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  • OP, I'm still not clear on your orientation; did you choose a Gelug center for your beginner study because you want to be in TB, or did you choose it just because it was handy, it was conveniently-located or something, but you're not committed to an…
  • I find that mindfulness training (which you're describing, OP) is very good for driving. Heaven knows it's important to be mindful when driving! I find that to be somewhat Zen, too.
  • @DhammaDragon said: In Switzerland people are cold, individualistic and do not usually welcome contact. It is not really normal, @Dakini I was saying that where I'm from, it's normal. It definitely was not normal in Seattle, for exam…
  • @DhammaDragon said: @grackle said: @lobster. There are many lonely and unheard people in our human family. Sometimes I wonder how many have yet to be heard. Despairing of that hearing ever happening. I try to take time to listen. …
  • @Kerome said: So I have been following a Tibetan Buddhist course and while I was reading up on the notes on the Tantra section we have recently done I was doing a little googling... for example Kriya Tantra seems to be a term used in the Nyingma …
  • I've really never had occasion to talk about my spiritual interests. The topic has simply never arisen. Does that mean I'm in the closet? In order to not be closeted, does one have to wear one's spiritual path on one's sleeve? Does anyone outside of…
  • @karasti said: Low-carb cheesecake turns out better than you expected I've never heard of this! Where do you get it? If you stop and think about it, the main thing about cheesecake is the cream cheese, and the sour cream topping; it's a…
  • There's a brief rain shower, then the sun comes out and everything smells great and the air is so fresh! One of the radio stations just happens to play my favorite music, completely serendipitously.
  • If Hinduism moved you because of some commonalities with Buddhism, look up Jainism in your book.
  • @shadowleaver said: @Dakini , here is the resource I meant: https://www.lionsroar.com/buddhist-teachers-respond-to-news-of-trumps-presidential-win/ PS. Regarding deportations of legal immigrants, I think I have some insight since all of my…
  • OP, it's hard to fathom exactly how sincerely interested you are in educating yourself on Buddhism, when you abandon threads you start. We'd love to pitch in and help (I've learned a TON from this forum!), but we need your involvement if we're to be…
  • @shadowleaver said: Anyway, I think it is undeniable that the American Sangha has a strong Left bias politically (so do I but not nearly to that degree) As proof of that just read the reactions of Buddhist teachers to the election, publi…
  • I don't think Buddhism is intertwined with the Far Left. I think you just happened to score an immature group of individuals. Are there other Zen groups in your area? RE: praying for Trump's departure from the White House---------be careful what …
  • Of course, this is very worrisome and dismaying. But corporate interests have been taking over many paths of influence over the generations. I remember seeing a documentary on how the auto, petroleum and highway industries influenced public opinion …
    in Fake Science Comment by Dakini May 12
  • @WonderingWanderer said: Hello everyone, I'd like to learn more about Buddhism and how to incorporate it's teachings into my life. I am also interested in how Buddhist teachings apply to current issues. Does anyone have any books or online lectur…
  • @yagr said: @Dakini said: I think Sherman Alexie should base a character in one of his novels on @yagr. There's some great coyote material there, and lots of food for thought about Life. That is one movie I'd really enjoy seeing. …
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  • @Walker said: Zen went through cultural osmosis as it spread east, influencing, and being influenced itself by Taoism and Confucianism. But it is not unique in that regard. Buddhism went through changes in Tibet, when it encountered the Bon rel…
  • I think Sherman Alexie should base a character in one of his novels on @yagr. There's some great coyote material there, and lots of food for thought about Life. That is one movie I'd really enjoy seeing. Thanx for sharing your stories, OP.
  • Slow down, grasshopper. You're overdoing it. Remember the Middle Way? It was a good idea, and for good reason. You're not the first to wonder if Zen is really Buddhism, or if it went out so far on a limb that it sprouted a new tree of its own. …
  • @karasti said: Loved all the great comments! For me personally, God tends to become a problem because usually there is an intention of hoping/wishing/praying to someone else to save us. But that job is on us. We save ourselves. No one else…
  • @SJDR21 said: Are buddhist practitioners allowed to have gods? Is that what you mean--are Buddhists allowed to believe in a deity, or deities? Insofar as Buddhism is basically psychology, to which belief or non-belief in a Supreme Being, …
    in gods in buddhism Comment by Dakini May 9
  • @SJDR21 said: they still have questions on what I can and cant have and that got me wondering about that. Thanks a ton in advance for your help! Could you explain that further? What do you (they) mean by "what you can and can't have"?…
    in gods in buddhism Comment by Dakini May 9
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  • @yagr Next stop: Japan, Taiwan, Monte Carlo.
  • @yagr said: I just added (1+99) + (2+98) +...(48+52) + (49+51) = 4900 + 100 + 50 = 5050. One to a thousand is pretty much the same thing. Anyway, out of trouble and an apology from the teacher at dad's insistence. Cute memory I haven't tho…
  • Most of what you describe--choosing a response based on effectiveness & what you want to achieve--is the essence of "skillfull means" in Buddhism. Congratulations! You're well on your way as a practitioner. If you needed more time to answer t…
  • I loved the ones NB had before switching to the little green blobs. Just saying. LOVED!
  • comrades
  • Where are these from? Where do we find the full selection?
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  • Thanks, @yagr. I'm happy to hear that you have a good therapist that you feel comfortable with. Very interesting about how patients who dissociate can't do EMDR until the dissociative tendencies are resolved. You seem very patient. Keep up the good…
  • @yagr You should get treatment for your unresolved PTSD relating to your prison time in Russia. Or the hospital time, whatever it was. The cheapest way is to find an acupuncturist who's trained in a specific modality called "ghost point" acupunct…
  • OP, I'm not clear on what you have in mind by "formal study"; do you mean at a Buddhist sangha of some sort, or at a university? Or was that the question you're posting here to explore--to weigh the pros and cons of both? Studying Buddhism in aca…
  • Thanks for posting that, @karasti.
  • That popcorn image really Is testing my attachment to popcorn!
  • @karasti, I can answer your question re: validity of the theory and remedies, to some extent. I attended a lecture on the history of Chinese medicine once, and it was pretty weird. Originally, identification of remedies for certain illnesses was bas…
  • Did somebody mention ginseng? Korean Ginseng is said to be the strongest, Siberian ginseng--the mildest. Personally, there are very few adaptogens I'm able to use; most are too strong. Holy Basil is one I can use. I'm not sure--I think ashwaganda's…
  • @Kerome said: That said I've seen faith healers, Tibetan doctors, and other alternative practitioners do amazing things with diagnosis - often being able to find what is wrong with people in a very short time. I don't think …
  • @karasti I just checked out that book on Amazon. There's only one essay there that discusses Tibet's pre-Buddhist earth goddess culture, and it's available online for free, via various academic websites that offer access to academic publications. …
  • @Refugee said: While it's not quite a supplement, I've lately been interested in the health effects of negative charged air particles (negative ions). Negative ions are found in nature, particularly in areas with a lot of movement. You'd find neg…
  • OP, Buddhist teachings say to not kill sentient beings. I know some Mongol tribes take that as an environmental mandate. The Buryats who live around Lake Baikal have been hosting environmental conferences for decades, and have worked to spearhead ef…
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