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  • We can choose to take refuge in the brilliant sanity of enlightenment, the Buddha; trust the process of the path, the Dharma; and rely on the experience of those who guide us along the path, the Sangha. —Lama Tsony
  • @federica said: Daft as it may sound, I think we should all make certain that if something happens to us, we would have a close friend or relative who could access the site and inform members of the incident. There are too many past members w…
  • I had an interesting weekend (sarcasm font) though I'm not sure if it is fitting in this threads category. All and all it was a success in terms of keeping in this world but a test of refuge and mindfulness. I had a problem eating dinner with my D…
  • What is the 'three characteristics'? Did I miss seeing it?
  • The greater the practitioner becomes, The smaller their eight worldly concerns will be. ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche The Eight Worldly Concerns: Attachment to gain, pleasure, praise, and fame. Aversion to loss, pain, blame, and bad reputation…
  • I tried vegan ice cream this summer just to try it and thought it was great.
  • I have read that study (could be philosophy) and contemplation without meditation is like being able to see but having no legs to go anywhere. Meditation without study (philosophy) and contemplation is like having legs but no vision to see.
  • I have experienced confusion trying to sort out what is my mental illness symptoms and what is something to do with 'awakening' or 'enlightenment'. One thing I learned is that the mind is by nature creative but that I can choose what I pay attent…
  • I read the Tao te Ching in highschool and found it very interesting and moving. Later I wrote a 5 page paper about Zen Buddhism and really got into doing a good job because I had just had a B minus on a paper about Krishna in Art History East/West.…
    in Impact! Comment by Jeffrey August 20
  • Back to the question about if Buddha is a god I think one difference is that I think most everyone agrees anybody can follow the path and become an arhat by learning what Buddhist taught and then the Mahayana believes anyone can become a Buddha. I …
  • For games I have found a strategy to indulge that is beneficial. Before I play game I have a long list of things to do. Not so many things that there is literally never time but enough things that a significant is accomplished. So first: read 20 …
  • They open doorways that I thought were shut for good They read me Gurdjieff and Jesu They build up my body, break me emotionally It's nearly killing me, but what a lovely feeling! I love the whirling of the dervishes I love the beauty…
  • Projecting out into the future I can imagine a world where non sentient robots eliminate all sentient life and the objective world doesn't simply cease to be, but the robots continue to replicate and proliferate in a meaningless, dead world. …
  • @person, I think even our world of the senses is created by our brain based on the sense data. I think my psychology introduction text I found somewhere corroborate that. Also can explain things like optical illusions of certain arrangements pulsi…
  • I'm not personally experience this but I have read that the 1st Bhumi of 10 in the Bodhisattva path is characterized by Great Joy due to being able to help sentient beings and being closer to enlightenment. And I have heard that joy is to do with S…
    in 3 Kayas Comment by Jeffrey August 11
  • But also everything can teach wisdom awareness. Ordinary things are categorized into mundane wisdom awareness. Dharma teachings are categorized as beyond mundane. And why are they considered beyond mundane? And are the mundane things just to be …
  • It does make you wonder though. The Buddha had a strong view on how one should spend ones time — not on the imponderables for instance, more on practice in this lifetime — but then there is this whole cosmology, which cannot be seen or independently…
  • Many Buddhists believe in multiple universes but it is unclear if this is the 'real' universe because down the worm hole or rabbit hole of these beliefs taken to our culture some different ideas are introduced or questioned or whatever about what 'r…
  • Among Tibetans there is a saying that a person who thinks he is better or above others because he is wiser, more capable, more knowledgeable or learned is like someone sitting on the highest peak of the highest mountain. And what is it like on the p…
  • A king's robe or an old blanket can keep you warm. A gold throne or the bare ground can be your seat. A grand palace or a mud hut can be your shelter. A jewelled plate or a wooden pot can hold your food. The external world does not destr…
  • I have recently read this Buddhist website. This article seemed reassuring and inspiring about the Buddha and overcoming fear. https://buddhaweekly.com/overcoming-fear-three-remedies-fear-buddha-say-fearlessness-abhaya-sutta/ Excerpt: “Bu…
  • Wow this is interesting to read again 5 years later!
  • Hi I only had a habit smoking pipe tobacco in a pipe but I was addicted as I smoked many times a day. I started because I had trouble dealing with side effects of medication and hearing voices. So it was kind of helping me to get through the day w…
  • Never underestimate the long-term consequences of your actions. For as long as the mind has the obscurration of grasping at an inherently existing “me”, then there will be karma. No matter how far on the path one is, no matter how realised one is, n…
  • On topic of paramita of generosity one gives what is desired by that being. However you shouldn't give things that harm them. For example don't give food and drink to gluttons. Also as they are disadvantaged I think they should be given things th…
  • I thought perhaps this 'Buddhism Connect' would be interesting to spencerstone. Buddhism Connect is a public e-mailing you can subscribe to of Lama Shenpen answering some of her students questions by e-mail. The topic anyhow is 'awareness'... …
  • I think I've read some articles online from time to time. But I thought about and considered the articles rather than the magazine that they are in.
  • Animals suffer by being used (like people), slaughtered, and eaten by one another. Wild animals die for pearls, wool, bone, meat, and skin. Ocean animals eat whatever they can get in their mouths including each other. Also in addition to those su…
  • ScottPen human is thought as special because there is enough intelligence to study the dharma unlike animals. Or even if not somewhere where the dharma exists humans can reason what is virtuous/wise at a greater degree than bears or dogs. On the o…
  • Regardless of if we call it a self we do have a faculty of awareness that can recognize suffering. There is a faculty of intelligence and other faculties. We can recognize intoxicants as such and we can sit with craving just a moment more if we ch…
  • 1 Taking Life a) Classification of Taking Life. (I skip this) b) Three Results of Taking Life. There are three results of taking life: the result of the maturation of the act, the result similar to the cause, and the general result of the forc…
  • NB1100 there are some of these things in the JOoL (jewel ornament of liberation) which is a text about the Tibetan Mahayana. The point of the chapter that contains these is that attachment to pleasure is not wise because whenever pleasure there als…
  • in Funny Stuff Comment by Jeffrey June 30
  • In the Mahayana the question of 'this life' compared to 'after this life' is in the context of the prajnaparamita teachings like the Heart Sutra and diamond sutra where this life is empty anyhow so the next life is empty too. So it makes it a diffe…
  • but a good rebirth in a God realm is not really a good rebirth, so how to make sure that if we do lots of good karma, then we can get rebirth as a human being and not as a God. Any specific teaching in this regard in any tradition of Buddhism, pleas…
  • Being attached to pleasure or being special is more a desire realm God thing. And then there are God realms outside of the desire realm ( in the form or formless) that being attached to meditative concentration could bring about. But the greates…
  • Here is an article: https://www.lionsroar.com/how-to-practice-tonglen/?utm_content=buffer55ab3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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    in Cults Comment by Jeffrey June 29
  • Me and my girlfriend do pub trivia. Really enjoy it. And I understand the great thrill of getting a question right that no other team does to launch your score ahead.
  • I wonder if sometimes later people quote somebody and then some people don't realize they were using someone else quotation with the result that it gets attributed to a second person in error.
  • "For Evil to Triumph, it is sufficient that Good men do nothing." I would have guessed Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, or Captain Picard!
  • Germany definitely had a lot of quality chances against S Korea. Surprised they lost but suspenseful.
  • Exciting Argentina v Nigeria!
  • Bunks, I was watching the Iran and Portugal game and it sounded like the crowd were making noise with something like kazoos?
  • What makes the buzzing sound in the crowd? Doesn’t sound like voices cheering?