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  • Re: Curious about the Jhanas?

    When you put down others you put down yourself.

    ... a lot of people think I should be put down, or at least barbecued ...

    In a similar way with sufficient concentration or py-jhanas we can elevate ourselves as an example of being ultra-spiritual (one of my hobbies)

    Yep I can be a real dick

    ... and now a message from my sponsors:

  • Re: Buddhism, making judgments and not judging

    @Kerome said:
    ... I have found so many cases where with the right insight the urge to do something that would be wrong vanishes, and suddenly the natural choice reveals itself...

    <3 Exactly.
    Initially this conforms to ethical, moral and value based behavour, based on upbringing or choosen ideals. That for most of us involves kindness, forgiving, compassionate behavour. 'Tough love' comes later. So we can to a degree show the stages:

    • Best for me: seen in toddlers, Trump and the emotionally stunted

    • Cooperative: win-win emotional trading, seen on Facebook, maturing teens, most social animals

    • Altruism: found in parents, mature adults
    • Inspirational: from Sangha, committed spiritual people
    • Saintly and enlightened behavour: not always apparant
  • Re: Simple Path

    Every platitude religious path is simple in essence. Is it skilful? In other words does it provide more than slogans and sound bites to convince the mind and heart? We know Buddhism does. Though many practice a simplified dharma, we usually require a range of stories, experiences, impacts, exposures, studies, practices etc as a permanent Middle Way.

    The instant paths of mahamudra, chan and other fast paths
    ... are best started with, then abandoned if not workable as quickly as possible ... ;)

  • Re: Buddhism, making judgments and not judging

    "Don't keep searching for the Truth;
    Just let go of your opinions."

    (see here).

    IMHO Exactly so.
    'You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit the views, which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.'
    Dr Who
    Seems pertinent now that powerful Trumpe (tm) ignorance is altering facts ... or trying to ...

    There are facts as well as we can know them and our opinions. We can always find an opinion contradicting ours, implying duality. Discernment is knowing when a stated opinion is an appropriate/skilful impact and when an ingrained karmic pattern ...

  • Re: Just for fun: the random, useless announcements thread!

    tsk, tsk

    You do not have to hear the music, for the sound to be singing ...
    Thus have I read ...

    And in the naked light I saw
    Ten thousand people, maybe more
    People talking without speaking,
    People hearing without listening,
    People writing songs that voices never share
    And no one dared
    Disturb the sound of silence

    And here for the musical version ...