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  • @Silouan Thank you again for the deep insight. You put your ideas in a very applicable and straight-forward manner. Also, I very much enjoyed your write up on the origin of thoughts. @driedleaf ... we should also try understand who we are. When w…
  • Great answers. We mean there's no permanent, independent "self" but obviously you're sitting there reading these words. That is, if your consciousness, the focus of your attention, is on the words. If not, you can be sitting there, looking at the…
  • There is no link or video showing up, however, I would like to hear this.
  • Always be kind to oneself. That will always be a base for others. How does one be kind to oneself? Look inward. Look for thoughts, tensions. Now feel with the body the space. If there is no space then look firmly and kindly at the tensions and t…
  • Hi All, It seems to me that the level of conditioning of my mind is too much. Leave my body, even on little things my mind becomes agitated. For example, in our rented house, in one room we have kept many articles, so that our little daughter(1 yea…
  • Right view plants seeds. So immediately you may not use or recognize the profound liberating nature of the dharma, but deeply planting seeds is important. This goes with merit, morality, etc. All seeds eventually flower be it today or tomorrow. So …
  • Another question add on question towards thoughts: If you let all thoughts dissolve and create an impermanence towards them, then what "thoughts" or "beliefs" will determine your actions in the present moment? To me, it seems like someone acts (bas…
  • This is a fascinating watch. I highly recommend it.
  • Accept the thoughts, and just let them go. The letting go bit is easier said than done sometimes - can you give any advice on how to go about this? I will try to assist you in this question. I will refer directly to thoughts that carry strong e…
  • @BoatS Thank you for sharing your story. It seems we have many things in common. That fact remains that our experiences are personal, and we long to fulfill our person-hood and it is not an abstract idea, but experienced in the heart. My relation…
  • @BoatS Hi BoatS Your welcome, and when you have time might you tell me your conversion story. I'm interested too Thanks Well, I was born into a family that did not encourage religion at all. As a family, we never attended church or really di…
  • @ BoatS I'm glad you found it helpful. I was born into a secular home, sand since a child I have suffered from social anxiety disorder. My father had a stroke, and after an intense period of suffering he passed away. I then had a burning desire t…
  • @ BoatS Hi, I don't mind explaining my conversion in a different posting, because I would like to address some of the other questions first. As you know, we don't come into a full understanding as there is no limit to our spiritual journey. We str…
  • It's not just about letting go of thoughts, it's also about replacing certain thoughts with others. In fact the Buddha advised us to try the replacing of thoughts first before trying to let them go by themselves. Do you practice metta meditation? …
  • Also, another question related to thoughts and their origin. Is it possible to alter these thoughts that initially come up over time? My thoughts tend to be negative in nature, and I am wondering whether through prayer/metta/etc. it is possible to a…
  • You're FAR from alone! Here's a video that may help - Goodluck wth it ! Geoff-Allen, Thank you for the video Geoff-Allen, very insightful. One meditative practise is to just bypass the analysis and judgements of thoughts by simply deliberatel…
  • Hello. I'm looking for relaxing Buddhism and meditation related music and artists. I already found interesting material thanks to Last.fm. And I'm looking for more. If anyone has some recommendations please let me know. I've always enjoyed the …
  • Sounds like you've been doing well! Welcome back! Enjoy your say
  • From what I understand the different worlds we are born into are different mind sets so the hell realm just means we experience pain, the human realm we are neutral experiencing both good and bad, etc. This is one interpretation, there are other i…
  • I got involved to get chicks...it really works Since when does Buddhism get you chicks? Hahaha.
  • First off, I have experienced many distractions that you have been speaking about throughout my meditation experience (a few years). Your only goal is to breath and follow your breath - all other distractions should be let go. Let me explain: Toda…
  • vinlyn: Thank you a for the heads up on some of the questions and encounters I may have while applying. I'll keep into account using both of my subject areas as leverage too - I wouldn't mind teaching either, but I must agree, English would be much …
  • Well, to do your observation and teaching, you have to be qualified in one or two subject. So you have to figure out in advance what they'll be. It's challenging to make math interesting, you're right, there. I am qualified in both English and Ma…
  • Didn't you have to do a post graduate teaching qualification ? Usually that gives some grounding and experience in the classroom. Well I'm finished this semester with actual classes, and next year Fall and Spring I'll be doing by observation and…
  • You don't mention what grade level or subject you'll be teaching. I plan to teach middle school students at the moment. I'll have to wait for my teaching assignment to find out exactly what district and guidelines I will have. And I don't mean t…
  • Why does Mindfulness have to be 'vs' True Self? I'm having trouble identifying exactly what "true self" is. To me, it would seem to be how one would act if there were not outside factors (or you don't let them) to alter your perceptions. Or maybe …
  • Thank you everyone for the recommendations on books, I will look into them! pegembara - Everything you said is all easy in concept, but how can you apply it? It's so much easier said than truly accepted and realized. I realize that when you ha…
  • Cristina: Thank you for the lengthy examples, I think I have a better understanding of it now and I will try to incorporate it into my day. I think were in very similar situations, I feel as if I "need" my girlfriend, but she doesn't portray the …
  • Seeker242: I really do need to concentrate on practice, talking about something really can't accomplish what you need -- but I just wanted to ensure that I was doing everything correctly as I feel hopeless. Thank you for the explanations of how m…
  • It is reassuring that others have been through the same situation and have come out on top -- and thank you for the reassuring words. I've been in my rut for nearly 3 years with varying from okay to absolute rock bottom and I just can't seem to esca…
  • Fran: You completely underlined my main problem. I don't want to spend every waking moment contemplating the "what ifs" and remain miserable, but I don't want to have to avoid thinking about her. In theory I know everything will not last forever …
  • I'm not suicidal and I really hope that things can get better, but I'm literally at the bottom of life. Nothing can hardly excite me and I spend the majority of the days feeling hopeless and lost. I've been to talk therapy but so far they haven't be…