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  • 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 …
  • "Creating" beliefs? IDK. But in the debate about "nature vs. nurture", in the study of personality development, I think there's a 3rd option or source that they're not taking into consideration: past lives. I think some of us (all of us?) come int…
  • @ScottPen said: I was involved in a traumatic situation this past Sunday. Usually the mind-racing that I experience during breath-awareness meditation is neither pleasant nor unpleasant. Yesterday and this morning I was unable to meditate. Vivid…
  • To address the quote you posted above, OP; the Buddha also had nuns in his movement. He didn't exalt male monasticism over female monasticism. That came later. Also, the Buddha had householder-followers who did reach Enlightenment, demonstrating th…
  • @adamcrossley said: So, are spiritual entities like devas and dakinis real (i.e. living beings existing in some other plane of reality) or symbolic? In the Zen Studies Podcast, Domyo Burk says: In Mahayana Buddhism, archetypal …
  • @Jason said: Another thing about the suttas I discovered is that there's a lot of humour in them as well. The Buddha was an expert at word play, especially puns (which don't always translate well into English), and many of these were in reference…
  • @Jason said: When I first became interested in Buddhism, it was through meditation at a local temple. My knowledge of the teachings came mostly from the daily chanting we did. After that, I got curious about the teachings themselves and bough…
  • @WesternBuddhism said: Hello, how can I incorporate achieving things in the world- e.g. money, sporting, as well as enjoying these things fully without attachment while practicing Buddhism? There's nothing wrong with achieving things in t…
  • @adamcrossley said: @lobster said: Would Eastern Buddhism even exist without Greco-Buddhism? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greco-Buddhism The term 'yogi' is often used by Tibetan monks to describe their practice ev…
  • OP, I wasn't aware of that book. Thank you for posting about it. I'll look it up; it sounds interesting. Harrer is equating the practice of yoga with Buddhism. There's a lot more to Buddhism than yoga, and how is he defining "yoga", anyway? That…
  • The Buddha taught that there's constructive, "virtuous" hope/desire/goal-setting, that helps lead us toward Liberation, and non-constructive desire, that contributes to the cycle of samsara. Seeking to improve oneself, to adhere to the precepts, pra…
  • @Kerome said: @Dakini said: @Kerome said: Certainly from a Buddhist perspective Osho had shortcomings as a teacher, such as not taking a stand on right speech or ethics. Osho’s teaching was not bud…
  • @Kerome said: Certainly from a Buddhist perspective Osho had shortcomings as a teacher, such as not taking a stand on right speech or ethics. But labelling him a sham teacher also does not quite hit the mark... he undeniably had a potent magnetis…