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Kerome · Love, love is mystery · Veteran

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  • Apparently Jiddhu Krishnamurthi was enlightened and despite 70 years of trying, did not leave any enlightened students. One of his dying comments was that people did not take enlightenment seriously... Osho’s comment on this was that enlightenmen…
  • Well I’m kind of awake... after all I did find Buddhism. But about the mahayanists, did they account for population growth? How long does it take for a Buddha to help someone become a Buddha, and does that rate of conversion outstrip the growth o…
  • I have a strict habit of only buying things I need, and I generally use stuff I own until it breaks, so catalog consciousness is largely unknown to me. When I read through a catalog I usually end up looking for things I didn’t know I needed, because…
  • @FoibleFull said: “Holding onto any truth blocks true wisdom. The truth could knock on our door and we would not see it because of our fixed ideas. “ Pema Chodron This is the Zen story about drinking tea in miniature. But I don’t thin…
  • Annihilation and a complete end are not to be feared, I feel, although I’m reliably informed they get more scary as one gets older. Really worse would be living in some metaphysical post-death reality as an outcast, a monster, a cripple or a slav…
  • @person said: I suppose I'm kind of a somethingist. I tend to place some sort of metaphysical quality on Nirvana. I kind of tend towards the same explanation but it has some pretty scary implications. The other view I like is the one that…
  • I find it ironic it’s dogs standing on them in the ‘dog pose’.
  • “You are the sky. Everything else, It’s just the weather.” — Pema Chödron
  • @genkaku said: Seems likely, but I'm not sure. What do you think? I don’t think it’s redundant, since it’s the way to distinguish skilful means.
  • Wicca was not such a bad creation, all things considered. It had the benefits of being cleansed of a lot of old junk, a synthesis of a number of respected lines of thought, and still similar enough to the old ‘witchcraft’ that a lot of would-be fema…
  • If it cant be undestood intellectually but needs to be seen as the nature of experience, then how do you get past the fact that most of our senses are externally oriented? We have many sources of perception but they all seem to be involved in placin…
  • It’s interesting because the internal and the external realities are at odds. Buddhism says we are a collection of aggregates internally, but at the same time we look outside and we are convinced by our senses of seeing, touch and hearing that there…
  • Yeah that’s very much the conclusion people are coming to here as well, that in reality a lot of political parties are about winning seats and votes, and not so much about doing what is right for the people in general.
  • Yeah but you usually only find democrats subscribing to this creed...
  • I liked this bit... “All thinking is imaginary because the person talking to you is imaginary. There is no self talking to yourself; in fact, there also is no “yourself”. Stay a time in silence. Do not accept these words; look for yourself for “y…
  • @karasti said: Definitely agree. My ex was a horrible self-medicating type who did what pleased him and not what was best for him. He added tons of supplements like St John's and Kava Kava while he was taking ADD stimulant meds and Paxil. Bad juj…
  • The world could do with more Thich Nhat Hanh’s, he has a great handle on peace.
  • You mean the river has to be crossed more than once? Rowing back and forth so to speak, each time heading back to a new ‘far shore’?
  • Drag it along for at least three months after reaching enlightenment, for sheer obstinacy value.
  • @JaySon said: Maybe there are psychics, maybe there aren't, but I'm pretty sure all these namaste people with their heads in the clouds aren't. If anyone is psychic, I'm betting he or she isn't talking about the moon's gravitational pull and how …
  • On the first sutra, I’d agree that the character of a man may more truly be known by his deeds than by his words. On the second sutra, the teachings of the Buddha are the truest impression we have of his mind. It’s not about a physical seeing. Th…
  • I don’t think it works very well, it thinks I was a human while I was sure I was a hamster...
  • No im not saying it isnt appropriate behaviour in some cases... it’s practical Wisdom and a good case of showing your boundaries in speech. But loving speech and reconciliation in Thich Nhat Hanh’s view, or what is said alongside the Noble Eightf…
  • I was watching his performance at the North sea Jazz Festival, he was doing Come Down on stage. I agree he was massively underrated...
