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  • Is violence and its associated paraphenelia and entertainment potential acceptable? How about Eastern Martial Arts with their strict ethics and conduct training? The Buddha came from the ancient ruling/warrior class, practiced archery and …
  • I take refuge in the Buddha. I take refuge in the Dharma. I take refuge in the Sangha. http://www.viewonbuddhism.org/refuge.html I do, I do, I do ... ... normal service is now resumed ...
  • Can you guys be my sangha? Me too please. As a born-never-again Buddhist, I take all classes, upper, lower and middle with a pinch of saline solution. There is anger and innocents killed yesterday in Manchester. Working towards being a ce…
  • @dhammachick said: I will dedicate all my practise today to the wellbeing and comfort of all affected ☹☹ Ditto. Our practice to spread peace and well being so needed. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH
    in MANCHESTER Comment by lobster 1:59AM
  • Without depth, you might as well be a well infirmed atheist - oh that should have been 'informed' not 'infirmed' but I feel the Freudian slip is well placed ... http://www.atheistrepublic.com/forums/debate-room/what-worst-religion-why Many of us…
  • The problem is not AI but BS (biological stupidity). At the moment AI, robotics and the search for wet wear integration for the post augmented/mixed reality generation is a more intense ability to be human. That is increased capacity to know, learn,…
  • Oh there is humour in dharma. It is not uncommon for Buddhas to laugh their heads off. Which is why Buddha head statues are so common ... Here to help.
  • Working on the design for my new 'affiliation declaration' ... possible t-shirt ... Vote 4 Voldemort Affiliation is for sheep, wolves and the dharma 'my little pony' club. In other words tribal affiliation. We are in one sense all in sam…
  • Self destructive, self defeating or unhelpful behavour is self directed dukkha and ignorance. What happens to those around us? They do not have the benefit of a person moving towards freedom from this selfish behaviour. Not caring for ourselves, …
  • Tee Hee. Exactly so. Natural, gentle, courteous, kind speech is a base of normal social and psychologically balanced communication. No great skilfullness or attainment. Great story @grackle Right speech is that which draws out this natural…
  • Developing further mindfulness and concentration, and learning to meditate more effectively would be nice. Sounds like a useful plan. I feel @SpinyNorman advice was apt. There is a common theme in Buddhist formal practice (meditation is fo…
  • Have you all reached a point where you had to commit to a school or even a specific teacher and say, "this is where I get my stuff?" And learn mostly from books and teaching sessions thereafter? What you think of as a school and teacher may …
  • Thanks @grackle I feel some of us are starting to listen and appreciate this alternative perceptual stream. During meditation we start listening to our myriad/monkey selves. Our doubts, our noise and eventually our calm. It is that calm that can …
  • I am so hateful, I hate hate
  • @Todd0248 said: I'm like you no temple near me and I believe it is important to get some instruction also. Coming from a Christian background I think it takes time to understand the concepts OK ... as wikipedia has closed for the weekend …
  • Very interesting comments. With the current climate of polarisation, I like to keep my affiliations open. However on an official form I could presently best be described as 'Secular Jedhi' or 'Muggle'. Is 'Heathen' or 'Heretic' a religion? I am a…
  • Exactly @karasti We live increasingly in societies that seem love and attention starved. It is the capacity to give attention rather than demand it, that results in some of the 'spooky powers' of the Bodhisattva. https://www.theguardian.com/life…
  • Thanks @Shoshin I live in the diversity of religions that is London and can happily dissuade Jehovahs Witnesses by assurances I am 'a Satanist'. I am within easy reach of my closet which contains imaginary space for Buddhas, deceased rainbow bo…
  • The euphemism is the misuse of the word misspoke ... https://peskytruth.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/i-misspoke-and-other-lies/ I must be unmistaken
  • Part of our capacity is mis-hearing (similar to the euphemism used by politicians for lying) ... Mis-hearing, is listening out for what someone only minimally intended but is more fruitful to hear. In a similar way if skilful, we can mis-speak in…
  • Thanks @grackle Ah ... now we have a clue - 'Tantric Theravada' ... seem like heretics. I like them already https://infogalactic.com/info/Tantric_Theravada It seems these practices have been reserved for the elite ... or eradicated by th…
  • OK how about starting with a year or two of daily practice? Which technique? You choose.
