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  • St George killed endangered species? What sort of Norbert Saint is that?
  • @techie said: Less judging, more understanding. What we need is humility, not the arrogance of a self-righteous mind. This too is Buddhism. I'll join Who is the judge in Dharma? Me. Which can be a little humbling. Ho…
  • Hello Insighttimer.com is very positive, inspiring and free with guided meditations https://insighttimer.com/spikegillespie/guided-meditations/sit-stay-heal-how-meditation-changed-my-mind-grew-my-heart-and-saved-my-ass-preface Here is somet…
  • Beautiful @Fosdick. Looks like a juvenile? Thanks for sharing.
  • Many thaks everyone, As part of my 'right listening' Right Speech, I am looking for news sources offering me a different bubble. I removed the BBC News app - yep it had no ads but was very partial to pseudo independence. Lately tried the Apple Ne…
  • @WonderingWanderer said: I am also interested in how Buddhist teachings apply to current issues. Hello. Welcome. Do you have access to the Interweb? Any 'current issues' in particular? https://engageddharma.com/2016/05/16/buddhism-and-a…
  • @federica said: "Lo' We are in the Buddha's hands; The freer we become, the more fettered fast we are...." Indeed. However .... [great 'esoteric' secret about to be revealed - look away now if not on an esoteric path) ... However …
  • The science bit http://www.sciencealert.com/what-science-says-about-getting-the-most-out-of-your-tea
  • @techie said: But is chattering really a bad thing? Yes
  • @ollaimh said: anyway i personally am tied of being told you can't ask questions by buddhists. of course i used to be a trial lawyer--so i was used to asking detailed and difficult questions. I have an easy question for you. Will you…
  • Maintain the state of undistractedness, and distractions will fly away. Dwell alone, and you shall find the Friend. Take the lowest place, and you shall reach the highest. Hasten slowly, and you shall soon arrive. Renounce all worldly goals, and you…
  • @TheEccentric said: I'm 18 today. Finally legally old enough to violate the 5th precept Happy Birthday.
  • Tee hee! Words are what we use here but ... Giggerish (a form of intentional gibberish) gets beyond the conscious mind, as do stories, pictures, poetry ... Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult stil…
  • @Dakini you iz wer-bunny? Ay caramba. The undead and now this ... Thank Jesus it is over ...
  • Agreed @Kerome well said. Bodhisattvas have hope. Buddhas are hopeless? In a sense once persuaded by his inner beings that transmission of Dharma was possible, the Buddha moved from Nihilism (job done - die and dissolve) to the higher stage of…
  • Well said @karasti. It is not what we say but how it is heard. In a sense we are mirrors or shards of the whole reflection. It is why the surprising/beginner or wrong speech can give us understanding of a more skilful way. Everyone has a part to …
  • I don't like pain of any description And yet you do quite extreme running . . . One of the most extraordinary behavour patterns is how we cling to our pain/dukkha, our Buddhas, our sardine tin collection our egoic affiliations etc. …
    in Pain, ego Comment by lobster April 21
  • @Fosdick said: Freedom is a relative concept, a conditioned state. Freedom from what? Freedom to do what? Good questions. I could try answering them but would prefer to hear others answers ... Freedom from the law of cause and ef…
  • Abandon Hope? Aye caramba - Buddhists and Lobsters first ... I like the term nontheism and would make it more active in dharma and other mousetraps as untheism. All gnostic/knowing interpretations of religion, including Buddhism talk abou…
  • @Kerome said: ... the farther shore ... Further shore? Ay caramba . . . Nasreddin sat on a river bank when someone shouted to him from the opposite side: 'Hey! how do I get across?' 'You are across!' Nasreddin shouted back. https:…
  • “Laws as such do not make people better,” said Mulla Nasrudin to the King; “they must practice certain things, in order to become attuned to inner truth. This form of truth resembles apparent truth only slightly.” The King decided that he could, an…
  • @Kerome said: That is truly imbibing the Buddha. The Body of Buddha/Christ/Cod Amen (A Catholic joke) In a sense ... we are starving, we need a crutch, a begging bowl, a homeless way. One day we look in the Buddha's bowl. Just scrap…
  • “A path is made by walking on it.” ― Zhuangzi ... assuming we are heading anywhere beyond death of course ... Like many here. No need for gods, Gods or even self (though that is a presence of sorts). However our cousins may do ... and may use…
  • @Refugee said: That hole, that yearning, is still there. Lately, though, I've wondered whether it's a yearning for God -- whatever that is -- or whether it's a yearning for an identifiable self. Tee Hee! I am continually told 'Cod is w…
  • @DhammaDragon said: But I have found more strength in my own resilience than in the comfort of fairy tales. Tee Hee! More strength in yang than yin ha? If you long to be purified, you will be. If you want to be burnt to ashes, you wil…
  • We were given three sample bottled cold teas. Very nice, small amount of cane sugar but water is sweet anyway ... Gonna make a jug of tea later to cool. What? Maybe just green and zest ... or fresh ginger root peelings ...
