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  • @Lobster thanks for the link! There's a book called Clarifying the Single Intention that I also want to check out regarding this. @person ah, i'm glad you got to enjoy the lakes
  • Bless your local library
  • There is so much to read in this thread that I'm sorry if I am commenting in a way that's already been addressed, but my latest fascination in this field has been "Capitalism with Compassion." Essentially, capitalism is not necessarily wholesome …
  • Recognition of the kleshas is very helpful, especially when we consider that an enlightened being and (self-sustaining) illuminated minds come about through their own natural purity as well as the propensity of the practitioner to practice the Way. …
  • @Rojeho it is my sincere pleasure to share all the gems i've gathered along the Way. By the way, "where the cause is love the result is pure realms" is a paraphrasing of some teachings by Garchen Rinpoche. One must give credit where credit is due.…
    in The Ego Comment by sova September 10
  • Contemplation of Interconnectedness is powerful. When we consider that we are all striving to be free of suffering (and to some degree skillfully, some degree unskillfully) then it may be easier to try on someone else's life perspective and sense…
    in The Ego Comment by sova September 10
  • Reason seems quite inferior to direct knowing a lot of the time, but there are certain things that can only be known through inference (not directly, but indirectly) and therefore logic and reason must be used to come to some understandings. Such c…
  • @Kerome said: But the supra-normal “direct knowledge” of an enlightened being doesn’t necessarily come just with more mindfulness, does it? It would be an interesting question to ask of an enlightened master. Virtuous (selfless/altrui…
  • @Quandarius Tummo ! Like Tummy! haha i never noticed that, well done. Tummy heat. Drawing prana up/down is easy, it will follow your focus / awareness. I think the understanding that the "kundalini is a coiled snake" is another emphasis on…
  • to free the intellect our "philosophy" must self-implode but without critical thinking and discernment, how will the veils of ignorance be wiped away?
  • Physical bodies can maintain and hold onto pent up trauma. As a Buddhist, one may consider that these traumas are psychic and not only physical in nature, and therefore could be from a continuum that predates this body and existence. Which means…
  • Hmm if your ankles are hurting I would recommend learning some stretches and stretching for 10-15 minutes before sitting. There are two or three main stretches I do to help me sit in lotus longer-term. Lotus lunge is one. I think prepping your bo…
  • Thank you @person I was wondering about the natural qualities of a Buddha and have come across a few very helpful lists lately, many rooted in the Uttaratantra རྣམ་དབྱེ་བཅས་པའི་མཚན་ཉིད་ཅན། ། གློ་བུར་དག་གིས་ཁམས་སྟོང་གི ། རྣམ་དབྱེ་མེད་པའི་…
  • @Lobster yes I think explaining that all Buddhadharmas are already enlightened is not going to help many, I was thinking that today. It makes sense when you are learning to relax in meditation and then actually absorb in the nature of reality, but …
  • @kando said: The part that got to me most was the angry woman, just being allowed to be that angry. That kind of acknowledgement and acceptance must have meant so much to her. Rilke thought we should all practice dying, although I'm not sure how …
  • if history cannot be abandoned, then it must be rewritten treating others with kindness, giving of gifts, treating them with love and toleration even when there is no reciprocation will eventually cut the cycle of aggression who is right and …
    in Letting Go? Comment by sova August 9
  • My love for bees is what made me finally quit smoking. Bees are vital to the whole ecosystem of the planet. Bees are oft forgotten about but their influence and effectiveness in our world is unchallenged. We rely on the bees for life, and witho…
  • @spencerstone Although your body may die, Reality continues. Mind is aliveness, perspicacity -- seeing something requires your eye as a basis organ, something to see/look at, and eye-consciousness or visual-consciousness. When we consider cons…
  • @Mingle said: Hi I'm planning on going to tokyo on my next holiday. Just need to get my passport sorted and save up some money. I wanna go for the culture and I'm not bothered about luxury and getting drunk. I am a bit of a nerd so things …
    in Tokyo! Comment by sova August 2016
  • It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • @inyo your words truly struck and stuck. your situation resonates with me in some very real ways. I just typed out your original message on an old typewriter and I'm going to give it to my friend to read. We are in similar places. I'm really hap…
  • @dooksta123 said: I'm pretty sure I would have to focus on what I touch and stuff but does that also include paying attention to every movement? If you stretch out, in that moment you can become really aware of the heat/tension/burn in a …
  • @dooksta123 said: I'm pretty sure I would have to focus on what I touch and stuff but does that also include paying attention to every movement? I really don't know. If you stretch out, in that moment you can become really aware of the he…
  • I think any advanced practitioner would refuse to comment as sharing attainments is something kinda taboo in traditional dharma. If it was helpful we could talk about it, but as it just engenders envy and un-useful emotions I think it's best to kee…
  • Quality over quantity frequency frequency frequeny
  • @federica well if the distinction is important to you, i offer my apologies, to me "sutta" and "sutra" are completely equivalent, just in terms of local language. the meaning transcending language. what is this "totally different calling" if i may…
  • Take refuge in the Three Jewels. @Burkan please read about the Preliminaries and engage in them as much as possible. Lay a solid foundation for when you find a spiritual friend to help lift the veils.
