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Kerome · Love, love is mystery · Veteran

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  • I’ve found a session of vipassana also helps, most of the time. Focussing on mindfulness of the breath until stillness of the body, the mind and the emotions arrives, which persists for a good while even after you get up from the cushion and start d…
  • Yes wonderful! I’m surprised we haven’t had a flood of new discussions now that it’s sorted.
  • I know that feeling. But sometimes especially with insects it’s hard to avoid, I had a plague of little flies in my kitchen last year and in the end I deployed the vacuum cleaner and sucked them all up, which probably led to them dying in the dust i…
  • @lobster said: What are we bottling up? Flaming and trolling, anger, resentment or the good stuff ... Dharma is very simple ... Thanks @lobster for a moment of clarity. Often when interacting with the other we form complex pictures in o…
  • An interesting subject for the meditation on death. I assume that because she is sitting in Lotus posture that she is a nun? And the dharma wheel topic on post-realisation practice, it seems that practicing post the realisation of death is tricky
  • @person said: I think I'm mostly in agreement with you. I do make a distinction between some spiritual claims and others, I don't think they're all equally dismissible. (Snip) But I disagree that we should as easily discard it as we do creation s…
  • @Jeffrey said: Back to the question about if Buddha is a god I think one difference is that I think most everyone agrees anybody can follow the path and become an arhat by learning what Buddhist taught and then the Mahayana believes anyone can be…
  • @person said: Sam Harris is an atheist ally of Dawkins that has also meditated for many years. He would say that the elephant is the psychological transcendent spiritual experience that is common to all religious systems and not a truly existent …
  • Well done @Lobster, I’ve been there once too, found the game was overtaking me and ended up having to delete it for the sake of sanity. It was not easy, felt like removing a rib. So NewBuddhist bragging rights are definitely yours
  • Perhaps you’re right @bunks... On the practice cushion there is no God.
  • This was interesting, Tshering Tobgay who is the prime minister of Bhutan, talking about the country’s policy of gross national happiness and being Carbon negative...
  • My teapot collection is obviously not worthy... accumulated by accident when teapots refused to die while I had to buy a new one, I now have three.
  • As long as people stay playful and don’t take their gods too seriously, there’s every chance things will be fine. It decreases the likelihood of jihadists popping up...
  • Good advice but then say that you end up staying after things go legal. Then you have a very negative relationship with her, and you’re still in her house. That’s not a great end situation either. She offered termination in six months, and I’m serio…
  • @person said: @Kerome said: @person said: Of course we can't really say for sure, it is still possible that the world only came into existence 5 minutes ago with all our memories and physical laws in place. …
  • This might turn into a legal conflict... the landlady is not allowed to terminate the contract but is trying to anyway. It’s all rather stressful, and I’m having trouble finding the words to talk about it to the people who may help. Legal aid her…
  • @person said: Of course we can't really say for sure, it is still possible that the world only came into existence 5 minutes ago with all our memories and physical laws in place. Is it really possible though? How often do we see anything …
  • @person said: An additional factor to how attached you're feeling probably has to do with you being asked to move rather than you wanting to move yourself. Certainly that’s true... it gives you a shock that you might otherwise avoid by gr…
  • @lobster said: It can change you @kerome. Some books and films are life affirming and provide insight. Can anyone provide examples? Perhaps they can. They can certainly make you feel as if you’ve been changed. But is that a good th…
  • @federica said: @Kerome the problem is that you persist in insisting I view God as you do Until such a point that you permit an expansion and diversion from what you describe as the conventional image, there is nothing I can say that will giv…
  • @David said: @Kerome said: @federica said: @Kerome said: @federica said: As I said, narrow, imprinted, preconceived. You still confine God to those descri…
  • @federica said: @Kerome said: @federica said: As I said, narrow, imprinted, preconceived. You still confine God to those descriptions, but the God you describe and what God is, are distictly different. …
  • @Jeffrey said: But also everything can teach wisdom awareness. Ordinary things are categorized into mundane wisdom awareness. Dharma teachings are categorized as beyond mundane. Does that mean that any media can have both properties, du…
