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  • Re: Does the source of wisdom matter to you?

    Does the source of wisdom matter to you?


    "Therefore, did we say, Kalamas, what was said thus, 'Come Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, "The monk is our teacher." Kalamas, when you yourselves know: "These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness," enter on and abide in them."

    ~The Kalama Sutta~

  • Re: Is Chattering a good thing?

    @techie said:
    Just for clarification. I meant inner chatter, not making small talk with other people.

    If you mean monkey chatter ie, the racket ( non-stop chatter) that goes on inside ones head...Then I would say

    Monkey chatter is neither good nor bad but "thinking" makes it so

    A tamed monkey mind is a good friend, and can be quite helpful if you give it a task to do ie, put one's mind to it but a wild ie, the untamed monkey mind, will get one into all kinds of mischief....

    "My mind was once full of noisy monkey who really liked to chat-
    never stopping for a minute even when I sat…

    One day a wise Lama who meditates did say-
    'There is a trick that you could use to make them go away!'

    Well I was all ears I wanted to know what was it I could do-
    to be rid of those pesky monkey who had made my mind a zoo…

    He said 'Just concentrate on your breathing that should do the trick-
    paying more attention to the present moment will make them feel home sick.

    They will slowly leave through your nose or mouth and dissolve into the air-
    leaving a place of true contentment - a mind without a care.'

    Well it did the trick, I concentrated on my breathing and my mind became quite free-
    an inner peace now fills the space where monkey chatter used to be!

    However, I do like all sentient beings, even monkeys who liked to chat-
    but they can take their gossip elsewhere-for I’ve had enough of that !!!"

  • Re: Free at last ...


    One could say that to be free is to become comfortable with "groundlessness"

    ”Transient alas; are all component things,
    subject are they to birth and then decay
    Having gained birth; to death the life flux swings
    Bliss truly dawns when unrest dies away !”

    I feel the earth move under my feet

  • Re: Buddhism, vanity and sexual conduct?

    My body is my temple ... however, it needs a bit of renovation every now and again :winky:

  • Re: Dharma Practice....Changing the Mind where it Matters...

    @lobster said:

    I am lucky living somewhere that is possible. <3

    Ah,,,a secular society..... what a godsend :wink: :lol: