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SpinyNorman · It's still all old bollocks · Veteran

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  • @JaySon said: At some point does your practice seem to become too complex for your own good? I've had periods like that, not sure what to concentrate on, not having a clear focus, too many questions. What works for me is simplifying, fin…
  • @JaySon said: Now I need to know nothing.
  • @JaySon said: All valid points, though Ajahn Chah taught that jhana is like putting a rock over the grass. It temporarily liberates you from the defilements, but only wisdom uproots the grass. That's why I think jhana meditation is really n…
  • @Kindhumanbeing said: In addition to Buddhism surely buddhists can talk about other topics. I just went & got a cup of coffee & made it iced coffee & I'm having a fabulous day / I would like to hear people's opinions on Buddhist human beings da…
  • @lobster said: I thought I was the unborn! [OK off to naughty corner] Unborn? Sheer luxury!
  • @Will_Baker said: Mine does, and I'm curious as to the experience of others in this regard... I find it challenging but revealing, asking myself why I am doing this or that.
  • @namarupa said: The past cannot be recalled, but the present is available. Uncertainty should not be grasped at. The problem is usually grasping at an illusion of future certainty.
  • @JaySon said: Ajahn Chah liked to say all things are impermanent and they are uncertain. I'm assuming by "uncertain" he meant "empty". Would that be correct? Yes, everything that arises is uncertain because it depends on con…
  • Mary Poppins was definitely a lady.
  • @upekka said: when we grab (like) one, we reject (dislike) all other, in one thought moment this is happening to us all the time, unless we are mindful with wisdom Yes, the trick is realising that we don't have to follow through on all…
  • @JaySon said: Chihuahua on crack. That is in the lost suttas of the Spiny Nikaya, they subsequently replaced the dog with a monkey.
  • @IronRabbit said: Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? "Open your eyes, Look up to the skies and see..."
  • @Tigger said: We come into the conditioned from the unconditioned when born. If an infant was taught Buddhism from birth or childhood before their minds get conditioned, would it be easier for them to understand the Dharma and reach Nirvan…
  • @Bunks said: An interesting observation I've made over the last couple of months - people assume that because I am single I must be lonely or sad? Especially women. I've observed some envy from men There have been moments (especially earl…
  • @Tigger said: I agree. I choose to follow the dharma of the Buddha....period! I don't fully comprehend the different traditions as I have mentioned before but I comprehend the simple dharma of the Bhudda. Simple is good, but what …
  • @JaySon said: When someone says you MUST pick only one tradition, unless there's a practical reason for it, I feel like that's the work of the ego trying to construct an identity. Over-identifying with one tradition could reflect that, bu…
  • @techie said: @SpinyNorman said: @JaySon said:> In Zen and Thai Theravada traditions I learned thoughts are bad, that they lead to suffering. Taking thoughts too seriously can lead to suffering, but …
  • @upekka said: is there anything apart from seeing sight, hearing sound, etc. in the world? The world or our world?
  • @lobster said:> ... meditating in a deck chair is very advanced but may suit ... or perhaps the soothing motion of a rocking chair ... Very cool, thought I would like a version with lots of cushions, wide-screen TV and built-in ice-cream…
  • @techie said: Just an update. Still the same situation, I am the observer and thoughts are being observed. There's a gap. Will this just go on, or is there a destination here? Will this lead to some other state, like the void? …
  • @JaySon said:> In Zen and Thai Theravada traditions I learned thoughts are bad, that they lead to suffering. Taking thoughts too seriously can lead to suffering, but they are really just thoughts, they come and go.
  • @Tigger said: Question I am reading Old Path White Cloud and came to part where Siddhartha is being taught by Master Uddaka. Here they talk about the state of neither perception nor non-perception where both need to be eliminated. Siddha…
  • @Kerome said: I have a confession to make... I'm currently reading Zen Mind, Beginners Mind and there is a long section on meditation posture and why it is important. It made me realise that by meditating while lying on my back in bed I may be sh…
  • @Kerome said: These days I advise most of my friends to just use a password manager like LastPass. That way you can get it to generate strong passwords unique to each site which you won't be able to forget, and you only have to remember one decen…
  • My passwords include Pali words and mathematical constants. What fun!
