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  • Re: Supernatural energy/something bigger than what you have alone

    @Frosty said:
    In Buddhism, where is the source of the strength when you run out of it? We are all finite. There is a limit to how much strength we can harness and possess. What is the "other" part that gives us strength when we are seeming out?

    Compassion, I guess.

    I'm crap at doing things for myself, but a lot better at doing them for someone else.

    Even if I'm making dinner, if it's just for myself, I'll not really bother and put little or no effort into it.

    If I'm making dinner for others, it's a lot better.

    I think us humans are like that with most things.

    In the British army there only two soldiers have ever won the Victoria Cross twice. One of them was a medical officer who, during WW1, kept on venturing into no-man's-land, amid bombs and bullets, to drag injured soldiers back to safety.

    To get a VC, you have had to have risked yourself in a position where there was a 90% chance of dying, which is why these awards are normally given post-posthumously (when you're dead).

    In Korea they say a woman isn't very strong, but a mother is very powerful.

    Compassion is very powerful.

  • Re: Sleeping pills

    A quiet mind and a tired body are the two requirements for a good night's sleep. If you're not exercising, start, and if your mind isn't quiet, welcome to Buddhism.

    Hahahaha; I'm like an annoying Yoda.


  • Re: UK elections.

    @Hozan said:
    Speaking as an Irish person who wants continued peace in NI.

    I spent quite a few years in NI as a soldier during The Troubles.

    First tour was 1989 at North Howard Street Mill, just off the Falls Road. It was a typical 'hiding behind walls in people's back gardens' kind of tour. Getting spat at, bricks chucked at us, p-checks, house searches, sitting for hours on cordons, the odd shooting or coffee jar bomb; it was a very archetypal NI tour. I loved it; I was only 19 years old.

    Then I did two years with Force Intelligence Unit (NI) and worked in one of those 'funny sections' that did covert bomb disposal. It was a really facinating job and I met a lot of 'interesting people'. Some of the stuff Martin Dillon wrote about in his book "The Dirty War" was straight out of this unit.

    My last two years there was in RAF Aldergrove. A boring office job, unfortunately.

    I met and married a Carrickfergus lass too. She was very pretty, but was driven crazy (by me) fairly easily.

  • Re: UK elections.

    @Kerome said:
    It sounds like a hung parliament from the early results

    Yes, I agree, hang the ruddy lot of them.

    I'd like to see a bit less politicking and a bit more governing.

  • Re: Our original nature - Buddha or Mara?

    @techie said:
    In Buddhism, our original nature is Buddha nature. In Christianity (not in all schools) our original nature is sinful.

    In the Old Testament Adam and Eve were created and lived in the Garden of Eden until they ate fruit from The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

    Then they were cast out of the Garden of Eden.

    Smarter minds than mine say this is an allegory for our dualistic minds that label things as 'Good' or 'Evil' (bad) and it's this mind that casts us out of the Garden of Eden (a metaphor for an enlightened mind state maybe?).

    Buddha nature or sinful nature are - I would guess - empty of any inherent existence. Bad things don't happen to good people (or vice versa). What happens is that 'things happen to people' and our dualistic minds impute 'good' or 'bad' onto that event.

    I think if we could see through this dualistic mind, then anger wouldn't be there because we wouldn't label things in a negative way (or positive).