  • The thing I have come to realise is that truth too is a raft to carry us over the river. It is an important tool to give us insight and create clarity. But there are very few truths that are universal, but those that there are are important axioms t…
  • It reminder me of the book, Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David Neale. She was an explorer in 1920’s Tibet, the first woman to reach Lhasa and the first to become a lama. She also detailed all kinds of magical practices such as long-str…
  • Whether a kick is physical or verbal, it’s still a kick, otherwise it is incorrectly named. But outside of raising children where is that the right response when people make an appeal on ones compassion? I find my compassion is more often engaged…
  • However on a spiritual level it could be true. Just as some people can fly in dreams perhaps our esteemed monks have learned to levitate in the spiritual dimension...
  • There are Tibetan monks who claim to have levitation powers through mastering the breath. I rather doubt they have met with much success though, gravity does not have much respect for spiritual advancement.
  • @Carameltail said: But did you not gain something from helping your friend and helping the world? Yes, I did gain something, I gained good feeling, but if I were to try to measure that or put a number on it I would get nowhere. Also that …
  • @federica said: 'Being good' isn't always demonstrated to others as being good. Sometimes, giving someone a metaphorical kick in the behind, may not seem 'being good' to others, but what you're doing is basically distinguishing between Idiot and …
  • @genkaku said: As long as you don't imagine you are doing "good," that's probably pretty good. There is the trap of “doing good”, but I think compassion covers more cases than that. If I see a homeless guy, I sometimes toss them some chan…
  • @Carameltail said: Doing the good for others can be good if it doesn't come at a cost to yourself I would say. Doing good in a way that still at least some extent benefits yourself is important, we don't do stuff for the pure cause of benefiting …
  • @JaySon said: Tibetans like to say that Tantra is the only vehicle that can allow you to attain enlightenment in a single life and that, otherwise, it would take a few eons of collecting merit. Yet we've seen others in recent years attain …
  • @JaySon said: There is no Donald Trump. Donald Trump is an angry twitter-bot who happens to have been elected president.
    in Trump Comment by Kerome January 30
  • I just find it too handy to have maps, whatapp, weather predictions, telephone and music in one device. Still quite attached to my iPhone 7 even without Facebook.
  • @Snakeskin said: @David said: There is nothing wrong with ignorance unless it is willful. And actually, thinking ignorance is the enemy only makes it harder to accept that we may be wrong and could in fact hinder the lear…
  • The thing that I have found over the last few days is that a commitment to seeking internal truth is essential to overcoming aversion and delusion. This goes beyond just being honest, but actually seeking out truth and rectifying falsehood. I feel t…
  • For the record, i maintain social media accounts largely for show. I spend a little time on twitter and a lot of time on forums, and thats it. I find Facebook largely a waste of time. But forums are a place where you not only contact people, you …
  • For me these kinds of things only come when I’m half asleep, although when I meditate I sometimes hear a fragment of voice. Sometimes it’s insightful. It’s known that too much meditation can kick off a psychotic episode for those who are vulnerab…
  • I think too it is important to make one’s own discoveries - to measure, be scientific, observe the behaviour of your own body. Not everybody’s body is the same, our genes and background differ, and so our needs are individual too. But I think LCHF i…
  • Do you mean to say that seeking new things in the world is not necessarily unskillful? I think there is a difference between seeking the dharma — as the Buddha did — and seeking to accumulate material things... seeking to explore the world more is s…
  • It’s interesting, for me this was a turning point, recognising that I could be wrong and that insisting on always being right was a form of refusing to see inner truths, about oneself and others. I think for the first time in many years it led to…
  • I have to say my experience agrees with Federica’s viewpoint here, LCHF can resolve many dietary difficulties and the research seems convincing. I’ve tried it several times in the last 20 years and each time it led to significant weight loss, which …