  • @David said: Couldn't it be both an empirical and a metaphysical teaching? Different schools of Buddhist thought come at it differently but I don't think one view is exclusive of the others. You're right, but in my experience it is…
  • Mine is paying attention, and particularly noticing change. The challenge is remembering to do it consistently. Noticing stuff can be fascinating and revealing. I do like simple, my brain begins to hurt when things get complicated.
  • @Dakini said:> I've never understood how emptiness can apply to--another classic example--an onrushing car as we cross the street. If it were empty of inherent nature, why would be make an effort to get out of the way? I have a hard time accepting t…
  • @Dakini said: @David said: "Empty of inherent existence" just means it depends on other things to exist as far as I can tell. Thanks. So maybe the confusion results in part from how it's explained. The car's existence …
  • @David said: "Empty of inherent existence" just means it depends on other things to exist as far as I can tell. Yes, it means that everything we experience arises in dependence on conditions, and without those conditions it will cease, or…
  • @person said:t You're mashing up the conventional self or I and the ultimate self or Buddha nature. The self that changes is the conventional self, the Buddha nature is considered beyond that, something changless. The principal subje…
  • @JaySon said: I believe craving and attachment are the same. In dependent origination clinging arises in dependence on craving, so I think craving leads to attachment. It's probably a bit chicken and egg though, since you could say that …
  • @techie said: @SpinyNorman said: @wojciech said: @SpinyNorman what a mind boggle! i am now confused on the subject of emptiness. i think i shall be content, at this point, to say "i …
  • @thumbs07 said: what is buddhism wisdom of self-consciousness? Could you explain what you mean by "self-consciousness"? Do you mean reflexive awareness of thoughts and feelings, or do you mean awareness of self-view, the sense of "I"? O…
  • @karasti said: But when someone suffers from illness, would we be so hard on them for not always walking the walking? I'm not excusing bad behavior, and I don't excuse what Trungpa or any others have done. But addiction lends oneself not able to …
  • Sounds like another case of talking the talk but not walking the walk. I believe Alan Watts also had a drink problem?
  • @JaySon said: @Dakini said: @JaySon said: What I find fascinating are interpretations of the Anapanasati sutra by modern Buddhist teachers. Reading Thich Nhat Hanh and Ajahn Brahm's versions are li…
  • @lobster said:We are lay Buddhists, we are allowed to have presents, cake and be a little frisky once a year ... Once a year?! Sheer luxury!
  • I don't like cookies, and clean them out on shutdown. I stopped using my Tescos Clubcard because they kept sending me coupons for stuff they were promoting but I didn't want, and anyway I don't like people knowing about my shopping habits, particul…
  • My main practice these days is mindfulness, and I find a daily session of seated meditation to be a useful support. The Dairy Lama sometimes meditates in the freezer cabinets at Tescos, but that is apparently an advanced practice.
  • I have resolved not to mutter "Bah humbug" until mid-December.
  • @Bunks said: For a single person is sleeping with a prostitute or watching pornography sexual misconduct? I'll be interested to hear what people have to say based on gender. I am male in case some people weren't aware..... I…
  • @upekka said: @federica said: Yes. Imagery. I can visualise scenes without having any commentary. @SpinyNorman said: @upekka said: can thoughts and thinking happen without words (language)? …
  • @JaySon said: This body is only a rental body. It doesn't belong to me. I will be forced to return it to the Earth Wind Fire And Water Shop shortly. Your mind is also just a rental.
  • @Kaydeekay said: Hello everyone, I think a lot about death, or about suffering from ill health and the worried that is tied into that. I am trying to come to terms with it though, does anyone have any advice on how to do that ? Thank you! …
  • @LOTUS69 said:. A great explanation of the soul and enlightenment from the Indian Saint Ramana Maharashi which in my view is 100% consistent with the Buddha's view of soul: I think you are trying to make Buddhism into another school of Hindu…
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