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Kerome · Love, love is mystery · Veteran

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  • @Kundo said: @Kerome said: There is always a question with new religions whether they truly lead anywhere. There are always cults but for a cult to grow organically into a new religion would be quite difficult these days I think. …
  • @Jason said: Might I asked what teacher? His name is Niko Tydeman Roshi, he lives in Amsterdam where he leads the Zen centre. Here is the interview (it’s in Dutch):
  • @Lee82 said: Magnets from places visited is an inexpensive collection I do that too. When I go on holiday or somewhere special I will pick up a magnet, I keep them stuck to the front of my fridge as a reminder. My list of collections is s…
  • An interesting discussion on the 4NT and neurophysiology https://knife.media/brain-in-nirvana/
  • @federica said: I just wondered if anyone had found out anything they had come across for themselves that made them pause and re-think a deeply-seated belief or opinion, or made them halt in their tracks at such a discovery? I’ve basicall…
  • @adamcrossley said: How many centuries does it take to make a practice authentic, and therefore worthwhile? The question is also whether old is necessarily good? You could say older practices can have some value proven over time, but it i…
  • Interesting, the Wikipedia article on Yoga has a history section that traces the origins of Hatha Yoga back to the eleventh century. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga#History
  • I’d guess old age... my stepfather is nearly at this stage, he often forgets things.
  • When I was a programmer where the flow state is quite well known I found genuine flow (as opposed to just problem solving) to be a fairly rare state, and usually associated with executing a large chunk of vision in one go. It’s a fun state to be in,…
    in Flow Comment by Kerome February 17
  • Celebrate. Dance. Be creative. Enjoy being together. Make music. And afterwards do a little meditation together.
  • People are not unaware... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/14/bavaria-campaigners-abuzz-as-bees-petition-forces-farming-changes
  • I don’t think it will go that quickly... first thing is certain foods will get more expensive or disappear from the supermarkets, there will be more pressure from governments to recycle waste, and animals will become more rare. This will go on for a…
  • They are all different aspects of man’s effect on the planet. Over-hunting, climate change, pesticides, logging, plastic waste dumping. But in reality there are two root causes, one is overpopulation, the other carelessness towards the planet driven…
  • I read about this in the papers, there had been a general review study done which showed that insect populations were in steep decline. It’s certainly something that will have big knock on effects down the food chain. I suspect the blame lies wit…
  • A friend of mine was investigating the Tibetan Bardo’s several decades ago, and he was spending time in the Himalayas as an ascetic. He had a Buddhist teacher at the time who had transmitted to him the teachings on the Bardo, and one day he asked hi…
  • A question for you @person ... do you feel that an integrated worldview of various spiritual traditions is useful? It feels to me like any such endeavour would attempt to fit some kind of theory onto pretty disparate streams of thought.
  • I did a bit more reading through the integrated zen website, and it’s interesting how they position themselves, giving a relationship to Rinzai Zen, and even mentioning Roshi’s and priests. The main Wilberian influence I saw was a four quadrants sch…
  • Thought you might find this interesting... https://www.lionsroar.com/i-thought-i-was-alone/
  • @adamcrossley said: I go to the wisdom that usually inspires and encourages me when I’m feeling well, and it leaves me feeling empty, not in the good, interdependent way. In the hollow, everything-is-pointless way. Life is suffering —> …
  • No I understand that, but many more people play games these days on phones, tablets, pcs, consoles and so on. Making friends while playing collaborative games is something we do naturally, and maybe there should be more of a place for it. I think…
  • One thing though, there are so many people who have difficulty finding friends, perhaps if we have found a medium which causes people to band together — even if it is online games — we should think twice about discouraging it...
  • @tibellus have you tried a mindful examination of the roots of the problem? Often addictions are a mask for other problems, there is a mental habit aspect, as well as a physical nicotine addiction. By sorting out what plays a role for you a way to m…
  • This for me comes back to the mind. Ken Wilber is someone I came across a while back and I always thought that he is too much in the mind with his models and philosophies. To what extent is Buddhism or even the search for enlightenment driven by con…
  • In the trend of happy songs...