  • Yesterday caught this Little Egrets head dart to the left, a flash of silver and breakfast fish swallowed ...
  • @ollaimh ... as well as listening and reporting/sharing/discussing concerns we can also address as part of right speech, our tendencies. For example I am overly critical of even the Buddha, Boddhisattva but mostly myself. So a slightly suspect …
  • The other day we were stopped by someone inviting us to her local church - just opening. I explained without taking a leaflet that I was a Buddhist and my companion an atheist. Without any dissapointment she thanked us and carried on, as did we. Fin…
  • Outstanding @Shoshin. My thoughts are very simple. Dharma is self evident and obvious. My daily life is dharma and its failure and success. Normally I am not so perfect but the right direction/way is always preferred . . . Many thanks
  • Thanks gals, Buddha bunnies and chocs. Dead gods, coming back to life ... Have a great time. Happy Easter.
  • Well said @Ficus_religiosa we are not required to be baldies (unless we are folically challenged). We do not have to dress in zen black, without make up and perfume as if in the presence of a holy monk. I was recently in a dilemma. I wanted to cu…
  • @ajhayes said: I have 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning, then it's tea and water for the rest of the day. The coffee snaps me out of the fog of my meds and the actions of baby twins all night. I have been brewing a large pot of …
    in Coffee ??? Comment by lobster April 14
  • Here is something about right listening ... https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/family-dharma-right-speech-reconsidered/ You will perhaps recognise in yourself or others how many of us are stuck in teenage or younger listening modalities. Is this…
  • Popped into my local Buddhist temple. Major building work was noisy but briefly saw a woodpecker ... Hope this holy, impermanent wooden-top in the graveyard is safe. Arms already gone ...
  • One of the earliest authentic texts I favour is designed for rhino. This advocates compassion for the individual practitioner initially ... Here is the dharma history - many lost/assimulated bits ... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_Buddh…
  • @Omar067 said: When have I ever came on this site and tried troll or disrespect buddhism? Never. However the karma of asking this sort of question is to be provided with an answer . . . So, are thoughts just motivation, or can t…
  • @spiderlily said: Oh no no, there's nothing medical about this. It's just a beauty treatment using 'intense pulsing light' that removes hair from the body eg. leg hair, underarm hair, hair in the nether region etc. I have been practicing …
  • Or do I need to revise my technique? Can you return to the breath awareness when lying down as @Bunks suggested? When not practicing formally? Have you learned meditation from a Theravada perspective? We have an ordained monk (is it "Jaya…
  • Loads of useful links available @mosquito http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/programs/online-courses/
  • Has anybody experienced anything similar? It was freaky.... Freaky? Every sitting! There seems to be some freak meditating! Oh wait ... that is me ... I would recommend feeling happy and content for 9 minutes and upping your medit…
  • Can you 'concentrate' on the wandering mind but not tightly? What part of the breath have you held in mind lightly? The technique has been changed for you. Now where else can you focus? Try: * Bringing the attention to a different part o…
  • One of our regular dakinis @DhammaDragon has a 'relationships' forum with https://insighttimer.com Good place for relationship advice Meanwhile ... One of the great women Sufi Bodhisattva/saints (sorry could not find who) would attend to her…
  • As we know, Noble Silence (turning the other cheek) is the way to overcome the petty squabbles in our mind, Sangha, or other attempts at following the Right Way. Perhaps it is whether we follow our precepts, Son of God, Last Prophet, Dalai Trump …