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At 8 months pregnant I can't sit still for more than 5 minutes before I have to go to the bathroom. So now I meditate lying down, which is ineffective because I can't lie down for more than 5 minutes before I have to go to the bathroom.
V problematic to my daily practice..
Walking meditation is good and TNH has several books on different ways to meditate while accomplishing chores, errands or even the most mundane tasks.
No health problems as far as I can see...
For my part, I had three pieces of sweet potato, oven roasted and topped with Philadelphia cream cheese, and 2 small portions of cod loin, lightly sauteed in ghee, for dinner.
For lunch, I had my home-made tempeh (marinated overnight in yummy sauces) with mozzarella balls and sun-dried tomatoes, and an iceberg lettuce salad. My oh my, life is good.
The 5th precept states it is skilful to avoid intoxicants or substances which can affect the working of the mind.
I really don't give a flying whatsit if people - specifically Buddhists - more specifically, those who follow Buddhism here - choose to drink, smoke, have coffee, tea, or do recreational drugs, of whichever type.
Anyone can argue their stance, preferences, likes or decisions all they want.
The 5th precept is quite clear.
If you choose to violate it, that's your choice, up to you, go for it, knock yourself out.
But don't try to justify it, or infer that it's ok, fine, not harmful, or doesn't affect you "much".
It doesn't matter what your reasons, they just don't wash.
You either adhere to the 5th precept, or you don't.
Nobody is obliged, one way or the other to justify their own personal decisions.
If you do, you do. If you don't you don't.
Choice. Karma. Consequences.
Up to you.
I think this ranks as "a troublesome topic" alongside vegetarianism, porn, and abortion.
If anyone else has something of extraordinary importance to add, feel free to PM me with the transcript.
All entries considered fairly and squarely.
I have the utmost respect for him, and consider him to be an inspiration. Not THE inspiration though. I am not a committed devotee of Tibetan Buddhism so I consider him a wise example and an intelligent and erudite being. But I don't necessarily agree with everything he says or all of the policies he holds.
One of the saddest things I saw was the death of a kingfisher which did exactly that; flew bang hard, right into the window of the Reception office, of the campsite I was overseeing, when I lived in France.
I hadn't realized how large they were; less sparrow, more blackbird. Or how truly wondrous its plumage was.
It was quite dead, but still warm as I cradled it in my hand, and took it to a wooded hedgerow, leaving it hidden under twigs and leaves. I left its small body to Mother Nature, to do with as she wished. Doubtless something good...