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  • I'm unsure about the dullness though. I have dullness too. I wonder if when clearly dull, we know it. At what point do we become alerted to a label, a description or perhaps a need for some more oxygen ... (cue walking meditation, chanting …
  • May I live fresh, solid and free. Fresh like a beginners moment. Solid, grounded, a steadfast tree. Free of attached uncertainties May I live
  • S.O.B Been widening my music tastes on the Hypemachine music app I use ... lyrics contain dharma health warning
  • Great advice everyone, hopefully something will gell. I particularly liked @genkaku advice ... My Sangha includes the Bodhi Dervish. People like Shams Tabrizi, the teacher of Rumi. It is never late to ask yourself “Am I ready to change my life, a…
  • Just remember you are not your thoughts. The thoughts are your tools, not the other way around. Got it! ... I mean I got it in a detached sort of way ... My thoughts are my most prized possession - yep worthless ... who wants to be possess…
  • @skyfox66 said: I guess I just want to be less angry since I feel like it's human nature. You and me both. Anger is a part of our complexity and present to lesser or greater degree. My experience is a lot of meditation or other outlets…
  • Not Sure What's Happening Welcome 🙏🏽 You could perhaps try the same uncertainty on this zen forum and/or use treeleaf the online community. Are you aiming to become enlightened, less of an angry, alien, doormat, nothing or something e…
  • Indeed @kando Yoga is very effective and noticeable. It is interesting the different approaches to calming/relaxing I have encountered. The most extreme is relaxation through exhaustion. The corpse pose is naturally relaxing/recuperating be…
  • Just about to do my yoga practice. Getting back into it has been fascinating. At the moment a running injury has surfaced into awareness and will gently be repaired in time. I don't do much and err on the side of extreme caution. I combine it with …
  • ... and Buddha begs
  • Depends what the medical condition is? You could move towards wrathful versions of the Medicine Buddha with guidance http://www.dharma-haven.org/tibetan/sadhana-medicine-buddha.htm
  • I do not know how to process this With a spreadsheet perhaps. I wonder if they offer special loan rates if I want to buy a lama? Come to think of it ... 🤔 All the imaginary lamas, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas I keep in a cupboard are dead …
  • The Buddha set up was based on limited options, possibilities and understanding. We live in a different situation. I prefer Civil Obedience. That is I obey civil laws. Imperialism and racism are not civil. In my country at the moment, I can …
  • These are the times that try your meditation practice to the limit Yep. Strangely hearing of @federicas and your real difficulties makes my present tension pale into insignificance ... I can solve mine with meditation and my new daily yog…
  • @Shoshin said: The ongoing practice of being mindful AKA Mindfulness helps us to see through their cunning seductive nature.... Indeed. Humility is not mawkish passivity, it is the recognition of others as of more importance than our bu…
  • What is referred to as "Buddhism" changed its stripes as it moved from here to there, but the tiger remains the tiger. The 'tiger riders' all have different stripes. As ever, we have different potentials, cults, cultural transplants, mas…
  • @Kaydeekay Some people come to a lama, guru, religion, practice, community for respite, rest, refuge and in my case recreation. What do they find? Ideally what they require and more importantly if available, a path of transformation or in som…
  • We need @Linc to sort things ... At the moment I have to go through the usual process but not post. Just grab the text and the image code. Then paste that into a new post (if uncertain use a notepad or similar to **first save ** the text in) Then…
    in Bugsy Malone Comment by lobster June 11
  • @Tosh said: Didn't Pema Chodron give a talk called 'this moment is the perfect teacher?' Maybe. 🤫 Maybe we can learn from the talks some never give. 'The faults of my imperfect teacher'. 😊 There are on newbuddhist and in life, many …
    in Teachers Comment by lobster June 11
  • Silence isn't necessarily condonement... Indeed. However the silence of the 'spiritual' heads of the Jehovah Witnesses and Catholics over child abuse makes their behavour indictive of hypocrisy and criminality. Being 'beautiful innocen…
  • @Vimalajāti said: I kept reading this as "cat flip". I kept wondering, "what could a cat flip possible be...?". A friend today was explaining how he had informed one of his work colleagues about how cats flip and land on their feet when d…
  • Here they both are at a book signing ... I collect imaginary Boddisattvas. I wonder if a few saintly nuns are available on the spiritual black market?
