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  • I was thinking spaghetti CARbonara but couldn't figure out the bananas part!
  • I think we need insight into what is good and bad. But before that we need concentration for that insight to arrive. And this meditation is process of letting things settle and seeing what is there. We can easily have a 'monkey mind' version of d…
  • "The belief that there is no self can actually get in the way of awakening. As the Buddha noted, the contemplation of not-self can lead to an experience of nothingness (MN 106). If your purpose in practicing is to disprove the self—perhaps from want…
    in You Comment by Jeffrey November 5
  • I think it's a difference in culture between traditional Buddhist cultures and many so called western culture. Giving "charity" is thought more an obligation in the west.
  • Psychology has more to say about anxiety than Buddhism. Buddhist meditation was designed to follow the Buddhist path rather than improve mental health. So Buddhist meditation is more like you would sit with anxiety and give it space to be there (n…
  • Happy Halloween
  • Yeah that's what I meant. You did sit and you observe and think about your experience. So then you could tell that experience to others and you get a response from them. If you get quite a good response from someone (you think) then maybe ask the…
  • I wouldn't say the Mahamudra meditation is to sit and do nothing. What I would say is that a teacher gives hints about meditation and then the student asks the teacher questions. So Mahamudra isn't a set of instructions rather the teacher might …
  • Indeed. I have an interesting perspective on this as I am also interested in chemistry and physics. So though these are imputed by mind ie cloud is cloud we do have Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry and a lot of conceptual understanding of these …
  • I've found that expressions like "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence" or different expressions can express my attitude or view but in familiar terms.
  • @misecmisc1 said: But what I feel is poems like above ^^ or instructions like above ^^ do not lead anywhere - saying things like there is nothing to do - so then should effort be put at spiritual practice like meditation or not? If we put effo…
  • Happiness can not be found through great effort and willpower, but is already present, in open relaxation and letting go. Don’t strain yourself, there is nothing to do or undo. Whatever momentarily arises in the body-mind has…
  • What are you hoping to have as a result of the spiritual path? Knowledge? Then read? Good feeling then become mindful of feelings. but maybe start and see what you are hoping from the spiritual life.
  • I follow an online course by a person who received teachings as a nun in the east in the Tibetan tradition. She has a small sangha in the west (across the pond from me) and has thought out a body of teachings that she received but put them in terms…
  • @person said: The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose, do not like, do not dislike, all will then be clear, make a hair's breadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart if you want the truth to stand …
  • I like this place because there are actual Buddhists here who can talk about what that means to them but there is a lot of variety in what people talk about and it's not loads and loads of threads arguing about which sect/doctrine in Buddhism is mor…
  • Sages, too, endure the same mundane circumstances as we—they fall sick, suffer injuries, meet with unwelcome changes—but their wisdom sees past the incidental to the universal, to the certainty of change that is best coped with by equanimity. Wisdom…
  • @lobster said: Hear about the new restaurant called Karma? There’s no menu: You get what you deserve. So will they implement this by researching your browser history to see what you deserve? And other internet records?
    in Funny Stuff Comment by Jeffrey October 2
  • This is interesting topic to me because I have had interesting mental states from schizoaffective bipolar subtype. The states can be maddening and frustrating in a way but colors can be brighter and you can find enjoyment more easily. I wonder if …
    in Bliss Comment by Jeffrey September 26
  • "All the various types of teachings and spiritual paths are related to the different capacities of understanding that different individuals have. There does not exist, from an absolute point of view, any teaching which is more perfect or effective t…
  • 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!