  • @DhammaDragon said: So Gaudí left his trace in Waterloo Station and we never knew... How magical could that be, @lobster? Very. My sister goes on guided walks to visit Londons history, magic and buildings. I get there by serendip…
  • Very interesting. Sadly not translated into english? https://archive.org/details/yogavacarasmanu00unkngoog
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  • Thanks guys. I feel we are all on the path or perhaps the cycle of existence but some of us like to learn or accelerate our potential understanding/wisdom/unfolding. Those not engaged in a path still learn, even if it is nothing gainful/usef…
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  • The Buddha did not work in an office or for a living. Put the situation clearly in writing. Send it to all levels of management/colleagues/union/etc. you can, by memo or email. Do not accuse. State what is. Only Buddhist tip: Stay calm. Hop…
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  • Hello Why do you ask? If you are awake there is no question. If you are not ... back to practice. Come to think of it ... if you are awake practice is a good plan anyways ... Unfortunately traditionally, awakening is not always revealed or di…
  • Jnana path eh? So I suppose Bhagavad Gita as one classic reading and digesting is worth pursuing?
  • In time we develop discernment and the ability to go beyond personal dukkha, sangha fairy tales/superceded information and confusion ... Excellent answer from @Fosdick @newlotus said: I kinda very much disagree with that. Originally I wa…
  • Can anyone relate? Share any experiences? Sure. Dharma center politics, individual psychology and affiliations effect our practice. It does not matter if we are Royalists, Lama or Sangha Nazis, leftist hippies, Liberals, Anarchists, Hinay…
  • @SJDR21 What practice can't you do? What meditation can't you do? I take it you are studying now?
  • @Richdawson said: I have recently been considering making my own, since I don't current have one. Just the wood floor. The ones I see online seem fairly expensive as you mentioned. The biggest problem I have right now is that after about 40 min…
  • Well said @Shoshin This is the point. Compassion for dynamics, rather than blanket judgement. I also feel that @maarten stated well the kindness towards animals that underlies the more humane ideal. Life, The Middle Way and even food can be…
  • It is indulgent @SpinyNorman Tried the orange cushion. 😣 . Next will try the mauve ... We used to sit on a boulder, till we turned to stone ... You were lucky to have a boulder ... See Four Yorshiremen for details ...
  • @David said: At first it seems like it just makes things worse because it brings out all the flakes. Exactly so. People are crazed by their tribe being attacked. There is only one way for a Buddhist to think politically, one way to eat, …
    in Trump Comment by lobster May 14
  • Yes we have discussed this many times. Personally I find the vegan Jain-like option, if possible is the better option. In a similar way hard as it is to understand, compassion for wounded people who molest children (many who themselves have been …
  • Exactly so @DhammaDragon Who we put in our mouth is not others concern. Who we vote for is not others business. If we yodel to the Buddha and find peace and happiness, good luck. The plan in dharma is (Spoiler)
  • I was just watching the Australian entry to the European Song contest. Que? Looking forward to China's entry next year ... and the Borg Collective the year after ... Reality has been abandoned? I'm good with that ... https://www.buzzfeed.com/ja…
  • My father would not eat prawns (considered them sea insects) Insects as nutrition interests me. I consider it rather disrespectful to destroy the beauty of insects or fish, to make them more palatable/acceptable. Leave the head I say ... OM MANI…
  • Feel lucky I did not post the sexualised kitty eating t-shirt ...
  • I have come to realize that we are not the person on the outside we are on the inside. Can it be true? It is. Now you know. As @Will_Baker wisely suggests and dharma confirms and others mention we can change our minds That of course…
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  • Is this real mindfulness? I think so. Think again and yet again ... It is not 'mindful' to wander in delusional thought, whether our own, programmed or directed in a film. However we have a need for fantasy, music enjoyment, emotional…
  • Is this real mindfulness? I think so. Think again
  • Exactly so @Kerome I am not really popular with my family for taking candid rather than posed shots. I have learned that people are not interested in shades of their persona, only in perfect smiling selfie lie type photos ... However I would al…
  • Those interested in alternatives or as is happening currently, manipulating them, will ... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-democracy Most of need to get out of our information bubbles with discernment ...
    in Trump Comment by lobster May 13