  • @federica said: Lighten up! We haz to glow? No sweat. I'm on it ... Might it be a pre-ceptic practice or should that be another post? “Be a lamp unto yourself,” Ye olde Light Wielder https://www.lionsroar.com/be-a-lamp-unto-yourself-…
  • CONIFA mmm ... games ... let me know who won ... better still don't bother ...
  • Thanks @ScottPen I am practicing to be a saint ...
  • The Soto approach is to sit around and do absolutely nothing, (the self gets bore and leaves) whilst the Rinzai approach is to f#*k with ones mind (the self becomes so confused it eventually packs up and leaves) ... Ay caramba! Perfect summ…
    in Soto Vs Rinzai Comment by lobster June 9
  • So in a way these things live within me still, they regularly arise in my mind’s eye. Tantric sadhana makes skilful use of our capacity for interior story telling. As examples: * The Lama is visualised, emotionaly intensified as the per…
  • Life’s Good. It is? ... yes it probably is when you have gratitude for: * fiends, friends and dhrama-rama-ding-dong Yesterday I reported a 'criminal heron' (it was stealing fish) to a policeman. He nearly fell off his bike. 'You wot?' …
  • An example would be if I was planning a surprise party for someone... Am I actually breaking the precept by witholding this information? And if that person were to ask me if anything is up, how could I respond to this without lying? Hello. W…
  • Good question be interested in others insights. Personally I find fantasy, art, films provide a trigger or insight into what my sister said recently: 'We are flawed - it's annoying!' In a sense most of the entrancement and enchantment indus…
  • Yum Yama She normally eats all the cake, with the words, 'You won't be eating that where you are going!' ... and scoffs the lot. Empty or not. Some Yidams ... still ... she sure knows how to throw a party https://bluejayblog.wordpress.com/201…
  • Loving kindness, humbleness, and an expanse/openness that is hard to explain is usually a tell-tale sign of all walking the path in a true and earnest way. Indeed. We need to look a little beyond the obvious qualities of egoic gaming spi…
  • The belief in dakini’s and gods and levitating monks is all very good and comforting, but where is the proof? You could argue it is harmless, but in a way it is filling the mind with dreams, and worse, dreams that could demand obedience... I…
  • Always knew you were a Jedi. @Jason in a recent thread, provides a very good quote on the fickle/f#ck-all nature of over whelming pain. It reminds me of a lame lama who was in a temporary state of Buddha Being due to excrutiating pain ... …
  • @Kerome said: Wait, do you mean to say I have to concentrate AND be mindlessly empty? And here I thought concentration always meant concentration on something... Tee Hee. Object orientated focus/concentration meditation is often prep…
  • And don't 'heretics' usually get repackaged as 'saints' at some point @lobster? Sometimes ... being non-kosher, Rabbi St Crusty is unlikely. Also my dervish fiends friends are probably busy being Allahified ... Being a Christian Beatitude is…
  • So beware emptiness indeed ... mind full of crap is even worse. Yes, that is the voice of experience In the early stages we create or fill space with better options. For example I no longer think of fish for no reason, unless somone m…
  • It all seems so counterintuitive It does. It is. Some of us are not intuitive, we are driven by logic. That is fine. It is important and useful. Developing our intuition can make us more attuned to 'processing without understanding', whic…
  • Wot no selfie? Did he like the high five and chocolate? When will he be advising us NewBuddhist hopeless cases?
  • @kando said: I write poetry and am an artist. Apart from that I'm reasonably sane. Yo! Welcome to all those unreasonably sane (does not seem so reasonable to be reasonable these days) 🙏🏽😉 Watch out for non kosher lobster who has moved …
  • @FoibleFull said: Dharma forever !! Sounds a little permanent to me Must be some mistake ... om gam ganapataya soha
  • Don't be intimidated. He is just a bloke in a sari with wide experience of meditation ... Everything will go fine. Get a selfie ...
  • Bring him dark chocolate. Ask why he is not on NewBuddhist ... has he no compassion? Wot? 😇 Iz his job ...
  • Great quote @Bunks The important thing is to move towards helpful (to us, others and society) kind and healthy behavour. The effects of trivial or vast efforts in this positive sila direction are also difficult to evaluate in some sort of karmic …
    in The 5 Precepts Comment by lobster June 4
  • Rumi was a Sufi, poet, pole dancer (sort of ... the whirling dervishes dance/circle around the qutb or pole - when they are not being banned for heresy). Rumi was not a Buddhist but what a bodhi ... Last night I begged the Wise One to tell me th…