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  • Also kids must not listen to jazz http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/cultureshock/beyond/jazz.html Watch twatter based pResident Evil or indeed play games, meditate with Lamas or grow up ... I think I got this child rearing all wrong.
  • @yagr said: In a past life, I did not value myself. Today, I am worthy of love. Every day. Start with yourself. Then you are worthy to love too ... Iz masterplan! Is metta bhavna sadhana.
  • Yesterday I came across a book I did not know I had ... A Book of Wisdom and Lies A Sufi book, parts of which may come from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchatantra and the jataka tales the Buddha told ...
  • One of the most important friendships is with the sangha. Spiritual friendship. I trust the enlightened with (Spoiler) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalyāṇa-mittatā
  • Feed someone or find someone to feed you Seems like a plan. If @Shoshin's contract hit is successful, roast Santa? Not what you meant? Reindeer sausages and gruel? Ganachakra sadhana? https://ganachakra.com/category/practice-for-others/
  • But the world is full of people, and finding a good retreat is no longer easy. The yogi cave, the full world and the good retreat is a state of imagination cushion Mind. More riches: * Peace and quiet. My cushion is silent * Shopp…
    in Riches Comment by lobster December 15
  • @Kundo said: Sadly sequels are usually never as good as the first (except Deadpool 😂) Indeed. The first Deadpool was a love story, the second a family film. 🙀 @Kundo we have to go to the Buddhist naughty corner and start digging our w…
  • @Kerome Less is more. It really is. Most serious spiritual path walkers are ascetic. Becoming a troglodyte is not required or even beneficial for many of us. Hope you find a suitable retreat ...
    in Riches Comment by lobster December 14
  • I feel the debate @federica mentioned, especially Stephen Fry's speech very interesting for its transformative effect. So the question of platform is what someone does with it, not who they are ... Some have t-Rump sized ripples and some start wi…
  • I feel @person video of scrooge in reverse was very sad I recommend a holiday film 'Bad Santa' and its sequel (adult film, not suitable for miners)
  • I started watching The American Meme. Did not get very far. Maybe I am too shallow ...
  • @lobster said: Ay aramba I am richer than the three jewels ... I caramba! I forgot the sea ... an ocean of riches ... Enrichment and empowerment is the plan, independent of circumstance/karma as @Buddhadragon mentions. Here is ano…
    in Riches Comment by lobster December 14
  • Very interesting posts friends https://www.alanpeto.com/buddhism/understanding-buddhist-christmas/
  • Independent objectivity. 🤹🏽‍♀️ In other words, I try and listen to what is said rather than the saucy source. Most of us are susceptible, I certainly am, to celebrity/siddha/religious sorcery. 🤷🏿‍♀️ My mental and emotional faculties need indep…
  • I hope you see your half sister @nakazcid I think it is the hypocrisy of enforced sociability. If that is your nature, as @Buddhadragon mentions - wonderful. Otherwise gruel and one Skype call will do me. Most of my family are in Spain this Chris…
  • Right concentration. 🧘‍♀️ If we have a percentage of mind that wanders ... We need focus and attention on our more helpful tendencies that @paulyso mentions. My mind? I just don't have a mind of my very own ... However I have a plan. Focus…
  • @Bunks said: Ignoring it as much as I am able...... That's one way. I get infected. All that hysterical cheeriness and buying ... I manage to avoid. Won't somebody please think of the children Helen Lovejoy
  • Gosh, I forgot I had a family. Mostly crazier than me but still ... Also forgot to mention ... we purchased a new inverter/flatbed combination microwave, which arrived yesterday. All the Buddha had was an empty bowl.
