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  • Tried meditating for just five minutes as @genkaku suggested. I was not overwhelmed with grief, nor did the thought even come up. I wasn't focused on the breath either, just letting thoughts arise and pass. It left me feeling only a bit more peacefu…
  • I frequently play video games and have 'killed' countless pixels. That said, I do believe that violence, whether real or imagined, leaves a karmic imprint. Now conciously killing an actual, living human is far more serious than killing his avatar in…
  • From what I've gathered, in a lot of Buddhist countries the populace views the various buddhas and bodhisattvas as deities and pray directly to them. I'm not sure what the majority of American Buddhists believe. I know my lama has mentioned nagas in…
  • I looked over the contract and the only thing I found was a clause about the utility not hiring me for 1 year. There's nothing about another temp agency hiring me on behalf of the utility. So I think I'm OK as far as contract law is concerned. It's …
  • @karasti said: Living in the south is another world. If I had to live in fear of being ostracized or whatever for my beliefs, I think I'd have to move. I couldn't do it. Indeed it is another world. I neither broadcast nor mention it in c…
  • Elon Musk hopes to get ahead of the problem by merging human and artificial intelligence. By giving humans a neural link to computers, he's trying to prevent humans from becoming irrelevant. But would a cyborg still be human? http://www.businessi…
  • RIP indeed. This song seems especially relevant now...
  • Thanks, @Federica , but I 'fixed' the problem by getting a mouse for my laptop and completely disabling the touchpad.
  • ...when my five paragraph, exceptionally well reasoned post is obliterated when I brush my touchpad the wrong way.
  • I had similar questions about karma when I first came to this forum. It seemed like a blame-the-victim philosophy. Surely that poor beggar on the street deserves his fate because he was greedy in a past life and has now gotten is comeuppance. I g…
  • I love video games, especially Skyrim, though I don't play it nearly as much as I used to. And, yes, with a few graphical mods and an ENB the tundra and mountains could be stunning. There were times that I would turn off the auto-run feature, and ca…
  • Kate Bush is awesome. And, yes, boys and girls, that is Donald Sutherland.
  • @karasti A bit off topic, but if you just need to be reachable you could just get a "dumb" flip phone. Not having email and web on the move could be inconvenient though. And typing texts on a number pad was a real pain.
  • @Kerome said: Many Chinese-made phones already come with rootkits in the firmware. Which allows the manufacturer to remotely read any data, install software, track the wearer, or take control of the device including listening to the microphon…
  • What scares me about 'Big Data' as its called is not so much what they're doing with it now (marketing), but the potential for future abuse. What if a totalitarian/theocratic/fascist/whatever government comes to power, and orders Google, Facebook, e…
  • Fear serves a useful purpose. If I see a cougar in the woods, I run away from it instead of trying to pet it and getting eaten. But in my case I use fear as a whip to motivate myself. If I shouldn't be using fear, how else do I overcome my inertia? …
  • @Kerome said: Generally I find that if one is in harmony with the universe, everything is easy, and no effort is ever required to motivate one to start on a task. It is either the thing to be done, and so you do it, or it is not. Ultimately the o…
  • I frequently suffer from a major lack of energy and motivation. When my will is insufficient to get me to perform a task, terror frequently does the job. I've tried using positive thoughts to motivate me, but they aren't nearly as effective at getti…
  • I can't come up with a sutta reference, but a suitable quote seems to be "It's the journey, not the destination." Becoming obsessed with seeking enlightenment is a hindrance, and you cannot appreciate the transformation that takes place within.
  • Well I called the bank and they disabled my debit card. Apparently the crook had withdrawn the money from an ATM in California. Originally he had tried to take much more out, but I thwarted him 'cause I'm poor like that. And thankfully he didn't try…
  • @karasti Unlike in the past, I'm actually not beating myself up too much for slacking off. I'm just picking up where I left off. In an odd way, I guess that's practice at work. And I'm glad you're not freaking out as much about the holidays. They ar…
  • @pegembara @genkaku Sorry to be responding to such an old post, but I recently resumed Ajahn Brahm's technique. I find with meditation that I'm not grappling with a host of negative emotions, but "just" a hyperactive monkey on speed and PCP. Not tha…
  • Personally, my practice has been suffering lately. "Real life" has been taking a toll, and adversely affecting my practice. See here if you want a blow-by-blow description of my travails. I completely stopped meditating for several weeks. As @lobste…
  • @karasti I voted for (and donated to) Bernie in the primary. Thing is, my voice will be lost in the general election. I live in a deep red state the Democrats have no chance of winning, so I might as well vote for Dumbo for all that it matters. Like…
  • @Shoshin The question is not whether I should vote, but whether I should do more than just pulling a lever. That said, the dilemma I face when voting is whether I should vote for an "establishment" politician I consider questionable to "block" someo…
  • My favorite is Breyer's French Vanilla. Simple tastes for a simple mind...
  • Hmm, I'm getting testosterone overload from this thread. How 'bout a little estrogen?
  • @karasti I actually tried to read Trungpa once and found his ideas unnecessarily complicated. It's becoming more and more clear from your comments and from other experiences that Vajrayana is not for me. Sadly, that's the only option available to me…
  • @karasti It's not as simple as cherry-picking wisdom. To extend your analogy of any speaker or writer as a teacher, when I read Trungpa's works I effectively become his student. Because he has demonstrated a history of manipulating and abusing his s…
  • @karasti I had to think about this for a moment. I suppose it’s because I don’t see Harris as a hypocrite or manipulator. As far as I know, he doesn’t sleep with his students (does he have any?) nor does he guzzle booze like a frat boy. In short, I’…
  • I read one of his early books, The End of Faith, where he really went off on Christianity and Islam, but actually had kind words for Buddhists and their meditation practices. I had been a hard core atheist for at least a decade, and was curious what…
  • @federica said: You're missing the point. You're missing CONTENT. You're missing ORIGIN. Don't look at him and what he's DOING. So it's OK it he talks the talk, but can't walk the walk? Look at what he's saying, where it c…
  • Alright, consider Trungpa for a moment. If you know he'd be willing to manipulate his students in order to get them into bed, that means he's willing to manipulate others as well. So every teaching that comes from him I have to analyze, asking mysel…
  • A bit off topic, but thanks for that Sam Harris meditation. I had no idea he was doing guided meditations. It was he who first introduced me to Buddhism, so I have a lot to thank him for, even though I'm not really following his path any more. I …
  • Funny, my fiancee and I have this discussion every month or two. (Just for reference, she is a Wiccan practitioner.) She believes it is possible to find wisdom in a teacher's words even when the guru doesn't "practice what they preach", or has quest…
  • @Cinorjer said: Maybe I actually smell different. I really think this is it. Most animals have a sense of smell many orders of magnitude more sensitive than a humans, and from what I've read they can smell the emotional state of other cre…