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  • OP, it sounds from your description, that he's missing an important piece in his practice. Meditation/insight is only part of the package. Another key part of the package, is developing compassion. The Buddha cautioned against nihilism. The inter…
  • Thank you for your dedication, Ling. Happy New Year! P.S. As long as you're working on an overhaul of sorts, I'd like to put in a plug for the return of the old emojis, if I may. They were cool.
  • OP, Stephen Batchelor gives a very simple and practical explanation of it. He says it's really not about anything mysterious or complex. It's simply about the fact, that as human beings, we're always growing and changing, so there's no point in iden…
  • Even without a deity, Zen Buddhists get everything else a major religion offers: Traditional spiritual teachings and practices, scriptures and literature collected over the course of millennia, ritual and ceremony, religious community, mythology and…
  • @Buddhalotus said: What makes Buddhism so hard to pin as religion is the fact that it is not a theistic spiritual practice. Without any gods playing dice nor sorting out fates, the only choice we have is to become accountable for o…
  • @yagr said: why the hell won't it fall away? Old habits die hard?
  • Dzongsar Khyentse has come under considerable criticism for his callous attitude, and reprehensible jokes, about the sexual abuse crisis in Buddhism, which is especially severe in Rigpa, whom he's interim spiritual director of. He's really discredit…
  • Well, some people say, that the existential crisis provoked by realizing you are a state of constant change, is the point. That's where learning truly begins. We could also say, that "you" are the mind-stream made up of your cumulative experience…
  • Congratulations, OP! You must have been doing something right!
  • Did you get why Suzuki said, "So you can enjoy your old age"? It means, that meditation helps extend your life, so that you'll have an old age to enjoy. Look at all the people who keel in their 50's and 60's. They never even get to old age. Their l…
  • Sure he wants a child, OP, because you would be doing all the work! A child is something that, from his perspective, you would gift him with, and then you'd do all the childcare, just as you're doing all the housework, and his mom did everything for…
  • OP, your query gives the impression that you define "practice" very narrowly. Our practice is so much more than just meditation; it's about fostering and manifesting compassion in myriad ways, and about cultivating the wisdom that would guide our co…
  • @Asabasstsi said: Hello! A question. If Buddha saw an animal which was injured or suffering, what would he do, if he were the only person who could do something? Would he think the suffering is karmic so no need to act? Or would he …
  • Wait a minute, @Shoshin. I think we would need to define "negative thoughts", first. Do you (or did the DL) mean--ruminating on negativity? That's attachment to negative thoughts. I agree that attachment to negativity isn't compatible with Nirvana.…
  • OP, IMO, everyone, for mental and physical health purposes, needs one day/week when they can stop the planet and get off. An empty day all to oneself, with no obligations, nothing on the schedule, so you can do whatever strikes your fancy. Read a bo…
  • @Jason said: If they tolerate me, they'll tolerate just about anyone. We need you, because you have all those sutras at your fingertips! I've learned a lot about the sutras from NB over the years. I'd like to see more of that.
  • @person said: @Dakini said: @person, That female biologist's point jibes with the traditions in parts of the world where resources are scarce and life is challenging. For example, the Siberian arctic, where a type of polyandry was p…
  • This is interesting, @Jason, thanks. I would have said, that the Buddha discouraged "soothsaying", which mediumship could be categorized as, but I like your answer better.
  • @person, That female biologist's point jibes with the traditions in parts of the world where resources are scarce and life is challenging. For example, the Siberian arctic, where a type of polyandry was practiced until the Soviet regime put an end t…
  • NB is a pretty orderly bunch, with a refreshing absence of the kind of nastiness that one too often finds on other B. forums. That's the most striking thing about it, IMO. Good job, admin/mod staff!
  • @lobster said: type a colon : followed by a character to get extra emoticons ... eg. :k = skull That still seems like a time-consuming way to find whatever emoticons one may be looking for. I wonder if there's a better way, to acc…
  • OP, the Buddha, in his early discourses, says not to trouble ourselves with concerns about "prepping" for future rebirths. He says to focus on "being the best you can be" in this lifetime, for its own sake, not for any "karma points" you might earn …
  • Noble, OP. But a generation or two too late. Two words: climate change. The proverbial wrench in the works. "Honey, they've toasted the planet!" You need a new plan.
  • Great topic! Thanks, @person.
  • While we're on this topic, I'd like to mention that part of the conservative economic strategy involves maintaining control, and therefore--keeping the tax cut goodies, by means of ever-increasing control of the vote, i.e. voter suppression. A new b…
  • @Carameltail said: I know some people might drink alcohol and thats ok. But I wondered if anyone had advice in countering the pressures to drink alcohol. I myself do not want to drink any, because it is unhealthy. It was in the news that no…
  • @Fearless0124 said: I'm not by any means arguing with anyone or trying to insult. Also I do acknowledge that our alpha status at top of the food chain has us overpopulating and doing plenty of damage to this earth and its surrounding atmosphere…
  • OP, go on amazon.com, and buy the book, "Living With Kundalini", by Gopi Krishna. You've had an awakening of the Kundalini energy. You're describing a fairly classic case of it. You'll understand it much better after reading the book. You say, pain …
  • @yagr said: Well, while I understand that daily fluctuations does not equal climate change, I'm a few miles from the Canadian border and we are looking at 108 degree (42C) today and 106 tomorrow (41C). Where are you, yagr, if you don't mi…
  • Seattle had a heat wave that lasted nearly a week, temps 30C and a little above, and more of that is expected soon, though they got a nice break for a bit. Although it's normal for Seattle to have hot weather in the 2nd half of the summer like this …
  • @Kerome said: It has occurred to me, while doing a bit of exploring of thoughts and attitudes, that I’m actually an atheist. And I was wondering how this fits in with Buddhism, because on the one hand Buddhism says “there is no God” and on the ot…
  • @lobster said: What is Sacred? When I was a dervish (everybody should have a hobby), words were extremely important and had multiple meanings and possibilities. @Shoshin describes some of the potential meanings ... …
  • OP, I"ve never heard of a precept about not withholding info. Could you provide a link? @federica said: As far as I am aware, the fourth precept is not specifically concerned with falsifying speech: * Musavada veramani sikkha…
  • OP, I"ve never heard of a precept about not withholding info. Could you provide a link? Also, I'm curious as to what tradition has people take 6 precepts, rather than the first 5, or was that a personal choice of your own, to add the 6th precept?
  • I took one of these the last time a link was posted here, which was a few years ago. I waffle between INTJ and INFJ, as I recall. Kind of borderline between those two. When I read the explanation of what it meant, and also the potential career choic…
  • @ScottPen said: @Dakini, thanks for your suggestions. I've been sleeping fine over the last few days, and I'm grateful for that. I'll consider your suggestions. I've always been curious about acupuncture. What most …