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  • Same with me on sports and cable tv. I watch the college football season and that's all. But I like it so much! I have thought about watching games somewhere out with a sports bar tv but it's nice to be able to watch at home.
  • I like video games for a creative outlet and just pure self entertainment. Some people read novels or watch movies/tv shows. I have never had a problem with playing too much games. I like crpgs or arpgs. Some favorites are: Sacred 2, balder'…
  • @lobster or the ween version lol :
  • The Heart Sutra says that the five skhandas are non-self... So is there something other than the five skhandas? I think if you say no that is a bit nihilistic. I think a lot of times it is said not to grasp at views of what there is...
  • I like that federica. Give them caffeine to unleash their super skills!
  • Maybe more calmness comes from relaxing from looking for answers? So just sit and say can I just sit here? Can I do that without knowing answers? Which is not to say to just be a potato with no mind but just to relax and be present and see if y…
  • A calm mind is calm. A mind with no thought in it has no thought in it (oops that's a thought to recognize there is no thought). I think calm is intuitive to understand what it means. It's just a word describing a feeling. Calm. And no thought …
  • This quotation doesn't directly comment on Zazen form of meditation. Nonetheless: The purpose of meditation is to see the peaceful, compassionate, pure, and already free nature of mind. But please remember that at the same time, meditation do…
  • I think we generally like 'knowing'. Isn't it said somewhere that suffering is caused by not knowing the nature of how reality is? I think in tantra there is 'knowing' as a basic energy and it has varying levels of distortion or corruption or wh…
  • As a river rushes to the sea, As the sun and moon glide across the mountains of the west, As days and nights, hours and moments flee, Life flows away, inexorably. ~ Guru Rinpoche
  • I would say they (mind and form) interpenetrate. Not one without the other. Not contradicting the oil and water idea though. They are distinct from each there but they interpenetrate.
  • Rumor has it the answer to the meaning of life is 42!
  • Either. My teacher says that open she prefers because then you transition to standing and walking and your regular day more naturally or easily.
  • What kind of progress are you hoping for? Maybe reflect and be aware of what you hope for as progress? And you can contemplate that for a time. and then the sitting meditation is for stopping and seeing how that (stopping and just being) is. …
  • So basically asking where are we progressing? And how do we know if we are going in the right direction? And how to know 'insight' from 'chatter'?
  • Good question. I am not sure but I would say if we produce some views on calmness and meditation nonetheless we shouldn't attach to views. I don't think meditation is an analysis space. But when you meditate regularly the mind from the beginning …
  • I think when you are awake what you see is something your brain "composed" from sense data and thought neurons. So vision we only see some wavelengths of light that our sense organs can "see". In sleep the brain can also "compose" things with th…
  • It says in scripture that the Buddha (or anyone us too) is neither the body nor NOT the body. Nor owns the body. Nor is contained in the body. Same with the 4 mental skhandas. Each skhanda four negations so a total of 20 negations.
  • I am reading a basic Psychology textbook that I got for 1 dollar at Goodwill! Also reading Napoleon's Buttons which is about key chemistry in world history. And 'on deck' is Soonish by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith about ten emerging technologies by …
  • Part of Milarepa's key instructions to Megon Repa ‘I have realized the unborn reality. If you've not realized the unborn reality, Then you must maintain concern for karma, cause and effect. I've understood samsara and nirvana are not two. …
  • And suffering has to do with 'grasping' or 'clinging'... NOT simply enjoyment, but rather 'grasping'. So what is grasping? I can't explain that to you because it is something that people do the meditation to explore their own mind. To be hones…
  • There is no fixed time frame for coming to truly recognize the faulty nature of any given affliction. Sometimes it might take five or ten years just to arrive at a real awareness of their faulty nature. But in reality, the recognition itself can hap…
  • 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…
  • @federica sorry about the article fading out. Here is a full passage from Thich Nhat Hanh instead: "I have been looking for you, my child, Since the time when rivers and mountains still lay in obscurity. I was looking for you when you were stil…
  • Well I believe Buddha said he taught the cessation of suffering. So that's what we are looking for. If some words are hard to translate even so we know what we are looking for from the words that are speaking to us and talking to us about sufferin…
  • @person it's a hypothetical but of enough importance to be the third law of thermodynamics. The reason it is important is that in theory there could be a 'zero' point to entropy (entropy is S). That is in contrast to enthalpy (enthalpy is H) whe…
  • In science entropy (disorder) is related to the number of ways in which energy is expressed in a system. From a scientific perspective there could be zero entropy in a system that has zero temperature (no vibration etc) and ordered as a crystal o…
  • On the positive silver lining side to the tension in games my therapist said that he had heard and TED talk (and maybe some patients) who used video games to help with anxiety. The idea is that a video DOES give some tension/stress but for some peo…
  • I've also read that some people with some degree of enlightenment, whatever that means, do have off days. Just matter of fact. That is a separate issue from if you should claim enlightenment or boddhisattva or whatever. What I am saying is that e…
  • I do but moreso when eating out and it's to do with eating pleasure and socializing while enjoying. I will have one beer or glass of wine. I used to drink quite a bit and now I am in a good place. For about a year I was buying one bottle of beer …
  • @mindatrisk, I don't think it's necessarily totally connected. But it it does describe instructions to get in the desired state of mind in meditation. Some times it is tough sledding to get in the zone and what I quoted described that like a stagn…
  • DÜDJOM RINPOCHE MEDITATION Since everything originates in the mind, this being the root cause of all experience, whether good or bad, it is first of all necessary to work with your own mind, not to let it stray and lose yourself in its wan…
  • I wonder if the sitting on top of a cobra relates to being aware of relying on factors which are subject to impermanence/death. As a cobra could be a symbol of death. Those are just thoughts that occur to me. I don't know what the cobra symbolize…
  • I'm reading Napolean's Buttons which is a look at chemistry in world history. It is not the history of chemistry rather it is some chemistry that affected history. For example the story of explosives in history which were used both in warfare and …
  • Yeah I'm not sure SpinyNorman. Sanskrit is on here and i think it is a dead language at least in similar to latin as only a scholarly language. Probably the chart just overlooked some languages but it does have many.
  • @federica welsh, scottish, cornish, breton is below the slavic languages and albanian. edit: not scottish
  • Yes that helps. It says in your link that Pali is an Indo-aryan language so it is in one of the branches on the graphic but just it is not shown in the chart. Latin isn't shown in the chart either.
  • The other ones are thinking "is everyone looking at my man bun"?
  • And good karma I imagine some games I play lately. Like some games you can negotiate with enemies rather than just all 'mowing down the grass' of enemies. And of course you know that your computer is not suffering or the ones and zeros in the comp…
  • Yeah karasti or you have a song that is so meaningful in a moment and you want to share it with people. But the 'set up' for the song occurred over time for a person and another might not hear the same 'magic' that is so wonderful or profound or wh…
  • Is sentient same as conscious?
  • It depends. I don't posit a theory of a deity. But I don't posit the non-existence either. On the other hand I don't believe political elections are predetermined and that the rapture is coming so I guess I don't have those thoughts in common a…
  • Just reading half of the original post for me sometimes I perceive signals of 'stop'... This fits with peaceful philosophy of stop, calm, rest, heal of TNH who is a kind of a zen buddhist thich chant hanh Analyzing that I would say that if jus…
  • @SpinyNorman said: @federica said: I don't see it as such..... It implies that Theravada is "basic" and Mahayana/Vajrayana is "advanced" and therefore superior. I have heard this kind of view expressed many times, al…