  • No problems viewing the pdf. I thought it was a good presentation, colourful and informative. I didn’t see any mention of the 4NT or 8FP but I don’t think it is necessary. For 8 year olds the focus on kindness is probably just as good. If you …
  • I remember doing Christmas presents for half my guild one time, wrapping up decent gems and sending them through the mail. Also various fads like the train set from the Toy Store in Dalaran. It was all good fun. But you’re right about it being an ad…
  • I played Alliance on a standard EU server, and I mainly played a Night-Elf Druid on a Healer/Balance mixed spec. I remember doing 40-man Ragnaros in the old days of Vanilla, but I did a lot of 5-man healing, it was easier to find groups that way. I’…
  • I played as well for a while, from World of Warcraft vanilla through to Cataclysm, and had similar experiences while I was a regular player. You can form quite close connections to people with whom you face these shared challenges, it’s a tribal thi…
  • @seeker242 said: "Only when you understand nothing is it true understanding” Speaking of moving beyond the mind...
  • Isn’t it so that when life decides to give you an unexpected event you get to find out where your practice has taken you? I’m having to move house (landlady decided not to renew the letting agreement because she wants to sell) which has been quite s…
  • @person said: My take is that Socrates was expressing intellectual humility. The more we understand, the more we realize that there is so much more that we don't know. I thought on reading the story that Socrates was expressing the diffic…
  • I’ve often wondered about this. There was a Zen story in which an uneducated dishwasher becomes enlightened... there are a lot of sayings about going beyond the mind, it all makes you wonder to what extent the contents of the mind are relevant. Cert…
  • @lobster said: @FoibleFull said: Until you experience it first-hand, it is only an idea. Insight is obvious. Wisdom is everywhere. Be kind. Simple. Are ideas valuable? It reminds me of a story... I have heard t…
  • @Jewel said: Any thoughts, comments, ideas, advice on anything I've said? My experience with medication is that as long as it’s something temporary that makes you feel spacey it doesn’t matter too much. For example with some operations th…
  • @person said: ...that existence is deeply profound and amazing, and at the same time completely ordinary... My dreams often carry this quality, where I’m doing ordinary things like working on a computer but at the same time there is this …
  • @Bunks said: Humans are like nature's apps. Eleanor Shellstrop - The Good Place I heard the other day that “humans are like smartphones, memes are like apps” which provoked a bit of humming and thought.
  • @Jeffrey said: *yes some Americans like their super bowl. we are world champions of it seeing as we are the only ones who play it. that increases the odds greatly Just like the World Series in baseball then... i’ll look at the recording…
  • Well, i don’t have a book recommendation for that but I do have a few ad-hoc comments. First have you got a meditation cushion? It just adds a bit of ritual to the whole sitting down to meditate to use an actual meditation cushion. Try to keep a …
  • @Shoshin said: @Amanaki said: Do you live in the present moment? The body is always in the present moment...so one could say yes the body does...Where else could it live ? However there's often a sense of the pr…
  • @David said: @Kerome said: It seems to me that desire comes from the past, from what you have known. It is basically a repetition, perhaps of a daydream or an illusion. I wonder what that would say about instinct. …
  • Much of letting go involves relaxation, but it is knowing what and where to relax that is the difficult thing. Finding the things one is clinging to is often not easy, as the effects of clinging often only manifest as fear and anxiety in the moment.
  • It seems to me that desire comes from the past, from what you have known. It is basically a repetition, perhaps of a daydream or an illusion.
  • @David said: @Kerome said: My insight for the day, on impermanence and no-self: when we die our atoms, the parts that make up our entire body, get recycled and reused by the environment. They have only temporarily been yours, after …
  • @person said: @Kundo said: But increasingly, people are evil sacks of shit cause they like it. I think I would say that rather than people becoming increasingly evil. I would rather say that a lot of atrocitie…
  • Why some Japanese pensioners want to go to jail http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-47033704 Amusing story about what happens when families break down and pensions are too low. An elderly crime wave of petty theft in order to be sent to jail.