
  • It starts off as a self centered pursuit leading to realisation of non-self. Don't try to change the world. Be the change instead. I'll join. Yesterday I was near the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, visiting the quiet public …
  • I do all my meditation for selfish benefits, which include my increased altruism (allegedly/theoretically). I hope to be completely selfish selfless at some point in my meditation
  • Thanks everyone for your insights. Being exploitative to the detriment of others is not part of most spirituality. However we can be part of co-operative startups, venture start ups that benefit innovation and support well being for staff. Many o…
  • @Bunks said: We're strange creatures...... I'm not. 🙊 Oh wait ... I am. http://www.taleofgenji.org/buddhism_for_beginners.html