Avatar

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Badges

Welcome home! Please contact lincoln@newbuddhist.com if you have any difficulty logging in or using the site. New registrations must be manually approved which may take up to 48 hours. Can't log in? Try clearing your browser's cookies.

lobster Veteran

About

Username
lobster
Joined
Visits
7,691
Last Active
Roles
Member
Points
11,308
Badges
34

Comments

  • Chanting that @kannon mentions is good. Here is my page on how it can work ... http://yinyana.tumblr.com/post/57234975984/buddhist-mantra-faqs
  • How has NB helped you and/or your practice? No. All I hear is favourite distractions. Problems. Meanderings and ... that is just me on a good day ... Please try harder! All help and inspiration most welcome.
  • Not sure if it is serendipity or zemblanity (unpleasant unsurprise) Maybe (Taoist/Zen story) There is a story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visi…
  • The Grail legend ... Buddha style
  • In fact, I am not meditating, I am just sitting. As distractions arise, I observe them. Nothing more. How pure and hard is that? This 'I' is a gibbering idiot, a distracted flow of monkey madness ... We can not meditate but we can just sit. …
  • Fascinating @Namada Some of the very athletic dancing moves are martial applications and similar can be seen in Afro-Brazilian Capoeira, which is also set to very vigorous rhythms. Another dance warrior style is cosack dancing ... and now back…
  • Swing backwards. Swing forwards. Monkey. Branch. Dharma Swing. "well I'll be a monkey's uncle"
  • ... if our entire planet blew up tomorrow, it wouldn't matter. It would to me ... I would have nothing to walk on ... I like very much what @Nirvana said. In Yogacara Buddhism (too advanced for me), they postulate that the entire u…
  • You could try: * Led meditations. That is where you follow somone elses focus. * Walking meditation. Following the attention to sensation * A koan. For example, 'what is the thinker?'. * Meditate with an online group, for example trealeaf.co…
  • @elcra1go said: I have been devouring anything that I can get my hands on... Chew!
  • Mind loops ARE something that we can influence as suggested. For those with deeply ingrained karmic grooves, strong medicine required. For example some just repeat mantra to drown out the underlying default murmer/noise of dukkha storm. For examp…
  • I think I gone dun wrong again ...
  • Well said @Bunks. Head space, emptied of kerfuffle. @federica and others express and experience much the same: If you seek the good and the benevolent - and manifest, in turn, such virtuous qualities, then much the same will be returned to yo…
  • @Sumangalo said: When I disconnect from the news cycle I find that I am a happier person. Bravo. No news is a good plan. Stepping outside our partisan and easily influenced self is an effort. Right effort one might say
  • @seeker242 said: "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is defiled by incoming defilements. The uninstructed run-of-the-mill person doesn't discern that as it actually is present, which is why I tell you that — for the uninstructed run-of-the-mill…
  • What have your experiences been with the kind of people on the spiritual path? They are often not (on the spiritual path). Those who are, may come in shades of outer ugliness or invisibility that might surprise the lovely hippies, beautif…
  • When will we learn ???? Some of us have. As individual Boddhisattvas (ideally) we make efforts on behalf of self, other and all semi-sentients - including heretics (lobster raises claw), the ignorant, the ignoble, the misguided, the hatef…
  • Tee Hee. Well said @federica "A certain person may have, as you say, a wonderful presence: I do not know. What I do know is that he has a perfectly delightful absence." ― Idries Shah, Reflections Ay caramba. What we need is a test for stu…
  • @Fosdick said: But emotion is sneaky, it easily arises without our being aware of it - one must always be mindful, always vigilant. Maybe when we are fully enlightened we can relax - but I wouldn't count on it. ... as a failed Tantris…
  • @grackle said: I have seen soldiers develop a high degree of mindfulness while in combat. They come back intact. But as young soldiers they are far from a spiritual path. They remain the same profane creatures as they were before going to war. …
