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  • 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?
  • I read an account of how 'witches' in history might have actually believed that they went on flying trips on their magical brooms. And the book which was an entertaining account of chemistry in history told of how maybe some of their witches brew h…
  • The "I" is examined and not destroyed. "I" isn't here and never was. We just don't realize. Or maybe it is here but we don't understand. So where is the "I"? Body?
  • Also suffering ends at arhatship but Mahayanists believe that there are still 'knowledge veils'. The 'kleshas veils' are done at arhatship which kleshas are stains or 'suffering'. So then the path goes onwards from peace to become a complete Buddh…
  • I don't think tantra is made out as the only and it isn't made out as a guarantee either. Tantra is actually difficult to define according to my teacher.
  • Thanks @federica
  • I'm glad you like those ideas and actually it took quite some time for things to start making more sense that I see from videos and things in my sangha. I think my health in general is better and I have more stamina to read all kinds of things not …
  • And cittamatra can be translated as mind only. And I also find that a bit odd to think the world is all thoughts. But it is the cittamatra and not the skhandamatra. Citta is something different from the skhandas. Actually my therapist who is not…
  • Here's something that echoes my thoughts that all sorts of teachings are worth having in the world: All of the various types of teachings and spiritual paths are related to the different capacities of understanding that different individuals h…
  • @person I don't think I've heard my teacher mention yogacara. But she has mentioned cittamatra.
  • @person: I'm not sure if Kagyu and Nyingma are homogenous and there could be different views in practitioners or sanghas. The 'hybrid' you refer to is the probably Shentong view and my teacher was taught in that view by her teacher and she is from …
  • Yogacara is also based on Madhyamaka and Nagarjuna too. Or probably should say (rather than yogacara) that Kagyu and Nyingma are based on Madhyamaka and Nagarjuna. But there is some difference between those two and Gelug view which is what I belie…
  • I wouldn't doubt you can gain weight even whole foods diet if you eat enough food. Ah never mind I will make my own discoveries. Too cumbersome to discuss all of this here.
  • I think ignorance in Buddhism refers to a specific type of ignorance. So not knowing what is inside someone's pocket is not the type of ignorance Buddhism refers to. Or not knowing how many ants are in a square mile or something like that. Not …
  • @karasti do you remember if they distinguished between what types of carbs make saturated fat worse? And amount of carbs? Glycemic index is how fast a carb goes into sugar in your system. Glycemic load is how much sugar goes in blood. So a carro…
  • Federica I was just wanting a clarification between two different things. 1) Cholesterol consumption is bad. or 2) blood labs are not risk factors or exaggerated. So I still don't understand and need clarification. I agree that intake of chole…
  • @federica I wasn't sure if you were saying that eating cholesterol has been found to be safe or if you meant that blood levels of cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides, and LDL/HDL are unimportant. I would agree with the former (eating cholesterol not ba…
  • Regarding genes what I have read is not to get discouraged "it doesn't matter what I eat only my genes". That's kind of nihilistic in a sense in that what you do doesn't matter. I take the view that if I have genes (nature) of cholesterol that j…
  • @karasti regarding eggs I think they found eating cholesterol (found in eggs) isn't bad to consume just saturated fat* in general is. There is saturated fat in egg yolks but not whites and probably relatively little in yolks compared to very fatty …
  • Yeah I agree to be present in thinking and to enjoy your experience like mindfully.
  • I think it's interesting how we in meditation look for a thought (or the breath) and are 'in the present' and so forth. And can reach the end analysis that we should be in the 'now'. Like Eckerd Tolle the book about being in the now. But if we …
  • How does LCHF diet affect cholesterol (total, LDL, or LDL/HDL) levels? Any anecdotes or reports of studies? I agree processed and simple carbs or sugars are not good and that onslaught of sugar spikes in blood is not good (glycemic index and load)…
  • @David I think I remember reading a few times in a book on Emptiness, my teacher uses, them mentioning absolute truth. However I cannot right now remember what the given definition of what 'absolute' means in that particular book. I know that it w…
  • @David yes the Mahayana does apply emptiness to all phenomena. My teacher says that if you go deep in shravaka view which is like anatta that can take you to enlightenment as a practice. But the Mahayana did have more schools historically. And no…
  • Desire and attachment will not change overnight, but desire becomes less ordinary as we redirect our worldly yearning toward the aspiration to become enlightened for the benefit of others. At the same time, we don’t abandon the ordinary objects of o…
  • I think most will agree that there are different qualities of carbs. Like processed all purpose flour is not the same as fresh fruits and vegetables. And likewise there are different varieties of fats: saturated, trans, mono unsaturated, and poly …
  • Inconceivable! and welcome
  • Tibetan Buddhism calls them Nyams. So if you look on the internet you could look under that name should you want to see what TB sources say. They are like 'experiences' but not the same thing as realization of nature of reality. I think it is…
  • We are most sensitive to sounds that are similar to human voice in pitch. We are only sensitive to a small range of the spectrum of light (electromagnetic radiation). And our eyes have only 3 types of cones for color vision each sensitive to one w…
  • Gorm sounds like a god of the dwarves or something in a fantasy roleplaying universe. (to me)
  • Go beyond all views which views are skhandas and non-self and rest in metta
  • You should probably ask the person or people who gave or use the same meditation method you use. Is that possible? edit: and probably with time it will become clearer as your true nature is present. Aware and clear and energetic and so forth. …
  • If anyone here ever was a aol chat Buddhist denizen one of the leaders ghanabhuti used to explain the technique of 'one breath' meditation.
  • Sometimes when my meditation is dull/boring I spend more time reading and shorten meditation sessions. Hopefully the reading inspires me.
  • Thanks for the recommendations. Looks like two for Avast and one for AVG so far. One for Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • When overly excited reflect on how many times you wasted the energy in endless meaningless waves of samsara. And at this time you have a choice what to pay attention to.
    in Moody Blues Comment by Jeffrey January 8
  • Do the Buddhist practice (priority) that intuitively feels right to you. It might change from time to time so be open. If you are looking for a particular needle (in a presumable hay stack) you might first learn what area it is in. Then what …
  • @lobster I use the Windows7 to play video games that don't run well with WINE (not the beverage ). Some games need DirectX to run well (or at all). I also use MacOS (partition) to do things other than video games.
  • “Life is short and the time of death is uncertain; so apply yourself to meditation. Avoid doing evil, and acquire merit, to the best of your ability, even at the cost of life itself. In short: Act so that you have no cause to be ashamed of yourselve…
  • @karasti I've seen video games forums with a chatroom feature. board o' games forum I think at sorcerer's place. That would be cool though I'm sure it's a nightmare to add the code for that. And the nightmare that keeps on giving to moderate a ch…
  • Morning Poem: Coffee, coffee, coffee Everyone shut up coffee
    in Funny Stuff Comment by Jeffrey January 4
  • You could say the Buddha taught the end of suffering and not a philosophy right? Didn't Buddha talk about 'taking views'? Could you say it is a philosophy if it is specified that it's not about views? I'm thinking of a particular Pali Canon sutra…