  • @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the wor…
  • @lobster said: Here is a list of ghosts I don't believe in: * Fish Ghosts * Reincarcerated Ghosts (Soles) I knew it would come down to fish at some point
  • @federica said: As I said, narrow, imprinted, preconceived. You still confine God to those descriptions, but the God you describe and what God is, are distictly different. Are you then going to provide us with a description of god which o…
  • @Jeffrey said: Many Buddhists believe in multiple universes but it is unclear if this is the 'real' universe because down the worm hole or rabbit hole of these beliefs taken to our culture some different ideas are introduced or questioned or what…
  • @federica said: You think he's right because you agree that God is imaginary, which merely displays how narrow, imprinted, and preconceived your notion of God, is. There are some concepts of God that I’m more sympathetic to — Spinoza’s…
  • There is quite a lengthy Wikipedia article on it which explains a few things, here... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trikaya I’ve found the buddhist material on Wikipedia to be sometimes useful, it often has at least an eye to what schools be…
    in 3 Kayas Comment by Kerome August 11
  • In a way every game created makes more dukkha, they all give you goals and imaginary problems to solve. And then they make you feel good by allowing you to resolve the imaginary dukkha, while in fact the real world’s dukkha remains unaffected, you j…
  • A lot of the Tibetan stories of the Bardo presume the idea of ghosts, whereas my understanding of what we are is focused on the skandha’s. It’s very debateable how these things hold together after death.
  • @federica said: No, they're not. @techie said: When a theist says there is a god, he is basically making an assertion about something. So it's natural that you demand evidence to substantiate such assertions. When an atheist says…
  • I just discovered that there is a Buddhist hospice for the dying in Rotterdam, which is not that far from me. Unfortunately it’s a bit too far (and expensive) to travel daily, otherwise I’d be tempted to spend some time there volunteering.
  • @Kundo said: @Kerome said: For a long time it has been a great trick of the Christians to switch the burden of proof, to ask people to have faith and to ask non-believers to supply proof that it wasn’t so, when in fact the burden of…
  • @David said: The thread started as a means for the O/P to take a shot at agnosticism (as outlined in the 21st post in or so) but it didn't turn out as he had hoped. Well “take a shot”, the intention was more to share the courage and sense…
  • I came across a Dutch artist named Peter Vos yesterday, and he made quite an impression on me. Here’s a sample of his work...
  • On a Dutch news site I saw an article which said “these kind of summers would be considered normal in 2060”, and along with it various speculations that the Earth may become a hothouse planet with large deserts which would be partially uninhabitable…
  • @kando said: Freedom of speech is a tricky one as the people most likely to exploit it are so often violent. I would use this forum as an example and wonder what it would be like without our awesome moderators? I reckon the forum would st…
  • I would start with the magazines... https://www.lionsroar.com https://tricycle.org
  • If it’s other people we are thinking of, and your phrasing makes me think that is so, then there are various tactics you can try. You can try reminding them in turn of a mistake they made, every time they bring up your mistake, to try and make them …
    in Letting Go? Comment by Kerome August 7
  • The problem is, all your current favourite mind-filling topics will come up in succession if you do that, and try to drag your attention away from meditation. Not very different from the usual, but perhaps even more effective at distracting yourself.
    in Splatter-mind Comment by Kerome August 7
  • I’m very bad at this, but I’ve heard it suggested that one should just limit “free browsing time” to a couple of hours a day at a standard time, ideally not before bed.
  • It’s difficult to raise standards, easy to lower them. All that it takes for things to slip is a bit of catchy jingoism, while to inspire people to take up right speech is hard. There is a never ending flood of words on the internet, and often those…
  • Tiramisu, panna cotta, and créme brûlée.
  • I wonder if it helps during heatwaves... kind of like tumo in reverse... “keep a Buddhist monk to power your refrigerator or ac” it’s only 10.30 in the morning here and it’s already very warm. They’re saying the water in the North Sea may reach r…
  • My mother heard she had COPD, which is a lung condition, which forced her to take the step to stop smoking when she was in her 60’s, after having smoked for 40 years. Personally I never took up the habit, I heard so many stories when I was young tha…