  • Thanks guys. What is the point of being a nihilist? My choice is not to make meaning in a supposed nihilistic environment/universe but to align or take a skilful path. For example if we develop wisdom, compassion, metta, boddhicitta, gene…
  • Those who seek knowledge, collect something every day. Those who seek the Way, let go of something every day. Tao Te Ching Start anywhere. Never finish. Keep rereading. Understand new meanings. You can even read from start to start again ...
  • Hello Hope you stay with us for a long while. Your situation of possibly living your last moment was always the case. It is the case for everyone. You are just more aware of it due to having a very direct and constant reminder. So thanks for th…
  • Thanks @Jeffrey I was concerned about some of your posts lately which seemed a little strange (I know strange - it is one of my hobbies) However it also seems you can self diagnose and realise where an issue may be. For social development I woul…
  • Obviously, enlightenment is nothing ... special ... http://sped2work.tripod.com/fetters.html
  • @person said: We can find purpose and meaning even on a grand scale within our own human mind. I suppose ... The need for purpose and meaning is an attachment, like all conditional arisings it passes ... Ay caramba. Nothing/emptying (no…
  • I have high expectations of everyone here. I expect, in fact, I would demand if I could, no less than enlightenment. I need all the help I can get, I just don't expect any ... I iz such a failure ... funnily enough I am OK with that ...
  • Hi, welcome Open your eyes and continue. Is quitting for quitters and other dharma critters ... Very simply and basically, stillness comes after we carry on through the 'mind show'. Sit with those sensations for a while. Why are they too muc…
  • @person said: Traditional Buddhism offers a claim of an ultimate purpose but if in actuality there isn't one we can still adopt Buddhist principles to give meaning to our lives and find an inner happiness and peace. Indeed. Here is one w…
  • Arguments against theism, (not a Buddhist requirement). I feel without some of the superstitious and ignorant bits, Dharma offers pragmatic life skills.
  • Why Buddhism? The right toolkit ...
  • @CedarTree said: How is awakening related to the individual? Individuals awaken. You knew that? Tsk, tsk, picture of cushion coming up ...
  • No. However I read about reframing
  • Ay caramba! http://www.palikanon.com/english/pali_names/b/baahiya.htm Become arhat and gored and flung on the compost heap. Life sure is dukkha and no mistake ... 😱🤗
  • @CedarTree said: Bāhiya of the Bark-cloth with this brief explanation of the Dhamma, the Blessed One left. Many thanks @CedarTree ... Wot no advice on sartorial elegance for a man wearing a tree? I guess I am only seeing what I see?
  • @ajhayes said: Is "I don't know" an acceptable answer? Dunno Sorry, couldn't resist ... https://jackkornfield.com/practice-dont-know-mind/
  • Wonderful news @karasti Good luck. I was, in fact I still am, publicity officer and official cructacean for Puppy Linux, unfortunately being an open source project I was paid in emptyness. I am sure you will do better. The good thing was bei…
  • I agree with the not-blind leading those who want to see. So for example it is perfectly sensible to study, listen to sangha, gurus, lamas, a tree etc. but we must also keep our wits about us or we could end up with shaved head, orange robes an…
  • @grackle said: Though morality is one of the three trainings I was told this years ago. Without a proper foundation in and practice of Sila the other trainings cannot manifest themselves. Moral, ethical, kind behavour is not optional on t…
  • Welcome Sachingopal
  • Well said @vinlyn I feel our need to accept divinity, reject or use skilfully is much like the placebo effect. It is medicinal ... https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-power-of-placebo-how-our-brains-can-heal-our-minds-and-bodies/ I…
  • Thanks everyone. God™is good and Boddhisatvas, non-Allahists, Protestants and HH Dally Lama Trump are evil ... or is it the other way around? Are atheists or goddists mad? What is a cructacean to do? @Jeffrey said it well here: Kindne…