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  • Thanks for the reminder He was a great orator and like so many others stood up to injustice, ignorance and as you say his own fears and doubts. We have a new mensch generation who are standing up to oppression because of Martin Luther King ... …
    in MLK Day Comment by lobster January 16
  • @satcittananda said: I am absolutely useless at art, maybe ... but most likely you can do something ... I charged my pencil and somehow got another collage. I have practically no skill but a lot of patience. I just keep going until a f…
  • @Tigger said: I'm planning on painting again as it is something I like to do and I think I'm am going to incorporate some meditation with it....kind of like walking meditation but with the hands instead of the feet and see what happens. I…
  • I pretend to make abstract art. Usually with an Apple pro and pencil For example this collage I just finished. Not done anything for a while. @Fosdick is right about us being paint painters. What I need is a good pretentious title 'Monkey Mind Drea…
  • We are in a kind of matrix of our own construction. Yes there is a 'given by society' matrix but on another level we have imprisoned ourselves as @federica mentions. When we see our matrix/karma we can begin to unravel its entanglement/mind bewitchm…
  • @Mingle said: I love Buddhism and most things Spiritual but ironically I find most books on the subjects boring as hell. Indeed. Me too. Tend to get my info on the interweb. I like books with lots of pictures and simple initiatory tales. …
  • @Techie try and be more lady-like, like our beloved moderator - for the sake of your gum drops ... @Silver glad to see your spelling has improved ... May your pain be eased. Some lady had better do some Medicine Buddha mantra for you. Lobster ra…
  • @Kerome said: I think that's a fallacy. Spiritual truth doesn't have to be poetic or metaphoric, there is plenty of it that is quite clear. That's a basic point of all communication - spiritual or not - clarity. Que? This seems how can I…
  • Just a reminder that we have a long history of cultural information, memes and other helpful public resources in the UK to shape our ladies and gentlemen ...
  • @federica said: The first rule of the jhana club is.... Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! Tyler Durden - Fight C…
  • The meaning is changing, just like many words. For example the first women suffragettes in the UK were mostly genteel 'Ladies'. However ... ... context, time, culture is important. In Saudia Arabia women are not allowed to drive. Que? …
  • Welcome @terminal you might find my very olde page on the Book of Thoth of interest but perhaps not really very relevant to those using Buddhist symbolic systems ...
  • @federica said: Agreed, it's speculation, but if he DOES believe 'fight' to be an unfortunate term, he clearly has little idea of the struggle, opposition and indeed, oppression would-be Bhikkunis have had to endure.... Indeed. As fa…
  • Welcome to @ZenCanuck our new flirtatious 'Trump bait' - not quite the appropriate term ... let me just say 'member' for now ... Children are wonderful but then so is not clinging to their presence or absence ...
  • who built the pyramids in Egypt? The Egyptians. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_pyramid_construction_techniques# Next.
  • @Kindhumanbeing said: That's very pessimistic. I'm not even sick. I'm very healthy & well / I take great care of myself & I choose life. Choose life. Hi and Welcome Buddhism and those clinging to life can have an unhealthy fixation…
  • @techie my feeling is @Dakini has provided the best advice about the gentle slowing/emptying of the constant mind chatter. It can be very subtle when we are trying 'real hard' to get to a more restful/peaceful/emptied state. Being gentle with a r…
  • I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose. George Carlin
  • I'd have to disagree in part. Which karmically means partial agreement This is a moral universe, Que? Is this assumed? I believe we're lucky to live in such a universe. Compared to not living ... maybe so ... …
  • @Tigger said: I'm still going to read more Good plan. There are levels of unfolding for eg. @namarupa said: I believe it refers to a certain level or state of awareness where your mind may penetrate or tap into something that n…
  • Awesome @Richdawson It really is finding the core or building on which to base ones unfolding. For some it is Sila and study, purification through precepts, following a specific guru, teaching, meditation technique, chant ... whatever ... I…
  • @techie said: I have to disagree. Thoughts r extremely powerful, they cause us to react. If they were harmless no one would try to control them. Even a trivial thought or memory could cause violent reactions or we may imagine things etc. Tho…
  • @Tigger 5 mins is a good start. It really makes you aware of what a barrel of gibbering monkeys the mind is. You really have to experience that. It makes the idea of dukkha very comprehensible.
  • Totally agree with @SpinyNorman ... and would like to eloborate on this idea of 'the Buddha on holiday'. Nah ... can't be bothered, just reposting this beach based guided meditation that @genkaku posted recently ...