  • Hello @tlish I highly recommend you take a look at the Dhammapada. It is an early compendium of Buddha's wisdom and has many verses about living upright and nobly. In addition, you may be interested in reading the Metta Sutta (Sutta and Sutra ar…
  • I think it is natural that we experience the overwhelmingness of life until we have the techniques to understand and deal with what's going on. Or at least change or re-orient our view completely so that we have a clearer perception of what is happ…
    in Overwhelmed Comment by sova March 2016
  • @Fosdick said: I've found two particular techniques to be most useful - I encountered them when reading up on energy healing, but it seems like they must exist in other disciplines as well. The root chakra breath, and the circular breath - in…
  • @misecmisc1 said: does anyone know here what this mind-to-mind direct transmission of teachings is all about? please suggest. thanks in advance. Devotion via guru yoga
    in Mahamudra Comment by sova February 2016
  • There are tons of mantras my friend. Like @federica mentioned, if you are trying to cultivate a particular quality you can focus on a specific "embodiment" some of my favorites: namu myo-ho ren-geh-kyo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namu_My…
  • @lobster, @Kale4Dayz ... composting is the way! =D
  • Knowing that until enlightenment there are many many rebirths for the typical spiritual seeker is necessary... because you lose the fear of dying (something which has happened innumerable times to us until now) and you also see that in this life you…
    in Rebirth Comment by sova February 2016
  • I know you're asking about actual varieties. Here in the US there are Seed Catalogs like seedsavers.org where you can get a free magazine and you can see tons and tons of different kinds of veggies and fruits you can get. I think it is worth men…
  • Somebody mentioned: Change to me means, you we one thing and you turned into something completely different. (like turning from human to frog) There are grosser and subtler/ more refined levels of change. Consider an ice cube in your dr…
  • This is an excellent ted talk! Thanks for sharing this @person ! Cooperation is the way! =D
  • Please check out this amazing book I just ordered a couple of copies of. http://www.amazon.com/Dispel-Misery-World-Whispered-Bodhisattvas/dp/1614290040 "Offered here is the pith advice on mind training according to the great vehicle. This i…
  • Sitting practice is vital. Sit every day. Sit with the right intentions. Don't solve any puzzles while you're sitting. Just let the universe come into balance. The rest of your day, everyone you meet thereafter, and the rest of your life, will …
  • @Lionduck you got it. Makes me think of Buddha going to burning man... "how can I relate to these kind sentient beings yearning for truth?!" ... a truly worthwhile moti-contemplation.
  • @SpinyNorman said something about expectations Expect Nothing! =D Get in your carriage and take it down the trail. "Maybe it leads to a beach." May you always know the waves. Also: this is kinda a personal swift shot but I was stan…
  • @pegembara said: self-grasping is ... a thicket of views no doubt. how many arms does the universe share? maybe pass along the cookie and a cake will fall on your head one day.
  • @lobster said: Be kind. Yep. Good plan. Good outcome on so many positive levels. to quote a master... iz best plan.
  • it's all links, backwards and forwards-- need not overplay my part But due to the kind dakini's request... http://www.hermeticsource.info/adittapariyana-sutra.html
  • Once there was a man carrying a bunch of pebbles in a basket on his back. Having inspected all the pebbles for himself, he was certain they were all very valuable indeed. Sometime passed and a traveler said "hey, you don't have a pebble like thi…
  • If there is a self, we should be able to find it.