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SpinyNorman · It's still all old bollocks · Veteran

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  • "Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves." Nagarjuna
  • Sogyal Rinpoche: "Thoughts are like clouds. Even though the clouds sometimes seem to cover the entire sky, if you take a plane you can go beyond them into a vast space that is never even touched by the clouds. The clouds of our ordinary thoughts …
  • From "Training this mind" by Ajahn Chah: "Training this mind... actually there's nothing much to this mind. It's simply radiant in and of itself. It's naturally peaceful. Why the mind doesn't feel peaceful right now is because it gets lost in its…
  • From "How to practice" by the Dalai Lama ( page 173 ): "The faulty defilments that pollute the mind - such as ignorance, lust and hatred - are temporary, and therefore seperable from the mind. Once these defilements are understood to be superfic…
  • From "Now is the knowing" By Ajahn Sumedho of the Thai Forest School ( page 57 ): "So when we abide in the emptiness of our mind we're moving away, not getting rid of things but no longer absorbing into conditions....This is the Buddhist way to e…
  • The four dharma seals - the four characteristics which reflect true Buddhist teaching: * All compounded things are impermanent * All emotions are painful * All phenomena are without inherent existence * Nirvana is beyond description http…
  • From "Breath by Breath" by Larry Rosenberg ( page 129 ) "Emptiness is the crown jewel of Buddhism. If everything is constantly changing, then nothing has a substantial core with any degree of endurance."
  • @Carlita said: One question I'd ask. How far do you feel a laity could practice as a monk and how would we incorporate more challenging practices without needing to overstep our roles as laity followers? I think this is a false dichotomy.…
  • From the Bahiya Sutta: "Herein, Bahiya, you should train yourself thus: 'In the seen will be merely what is seen; in the heard will be merely what is heard; in the sensed will be merely what is sensed; in the cognized will be merely what is cogni…
  • "Sabbe dhamma anatta" ( there is no self in the created or the uncreated )
  • A bit like an episode of Star Trek. Occasionally there are Clingons on the starboard bow of course.
  • From Hakuin's Song of Meditation: "When in reverence this truth is heard even once, He who praises it and gladly embraces it has merit without end How much more he who turns within And confirms directly his own nature, That his own nature is …
  • Not my cup-of tea, too new-agey I'm afraid.
  • @Kerome said: I’ve found it helpful to read poetry in the morning, for some reason it seems to connect well to the realm of dreams. Certainly things are not going so badly, most of the anxiety disappears by the time I’m fully awake. I fin…
  • @Kerome said:> Don’t we all believe in causes for what happens? It’s rather fundamental in Buddhism. Conditions rather than causes. But of course all conditions are transient, so there is inevitably uncertainty.
  • I have found them useful when being introduced to new practices, but a distraction subsequently.
  • @Felino said:> Is Buddhism an invention of the followers of buddha? Most certainly, and it's complicated further by the fact that there are many different schools of Buddhism. These are the result of adaptation to different cultures, and…
  • From the Heart Sutra: “Listen Sariputra, all phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness; their true nature is the nature of no Birth no Death, no Being no Non-being, no Defilement no Purity, no Increasing no Decreasing. “That is why in Emptine…
  • SN35. 85. The Sunna Sutta Empty Is the World "Then the Venerable Ānanda approached the Blessed One … and said to him: “Venerable sir, it is said, ‘Empty is the world, empty is the world.’ In what way, venerable sir, is it said, ‘Empty is the …
  • @Mingle said:> I'd say one of the biggest obstacles of learning Buddhism is actually un-learning Buddhism. Or not having learned enough, and not realising that there are different approaches to meditation. You might find that zazen / jus…
  • @Snakeskin said: I see the first truth as pointing to an underlying unsatisfactoriness of conditioned existence... Yes, but what do you mean by "conditioned existence"? Is it unenlightened experience or something else.
