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  • 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…
  • The thing I don't understand is what does a Buddhist do analogous to a Christian? So a Christian tells God that they know they sinned for various and particular sins and are sorry. Seems a Buddhist the sin comes up again and again. So I suppose t…
  • I didn't grow up very interested in religion. For me at the age of 9 it was football as my thing that excited me. But some some cousins and aunts and uncles had religious beliefs. I felt a bit left out when my parents joined a church actually at …
  • Refugee I didn't intend to put words in your mouth that you were saying all mental illnesses result in loss of empathy or non-development of empathy. I was just making my own statement and words to the effect that in general mental illness and empa…
  • @Refugee said: I challenge anyone, anywhere to cough up sound statistical data indicating measurably higher rates of crime in atheists while controlling for confounding factors such as socioeconomic status, educational attainment, and mental illn…
  • @vinlyn said: @Shoshin said: "If there exists a god all powerful to fulfil, in every creature bliss or woe, and action good or ill, that god is stained with sin, man does but work his will !" There are other …
  • I practice as a distance learner with the Awakened Heart Sangha lead by Lama Shenpen in Wales. I have taken a course offered by the sangha called Discovering the Heart of Buddhism and completed that course. I just got started in the next course Tr…
  • Not sure if this fits in this thread but this was a wake up for me: THE SUFFERING OF NOT GETTING WHAT ONE WANTS You would like to stay with family and loved ones Forever, but you are certain to leave them. You would like to keep your beaut…
  • I dedicate merit. My cousin is dying and I just say that I dedicate the merit of my meditation to him and all beings.
  • Welcome back to the hotel new buddhist
  • Even traditional teachings (the one I remember) says different people practice for different reasons. This tradition mentions 3 that are typical. One of them is just to have a good life. To try to have a good life. That's fine to have that as yo…
  • Combination funny bit introduction and then a good song
    in Funny Stuff Comment by Jeffrey July 26
  • @pegembara is that your own words? Wonderful!
  • I would say also (and you might be hoping for that here) but if meditation is bringing depression I would ask who gave you the meditation method you are using? Can you ask or write to that person and see what they say? If they don't respond maybe …
  • I think the sadness has a 'wrong seeming'... Seems somethings wrong with it. There is something to like @genkaku says that stuff like that does just come up in meditation whether we like it or not. And I think that is linked with something with d…
  • I started a thread with a TED talk that deals with families in the talk and boundaries. And a few other things. But looking here at this thread seems a bit related. But they don't mention 'idiot compassion' so it deals with different material I g…
  • Yeah I think a lot of Yoga practitioners who say "I do yoga" are doing what @karasti says. But when some Buddhist teachers says "Milarepa was a great yogi" they mean he had a great realization in meditation. The calluses on his butt got him there …
  • Regarding pure Buddhism the diamond sutra commentary of THich NHat Hanh says that Buddhadharma is not Buddhadharma. That is how it is Buddhadharma. This is the same form as: A rose is not a rose. That is how it is a "real in fact not concept…
  • And yoga school would refer to not focusing on doctrine scripture and not focusing on assessing truth of doctrine. Yoga would be focus on meditation. I agree that it is flawed to only focus on yoga. My teacher said doctrine and analysis have si…
  • @dhammachick it is hard for me to know which people are doing what. One of the advantages of having a short memory I guess. For myself I hope I have not offended you or anyone else. For 'pop buddhism' I am not offended. I am just trying to under…
  • also I'm not sure what you mean by pop Buddhism @vinlyn? It seems you mean to closely follow scripture. But you only mean specific scriptures right? Or no? Personally I find having a guru helpful because I can have her opinion on various scriptu…
  • I should say most people who go for Buddhism want the truth. I think it's essential and it is deep down part of awareness for everybody I am guessing.
  • @Kerome you can like things that are true. I think most people do. But you only have so much time so you have to survey things a bit and then really read or watch in depth about the one (or few) that you think is true. For chemistry it is a lim…
  • I think it's just reality that there are different variations of Buddhism. There is no "this is the real Buddhism" in my opinion. But there might be "this is what I find in my awareness at this time". And then the 'cherry picking' is when you t…
  • Everybody is different so I don't know if anything I suggest or rather talk about will be helpful for you. I have had mental health problems. But mine was a condition with like an onset and then I had suddenly had schizoaffective disorder which …
  • My teacher talks about something that Trungpa also talked about. The EVAM. That is how concentration or awareness wanders but also focuses. The E is the diffusing and the VAM is the concentration or focusing. Both the E and the VAM are impossibl…
    in Awareness Comment by Jeffrey July 21
  • This is from a webcomic but I thought it showed me something about anger and how our brains are wired to get angry. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/believe
    in Mx Angry Comment by Jeffrey July 21
  • I think it's about not harming. With adultery that would also be 4th precept unless the spouse knows about it and then it is an open relationship or something that the couple decided for their own relationship. For gay relationships it's no differ…
  • As we continue to practice and learn to trust the Openness, Clarity, and Sensitivity of our being, it starts to dawn on us that this Openness, Clarity, and Sensitivity of our being is actually the Awakened Heart of all the Buddhas. This is the real…
  • When the spell is broken we can become our own enchanter perhaps.
  • How did the man know that the other strength game from God? I mean for certain. A Buddhist could say their strength came from the Bodhisattvas and Buddhas (if they believe that). The Avatamsaka sutra is a very long sutra and I had at one time r…