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  • I like to have slaves and servants. For example I keep a closet full of Boddhisattvas to serve me dharma. I eat enslaved animals (I iz too wikid). I welcome my enslaved demons to feed on my bad karma, fear, anxiety, illnesses, duckha etc. …
  • @person said: "...being dragged is the path". Why does that have to be so true? Most of us need to be baptised stream entrants to stop dragging our spiritual side stepping tootsies. Now that I bow to the Buddha in the river, there tends t…
  • @ktc2 said: Specifically, I recall the Buddha saying he was once a cliff face of rock in a past life. I always assumed this was intended as parable in the same manner Jesus used parables. Never heard her say that. Next we will be hear…
  • Here is one of a Jain strolling in heaven ...
  • Thanks everyone I feel we are getting to the heart mother of the Zen Cohen ... Yes contrary to expectation but also encompassing more than the binary petals of the complete flowering
    in Paradox Comment by lobster December 10
  • Tee Hee! Well said @nakazcid. We all experience adversity/suffering/dukkha/trumpy thinking ... but it is in our karmic ability lion/Buddha roaring to frighten the wool off the sheep.
  • When my mind (whatever she is) is clear as a gong, I know how to thunk ... https://www.uwosh.edu/facstaff/barnhill/244-intro/paradoxes-in-buddhism ... however clarity is star light and we are our Sun To put it another way: star dust has sw…
    in Paradox Comment by lobster December 10
  • The mind is like ... Science is on it ... very informative leading edge documentary https://www.cheninstitute.org/en/minds-wide-open/ @Fosdick said: The mind is a big ball of 100 billion interconnected neurons that need to be re-wired. …
  • It ain't necessarily so. One of the traits of Buddhist Dharma and bad mysticism is holding one viewpoint ... Holding opposing, contrary and even more than three viewpoints, can be beyond our capacity but not necessarily impossible ... This is…
    in Paradox Comment by lobster December 9
  • Our dukkha seems pretty real to us. Which is unreal. @SE25Wall said: ... just calling on and then staying with a modicum of awareness is often enough to move into calmer waters. i had spent a life time on "self improvement" befo…
  • Dear Satan šanta, i haz bin gö0dly ... 🦞
  • @Buddhadragon said: Some days we cope better than others... Some days we are the embodiment of equanimity and others, it's back to square one all over again Tee Hee. Snakes and ladders as @federica mentions ... Matthew 10:16 (include…
  • @Bunks said: Define mind? To me it is just bare awareness. What you're describing above are thoughts. ... thoughts are what we pay little mind to ... Bear awareness is just another thought ... but bare awareness is Mindfulness or Mind/Bu…
  • There is Dukkha? I am gonna build a sukkha ... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukha Wait wrong one ... I needs one of these Sukkahs ... wonder if Ikea does them ... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukkah What was the question again ...
  • What a lovely omen. Indeed. Amazingly noticing the mundane wonders, seems to unfold a further blooming. The magickal comes to be noticed. Why or how I don't know 🤷‍♀️ But it do. It is some kind of resonance or attunement ... 🌈💗🙏🏽🕊
  • Be true. Be kind.
  • @Vimalajāti said: Still, how beautiful can nothing be? Very. We open the fridge. A light goes on. Food has colours. The unusual event is noticed. The magic is always present ... Very.
  • Thanks @pegembara Relaxed mindfulness, regular attentive attention in our favoured posture eases into ... feeling 'extreme' well being. What did we think Buddhism is about? ... a good start/by product/temp inspiration ...
  • @Shoshin said: Is honesty always the best policy? Wise integrity is a best expression policy. One method of right speech is Noble Silence. However speech is only one component of honesty. Here are some others: * An honest or genuin…
  • Thanks for the crazywise documentary recommendation @Kerome will check that out ... Some great resources on their site https://crazywisefilm.com/resources/
  • @Buddhadragon your excellent recommendation reminded me of the documentary about Jiro ...