    in Riches Comment by lobster December 13
  • Perhaps I should try harder to follow the traditional path to enlightenment, but I don't know that I can. There is a traditional path? Nobody tells me nothing ... The Buddha was so non-traditional, he started his own path ... I see a lit…
  • Should I feel guilty for having more than some of my fellow men? Some feel guilty for having less. That too is poverty. Should I give it all away like Tolstoy? Did he write for free? Now let me consider how rich I am: *…
    in Riches Comment by lobster December 12
  • If there's non-self, if we cannot control our own minds, if even wanting and craving are just concepts... Que? What does this mean? ...what would Buddha make of someone like Ted Bundy? What would you make? A nice pie perhaps? …
  • Willy Wonka is real! Buddha be praised ... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/12/chocolate-factory-leak-smothers-german-street-paving
  • The drawback about being too mindful is that it does not always render repetitive monotonous chores easier to endure. Quite the reverse for me. Remember friends, despite the current fashion for commercial mindfulness (better focussed work…
  • @SE25Wall said: how much of your thinking is "mindful", i.e. "actively" (of course actively is inactively - no striving!) practicing mindfulness? None. Good question. Is it just when you feel disturbed? Is it just when you are …
  • I like to have slaves and servants. For example I keep a closet full of Boddhisattvas to serve me dharma. I eat enslaved animals (I iz too wikid). I welcome my enslaved demons to feed on my bad karma, fear, anxiety, illnesses, duckha etc. …
  • @person said: "...being dragged is the path". Why does that have to be so true? Most of us need to be baptised stream entrants to stop dragging our spiritual side stepping tootsies. Now that I bow to the Buddha in the river, there tends t…
  • @ktc2 said: Specifically, I recall the Buddha saying he was once a cliff face of rock in a past life. I always assumed this was intended as parable in the same manner Jesus used parables. Never heard her say that. Next we will be hear…
  • Here is one of a Jain strolling in heaven ...
  • Thanks everyone I feel we are getting to the heart mother of the Zen Cohen ... Yes contrary to expectation but also encompassing more than the binary petals of the complete flowering
    in Paradox Comment by lobster December 10
  • Tee Hee! Well said @nakazcid. We all experience adversity/suffering/dukkha/trumpy thinking ... but it is in our karmic ability lion/Buddha roaring to frighten the wool off the sheep.
  • When my mind (whatever she is) is clear as a gong, I know how to thunk ... https://www.uwosh.edu/facstaff/barnhill/244-intro/paradoxes-in-buddhism ... however clarity is star light and we are our Sun To put it another way: star dust has sw…
    in Paradox Comment by lobster December 10
  • The mind is like ... Science is on it ... very informative leading edge documentary https://www.cheninstitute.org/en/minds-wide-open/ @Fosdick said: The mind is a big ball of 100 billion interconnected neurons that need to be re-wired. …
  • It ain't necessarily so. One of the traits of Buddhist Dharma and bad mysticism is holding one viewpoint ... Holding opposing, contrary and even more than three viewpoints, can be beyond our capacity but not necessarily impossible ... This is…
    in Paradox Comment by lobster December 9
  • Our dukkha seems pretty real to us. Which is unreal. @SE25Wall said: ... just calling on and then staying with a modicum of awareness is often enough to move into calmer waters. i had spent a life time on "self improvement" befo…
  • Dear Satan šanta, i haz bin gö0dly ... 🦞
  • @Buddhadragon said: Some days we cope better than others... Some days we are the embodiment of equanimity and others, it's back to square one all over again Tee Hee. Snakes and ladders as @federica mentions ... Matthew 10:16 (include…
  • @Bunks said: Define mind? To me it is just bare awareness. What you're describing above are thoughts. ... thoughts are what we pay little mind to ... Bear awareness is just another thought ... but bare awareness is Mindfulness or Mind/Bu…
  • There is Dukkha? I am gonna build a sukkha ... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukha Wait wrong one ... I needs one of these Sukkahs ... wonder if Ikea does them ... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukkah What was the question again ...
  • What a lovely omen. Indeed. Amazingly noticing the mundane wonders, seems to unfold a further blooming. The magickal comes to be noticed. Why or how I don't know 🤷‍♀️ But it do. It is some kind of resonance or attunement ... 🌈💗🙏🏽🕊
  • Be true. Be kind.
  • @Vimalajāti said: Still, how beautiful can nothing be? Very. We open the fridge. A light goes on. Food has colours. The unusual event is noticed. The magic is always present ... Very.
  • Thanks @pegembara Relaxed mindfulness, regular attentive attention in our favoured posture eases into ... feeling 'extreme' well being. What did we think Buddhism is about? ... a good start/by product/temp inspiration ...
  • @Shoshin said: Is honesty always the best policy? Wise integrity is a best expression policy. One method of right speech is Noble Silence. However speech is only one component of honesty. Here are some others: * An honest or genuin…
  • Thanks for the crazywise documentary recommendation @Kerome will check that out ... Some great resources on their site https://crazywisefilm.com/resources/
  • @Buddhadragon your excellent recommendation reminded me of the documentary about Jiro ...
  • I guess I will lurk here in my basement for a few more days, and feel grateful that I still have a place to do so. We used to dream of a basement ...