  • @dhammachick said: @techie said: Life is not just suffering. You just contradicted the first noble truth. Just saying. I'm pretty sure he didn't. If @David had left out the just then yo…
  • @Kerome said:> So am I doing something wrong? I was wondering whether meditation settles down into a routine of progression. Or whether perhaps I’m not achieving the right degree of concentration? How does one actually concentrate on meditation a…
  • @lobster said: Here is another food item sentient being, I photographed in London a few hours ago (Richmond Park). I called him Gandalf, as he was hanging out with his mates blocking my path - 'None shall pass'. Had to go back and around. Deer …
  • @Bunks said:> Please don't throw the baby out with the bath water though. There are heaps of online groups you can join if you think the NKT isn't for you. Hang in there and keep your eyes open. Good advice. I was involved in NKT myself …
  • @pegembara said: Remain in the eye of the hurricane (metaphorical mental storm) instead of getting blown away. Yes, I sometimes imagine it like that, the sense of a still point inside ( beneath? ) the movement of the senses. Also Tibeta…
    in Roots Comment by SpinyNorman October 20
  • @Kerome said: @SpinyNorman said: @lobster said:> Without application are we just playing? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Factors_of_Enlightenment I prefer this formulation to the 8-f…
  • I think of moods, thoughts and feelings as the "weather" of the mind, transient and conditional. I rather like this description from Ajahn Chah: "Training this mind... actually there's nothing much to this mind. It's simply radiant in and of its…
    in Roots Comment by SpinyNorman October 19
  • @Kerome said:> It seems to indicate that a great deal of peace of mind, and perhaps a large part of the cessation of suffering, is to be found in non judgment - not attaching to love or hate. Intuitively I feel this must be true, that a lot of th…
  • @lobster said:> Without application are we just playing? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Factors_of_Enlightenment I prefer this formulation to the 8-fold path, I think it gives a clearer idea of the practices and qualities involv…
  • Alternatively you can dream while you're meditating.
  • I think a constructive response in such situations is to ask the person what enlightenment actually means to them, not assuming that they mean the same thing that you do.
  • @David said: @techie said: @David said: I keep seeing attaching to thoughts the same as reaching for a smoke during a nic fit and it seems to be working. Identifying with thoughts is an addiction I…
  • @lobster said: That be Jon Kabat-Zinn ... must be secular enlightenment ... Pah!
  • @techie said:> Logical corollary of DO/samkhara, isn't it? Everything we know or feel is put together by various factors. Nothing exists independently. Neither does metta, for that matter. I guess it's fabrications all the way down. …
  • @Mingle said:>> Through the chat she made the claim of somethings like "I am enlightened" and "I have no ego" and I very kindly told her she is full of it. People have very different ideas about what "enlightenment" is. Even Buddhists…
  • @karasti said: @SpinyNorman well yeah, someone always is, and they are always connected to the politicians who make our laws. I just find it funny the logic they use to make such determinations. Another "triumph" of the free market?
  • @genkaku said: Welcome @jhutter33 -- hope you find something useful here. I suppose if you look long enough and far enough, you can find a statue of "Buddha" doing parkour. Of course that and $2 will get you a bus ride. Symbolism and tall …
  • @karasti said:> What is the point of making automatic weapons illegal to own if you can sell accessories to turn guns into automatic weapons? I suspect partly because somebody is making money out of it.
  • I don't feel like a Buddha...
  • @lobster said: https://www.dhammasukha.org/the-6rs.html Good stuff, though I find the "release" stage here quite difficult in practice - it's also known as "bare attention". "Release: When a feeling or thought arises, you release it, let…
  • @Shoshin said: What happens brain-wise when one practices "Metta Meditation" ...... I think that would an example of developing Right Intention.
  • @Kerome said:> I remember seeing a video about Ayahuasca experiences, where one participant said after the ceremony that she felt oddly empty and free. All her life she had believed in all kinds of esoteric teachings, like alchemy and new age, an…
  • @Snakeskin said:> Are (A) ancient, metaphysical beliefs or modern, secular views on the one hand and (B) ethical and contemplative practices on the other really mutually exclusive? If so, from where does that bias favoring practice over the “ribb…
  • @Kerome said:> But I think meditation is more about recognising unhealthy pathways and letting them go, than about creating new and improved neuro pathways. By recognising and discarding what is unhealthy we build a new structure out of what is l…