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I know politics isnt a good topic to get into and I completely respect peoples diverse opinions but I have to say Trump really worries me.
Hopefully the Farting Trumpet won't be able to get any of his silly ideas approved by …
@satcittananda said:> As a result as they are without teachers and disconnected to the historical buddha, they will generally stand as accused and opposed to the more traditional buddha teachings.
It could be argued that the historical Buddh…
They pinched that from the Phena Sutta.
"Thus a monk, persistence aroused,
should view the aggregates
by day & by night,
should discard all fetters;
should make himself
his own refuge;
should live as if
anyone who experiencing jhana, could you tell us the difference between jhana and movement of elements?
thanks in advance
To put it crudely, I would associate jhana with the quality of sama…
I work in education and the staffroom is overcrowded and often can be full of gossip. In a very big and busy school I decide to meditate on lunchbreaks or go for a walk to get a break. Other colleagues can see this as being aloof or …
Gil Fronsdale recently put out a new book Buddha Before Buddhism, I haven't read it but listened to his talk. There are some portions of the Pali canon that are thought to be the earliest of Buddha's teac…
Actually more importantly, what did the Buddha have to say?
"Suppose a person were to gather or burn or do as he likes with the grass, twigs, branches, & leaves here in Jeta's Grove. Would the thought occur to you, 'I…
And Triratna versus Friends of the Western Buddhist Order? I find FWBO slightly more intrigueing sounding I have to say, "random eastern sounding name" does-not-equal credibility.
It's been suggested that the name change was…
I've just bought a small sit-on-top kayak. First try out yesterday, and managed not to fall in!
I nearly bought an action cam yesterday. If you get one @SpinyNorman, we can share the …
The oldest printed book in the world is not the Bible.
It is the Diamond Sutra.
My sister used to manage front of house at the British Li…
I have only recently joined twitter. While I find it useful in many ways I do find myself using it more and more. I know its not social media is the problem but rather our use/misuse of it.
I would be interested to hear …
I went to a teaching & meditation last night and the first meditation involved the teacher telling us to see the mind like the ocean and we were to swim deep into it, watching the waves get further away - the waves were our thought…
@upekka said:> You can test this yourself
what can you see around you: wall, chair, bus, car, man, woman, dog, cat etc.
what can you hear around you: a door bang, a bird chirp, a man singing, a woman talk, a dog bark etc.
similarly about sm…
I have known people who switched to "vegan" diets and lived on pasta and got so ill feeling and unhealthy, and then blamed the diet, lol.
The healthiest person I know has been a vegan for 30 years.
If you are on a plane that is about to crash within 10 minutes. What thoughts would have gone through your head? Your family and friends are not on the plane and you can not contact them.
Would you be ready to face death and …
Attributed to the Zen teacher Dogen:
“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, you…
Well, it's also that Hinduism believes in an eternal soul (Atman), while Buddhism supposedly doesn't. But I don't want to open that can of worms again.
OP, I think the Buddha in part was reacting to the spiritual environment…
I've recently just got through a rough patch with myself. The past couple weeks I was very depressed and angry with myself. Now that I'm feeling better I am more determined to have a better practice. But I think the problem is I …
I regard mindfulness of the body as foundational. I find it's an effective way of returning to the present, and it invariably has a grounding effect so I am less "in my head". I work regularly with bodily sensation and posture.
Good answer @Kerome many thanks.
I agree that we need a pillar of intention/practice. Like you, mine is meditation. However I do find that the understanding and emphasis of dharma on the mind sometimes leaves us with a gap …
I've never thought it pessimistic. It probably is compared to that warm fuzzy feeling of false hope abrahamic religions give people.
Indeed. I think some people are more concerned with finding comfort than truth.
@techie said:> Could this be the reason that zen emphasis sitting meditation?
I think a lot of the obsession with posture and yogic contortion is cultural baggage, and I simply don't get the "no pain, no gain" mentality. I don't see pain i…
Some of my Christian friends are giving up bad and not so bad habits for Lent and I was wondering if there was a Buddhist equivalent. One way I could offer my support with signing into the God business and the whole sackcloth a…
I used to do a lot of visualisation in Tibetan schools and really struggled with it, perhaps because I didn't really understand what it was for. Probably useful to have contact with a teacher if you're going to explore this.
@techie said:> But if someone says buddhism is pessimistic, what is so offensive about that? Why do Buddhists get so worked up that they provide 'evidence' that their religion is not pessimistic, it is only realistic etc. etc.?
I don't find …
@techie I feel it is to do with identity and through having a self to protect.
Yes, if somebody criticizes your religion/politics/lifestyle/morality it can feel like an attack on you, to the extent that you identify with th…
The eyes thing:
When I first started a regular practice with others, the eyes focused on a spot on the floor did not suit, unless on my own. I regularly kept my eyes straight ahead without a particular focus as is done in so…