  • I guess I will lurk here in my basement for a few more days, and feel grateful that I still have a place to do so. We used to dream of a basement ...
  • And I'm STILL looking for a way I could have handled it more skillfully. @Shoshin said: Is honesty always the best policy? The best policy is speaking what can honestly be heard. In other words we have to be mindful of the …
  • i’m a bag of chips on my own We all are. Shoulder chips, chips without friendly fish, addictive life gambling chips, potato heading chips, mundane fries with everything and so on ... However, chip away the surface and ... @paulys…
  • Joss sticks for larger problems ...
  • Well said @Buddhadragon As a Mahayanist I would add metta to wisdom, morality and meditation. Love the free jewels and the treasure follows. Here is something for the Zeniths: “Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.” ― Meister…
  • Mindfulness bliss and beyond. By ajahn Brahm First four chapters here http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books11/Ajahn_Brahm-Mindfulness_Bliss_and_Beyond-Chapters1-4.pdf more texts: http://www.dhammatalks.net
  • An empty soap box, means the mouth has been right speech rinsed and ready to spit bubbles ... Wait it can be done au naturale ... I think I gone wrong again
  • @Fosdick said: The mind seems like a bit of smoke that can't quite be grasped - we seek it here, we seek it there, we monkeys seek it everywhere. Smoke grasping, cloud juggling, mist drifting and mud drowning ... As we sit and watch/…
  • Thanks for sharing this with us. 🤗🤗🙏🙏 Exactly so. Genuine unfoldings, jhana states, a touch of the dzogchen and a quick tap dance on the far shore is very important to confirm the genuine experiences people of a Buddhist inclination/pract…
  • The Mind is like............^..........^......................^......... More or less exactly so ... (slight edits) @Shoshin said: ( keep it short and sweet ) I duz my best ...
  • Thanks @kerome. Finding too many serious documentaries on some listings. Doom and gloom and politics. Yuck as the attached say Seen the Yogi vid and the Reece Witherspoon film.
  • With books, size matters: http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/comment/528356/#Comment_528356 ... and now back to the book list ...
  • Can you believe in God Certainly I can. My belief does not require existence. Here is how that works ... believe it or knot ... http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/24310/hallucination
  • Cool. Now what? A new hat perhaps? Wait ... that might be a cushion
  • Bravo @federica Black Friday - sell it! Good plan. Cheap at twice the price ... Black Buddha Friday. Give Away!
  • @Darren351 in Buddhism we are quite critical of ignorance and ignorant thinking. As you may have noticed ... However Buddhists and scientists are prone to non-critical thinking too. It leads to temporary silliness. However that is a discussion f…
  • @namarupa said: I think the best way to understand it is that it's similar to equanimity. So what is equanimity? A monk once told me that equanimity is kind of like "letting go without the stress" Tee Hee. Stressed out by equanimity? P…
  • Can one believe in God and still practice Buddhism? Hello You can believe in the flying speghetti monster if that floats your noodle ... https://www.venganza.org/about/ However you can practice with or with out god or gods as @Vimal…
  • Things arise and cease, but things are also empty, like foam on a river—and nonduality is being able to switch our gaze from one reality to the other. Useful quotes @Jason That is my experience. Non-duality is the river and our minds a…
  • So when I look at it that way, although preferences could not be clearly defined, the potential for preferences must still be lurking in the soup just waiting to be presented with options. That is my experience. The truly objective may …
  • @federica said: Do Senses make up a personality...? Does the choice of liking this, but not that, personify a person? I feel our senses influence our persona. Just as choices are personal to us. However I am really asking about Bei…
  • ... Practice, perseverance and patience, either people give up, or they disbelieve it. ... ... I'm not going back, thank you very much. The broad strokes of dharma, the efforts of practitioners work. Proven. For me too. Not…
  • Interesting study. Being independent of our biology, social programming and experience (karma) is quite a freedom. Child development is a credible alternative to bad karma from previous life developments, which has never convinced anybody but the…