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  • I think in Buddhism the truth is beyond all or any views.
  • I think think the Buddha is quoted saying "there is nobody in the universe more deserving of your compassion than yourself". I seem to remember reading that. I'm not sure what writing or oral tradition to writing it is from but it is quoted someti…
  • Growing up I thought of it as something that was seeking beyond either materialism or sensuality.
  • Also to learn and practice the dharma you could do it with the intention that the dharma is medicine and we are sick with 'samsara' or the suffering that is mentioned in the Four Noble Truths. To learn the dharma you can do it with the intention …
  • You might be able to find some dharma talks on youtube. Or even online courses or look if there are local sangha in your area.
  • I watch sports and it is truly the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. It is interesting as a Buddhist to just watch how my mind reacts.
  • Hi Tsultrim and welcome. By mental cycling do you mean thoughts that are distracting and just take up your time? I have that in meditation of course where I realize I am thinking about something and I note that and then it happens again and again …
  • I will add to my post above because it could easily be mistaken. "Leisure" (see my post) is not free time from work and family etc. rather in the text it means freedom from eight specific negative conditions: hell being, hungry ghost, animal realm,…
  • According to the second chapter of the Jewel Ornament of Liberation three mental qualities and two physical are needed to practice dharma to completion. The mental are trust, longing, and clarity. The physical are leisure and endowment. The tex…
  • I think different things could be meant by hope. It could be a passing feeling that is not any kind of problem in and of itself. Or it could be a standard of how you want things to be and later you might say "I didn't get what I had hoped for". A…
  • "Undharmarelated" but when I was in school I had a homework problem in thermodynamics that I couldn't solve and went to bed and in my sleep I was still working on the problem.
    in Dhamma dreams Comment by Jeffrey April 8
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Nidānas from the link above: The Twelve Nidānas (Pali: dvādasanidānāni, Sanskrit: dvādaśanidānāni, from dvāvaśa ("twelve") + nidānāni (plural of "nidāna", "cause, motivation, link")) is a doctrine of Buddhism…
  • Most of us could only see a nirmanakaya manifestation of a Buddha. A bodhisattva could see the enjoyment body of Buddha or as it is called samboghakaya.
  • I like to walk alone on country paths, rice plants and wild grasses on both sides, putting each foot down on the earth in mindfulness, knowing that I walk on the wondrous earth. In such moments, existence is a miraculous and mysterious reality. Peop…
  • What would "experience" be like if you only had raw sense data and zero mental interpretations?
  • in Funny Stuff Comment by Jeffrey March 23
  • I would say mindfulness could be experimenting with allowing and experimenting with curbing. See how each is effective or not. At the same time you could reflect (or read others reflections) on same question.
  • Cool I think I might try lavender and mint. I like teas already. I've grown mint before as an ingredient for home made beer though I don't make home-brew anymore.
  • Today's creation with no carbs: 1 cup light sour cream 1 cup whole milk ricotta 1 cup crumbled feta 3 tsp dried dill weed Mix and have on crackers etc. Not terribly healthy but is pretty tasty.
  • Most everything we 'see' is our thought or a sense impression. Is there something else? Couldn't we have bare attention of whatever is there? in seeing there is seeing in feeling there is feeling in thoughts there are thoughts
  • I've read that guilt is backwards looking. Trying to change something that is already past. Remorse is forward looking in that you resolve not to do the things you screwed up in the past. Remorse is positive and something you can rejoice in its p…
    in Guilt Comment by Jeffrey March 18
  • Where I am from marijuana can put you in jail and thus is nothing I would consider. I did have some experiences with it in high school but quit in college because I didn't want to be smoking it years from then when I had a career and family. (so w…
  • And the observer arises dependently on the objects which might be thoughts or otherwise. In other words a moment of observer there must also be a moment of the observed which could be senses or a contact with the mental aspect. At least from a poi…
  • @karasti I think that it can be quite subtle what is understood as the mind in these traditions. For my tradition there is the belief in the Buddha nature. But also let go of attaching to constructs of mind which are impermanent... And the suffe…
  • My teacher Shenpen Hookham wrote a book called 'there is more to dying than death'. I haven't read it yet. I think it might make a difference what you are practicing in life before death so if you have done a lot of meditations to prepare for deat…
  • This article talks about the practice of 'pure view' (explained in the article slightly) as a practice meanwhile others around you are screwing up. So it explains how to have that type of view or practice in a world of people screwing up. It doe…
  • @person but if you look inside why you want your own benefit and well being what is hidden inside that? Why do you want to feel good and benefit? Is it merely compulsion?
  • Is it a 'clock' if you see a clock in a lucid dream?
  • “But he learned more from the river than Vasudeva could teach him. He learned from it continually. Above all, he learned from it how to listen with a still heart, with a waiting open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without o…
  • Here is a good plan: https://selfdefinition.org/zen/Garland-Sutra-Avatamsaka-Sutra.pdf
  • First an analogy of a field. A seed has the potential. If there is no seeds no matter how much water and fertilizer there would be no result. There is the seed but without applying the method there is no result. Just the seed without applying th…
  • I think this fits in with catalog consciousness: https://theconversation.com/mcmindfulness-buddhism-as-sold-to-you-by-neoliberals-88338?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton
  • I usually do 10 minute sessions so not much discomfort for those. Posture is something I check in with initially like noticing the feeling of the floor. I do meditation alone at home so I am used to small movements or sounds that I probably woul…
  • @1448 no they are plastic flowers. Sometimes real flowers added for a time but I'm not sure what time of year for this photo. It's a little different right now but I like this one for the candles. It was actually a power outage from a storm when …
  • I think one thing I think looking back on my time in graduate school with a mental illness developed in school was that I think I didn't realize that I had time. I could take a week or even a year off and try to get healthy. For being healthier …
  • The way I've heard it is that Buddhanature is not exactly understood with our assumptions of time. edit: in other words if we try to think of it with our concept of time we end up with funny ideas like 'buddhanature' is like a backpack of karma o…
  • We can come to understand karma or in other words what makes us happy and unhappy. That's one thing. And then we can see things are impermanent to help with attachment. And we can see how all other beings are suffering and help them out when…
  • @JaySon I think so long as you can study and have instruction (enough) you don't have to go to a monastery. I think historically many people in monasteries had to labor for a lot of the time anyhow. So if you have the interest, and the teachings, …
  • Based on understanding impermanence my plan is for today and the very next step. Though it would be nice to read all of the books I've bought about Buddhism and some in most particular. In particular I'd like to review the Jewel Ornament of Libera…
  • Yeah something like that but not just limited to relationships between senses and brain in the body. And more broadly thinking how all and any thoughts are connected to anything in the objective or material world. So more broad than just a pain in…
  • I think it's an interesting question at least what I am thinking of. And what I am thinking of is the question of how my subjective knowing meets with objective knowing. The ever popular tree in a forest question. How does my subjective knowing e…
  • There is no such thing as 'sweet' because 'sweet' must be composite?