  • @Dakini said: When I meditate, I'm able to take a vacation from thoughts. It's very restful. I was told by a Tibetan monk that that was not proper meditation, but others have said that that is what "calm abiding" is about. Pah! Start wit…
  • @Vastmind said: 4 min video reminder. You are going to die. How I laughed! Who is ready to die? Have you packed your coffin and made your Will? I will be leaving my body for the worms/fishes or if near a sky burial facility ma…
  • @karasti said: A few things I have learned (so far) -it's true that when you look at others and see negative things, you are really judging an aspect of yourself Exactly so. However when has that ever stopped anyone? Good post @kar…
  • Very interesting thread guys. Great comments. I liked what Grackle says about the money lenders. If I was as kind as Jesus I would go into my local Buddhist monastery and kick them off their cushions, with wrathful yells of, 'off your asses bodhi…
  • ^^. Tee hee! Your iPhone will become a Buddha? ... meditating in a deck chair is very advanced but may suit ... or perhaps the soothing motion of a rocking chair ...
  • So you judge, so what? You suffer because you wallow/chew over/fight against the judgements. Judge. Accept you are judging, then move on. You can't? Ah well you might have to retrain your mind ... In your judgement are you ready for that? …
  • Thanks guys. I am rather impressed that @Tigger is already meditating. Any technique that works to gently focus would be beneficial. When I started, there was very much an aspect of will power, force, constraint. That quite understandably mad…
  • @Omar067 said: "Don't be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they can not touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both your soul and body in hell." - Jesus My sort of guy! OK Jesus you can come on one of my picnics in hel…
  • Tee hee! Good news! @Mingle said: I know for you guys this is just stating the obvious but to me there is knowing something because you have been told it and then really knowing something because you have experienced it. Well sai…
  • This might prove of interest @David https://jessicadavidson.co.uk/2016/04/18/embracing-darkness-how-to-feed-your-demons/
  • I would like to elaborate on what @Zero said. The ease or relaxation that we are aiming for in Buddhism, is independent of sensation and feeling. It is closer to the space between or emptiness. It is unconditional ease. A letting go of the tensio…
  • Well said @Kerome Developing discernment, attention and insight for me came by studying the words of the wise. Reading beyond revered, populist or titillating. Some of the great teachers certainly seemed crazy by conventional standards but a patte…
  • Very useful insights from @SpinyNorman Many thanks Going back to the original question 'Who is it who suffers?', we begin to understand a processing occurs. So for example anger has a cause, which can be next to nothing or very major. How w…
  • There are at least two approaches, separate the holy or sanctify the mundane. I tend to worship my toaster as it is able to roast the Buddha/'body of Christ'. It is also shiny like a mirror, thus allowing me to see the Buddhas true nature. Bo…
  • @dhammachick said: No it's not, but neither then is asking people to use some common sense and not view other humans as deities. Right? In Tantra/guru yoga the teacher is visualised, identified as the Buddha and as an emanation of a y…
  • I very much liked @Lonely_Traveller story. Others have mentioned the process of being broken as part of their journey. There has to be a motivation. A dissatisfaction or realisation that the path one is on is not facilitating understanding. After…
  • The first time I saw and heard a monk was in the main house where this temple is presently in mourning for the King of Thailand, whose official London residence hosts the temple in its back garden/grounds. I had organised a trip for about half a doz…
  • The inverted or projected ego, 'people are ultra conscious of me' - when in fact we may be ultra sensitive/conscious. ... Assertiveness is interesting because it is about giving oneself permission to be. Part of that being may impact on others co…
  • It is a question of intention, association and context. For example I am immediately aware of the swastika in @federica screensaver. So I would just use an image without such associations. However I would be quite happy having a wrathful yidam image…
  • @JaySon said: As it stands I don't know how to relax and be at ease without at least some sense pleasures. The Middle Way entails mixing our unskilful scratching with skilful itch encouragement. For example regular practicing of skilful r…
  • Buddha trained as an ascetic yogi as was fashionable at the time for warrior princes who had left hedonism ... His order of sannyasins conformed to the prevailing fashionable spiritual ideology of the time and place. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/…
  • Great post from @pegembara and question from @David This for me is an important understanding: @pegembara said: I have not found one desire in twenty-two years of careful looking and close observation that arises and keeps arising. …
  • @dhammachick said: I'll let you in on a little secret..... we all have lulls. Welcome to the club _ /\ _ Ay caramba! I thought it was just me! Do we get a refund? There is sadly only one solution. Keep trying.