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Some of us have the resources to give or take or leave a legacy
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I believe that students of the dharma should be paid a UBI (Universal Basic Income). I believe they should use free rather than proprietary software.

I am pleased to report that my teacher paid all my expenses. As I am pretty low maintenance, it worked out OK ...

How much is the dharma costing you or donating to your well ... being?

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  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    For me the Dhamma is the gift that keeps on giving.

    I have a decent-but-not-encyclopaedic knowledge of Buddhism, and there was a lot which I filed under “interesting but meh”, quite a few things which were clearly beneficial, and a few things which were great. It’s the great things which have applications several times a day, and which actively make life better.

    Probably the number one is Ajahn Chah’s advice to “do everything with the spirit of letting go”. You never know how many burdens you carry, how many identifications you cling to, all the mental baggage you have, until you start looking, simplifying, relaxing, letting go.

    It’s a big part of getting rid of all the things that conditioned you.

    lobsterhow
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Sentient Being Oceania Veteran

    Bugger! I thought there were free jewels up for grabs ;)

    I have found Dharma practice is gradually unlocking the magic of the mind's ability to see things in a different light...

    lobstermarcitko
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    The streets are paved with cold gold. The skies are alight with bling. A grain of sand and glisten of droplets.

    unlocking the magic of the mind's ability

  • LionduckLionduck Veteran

    Each of us is a Boundless Treasure Tower
    Our lives each a treasure immeasurable
    We are all as old as the Universe
    And as young as the moment

    Peace to all

    lobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    I hear a local council in beam me up ScottyLand has banned, this book. Que?

    Well, if you need the book or know who does ... on same sex parenting and look carefully, you will find the publisher also offers a Free PDF version.
    https://www.booklifepublishing.co.uk/a-focus-on/same-sex-parents/

    Some people are jewels but not precious with their knowledge ...

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    You lucky Buddha dawgs ...

    Time to unleash the Ghosts of Buddhas yet to come ...
    https://activitypub.ghost.org/

    More jewels as available ...

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Here is a free to use temp jewel logo (for our new AI Buddha project) created with generative AI

  • LionduckLionduck Veteran

    If you wish to achieve Buddha, first you must accept you are human.
    An existance to be honored
    An adventure to be celebrated
    A treasure to be valued
    in all

    Peace to all

    Shoshin1lobsterpaulysotoo
  • pegembarapegembara Veteran

    If you wish to achieve Buddha, first you must accept you are human.

    If it looks, speaks and acts like a human, you cannot call it anything else, can you?

  • LionduckLionduck Veteran

    @pegembara
    Look again
    On the surface, it appears obvious. But accepting yourself to be human goes beyond the physical manifestation. Ordinary human beings do not arise from a Buddha. Buddha arises from the ordinary human being.
    Within you, me, all of us, is the potential to rise to Buddha or the fall the Demon King or anywhere between. You have the choice to polish your great gem, allowing it to shine, to brightly radiate it's light and warmth or to bury it, hide it from yourself and from the world.
    To accept that you are human is to recognize and accept that you have the responsibility and the freedom to change your karma for the better and thus positively change your bit of the world as you do it.
    It is as if you are on a ship being battered and knocked about by the Eight Winds like a cork upon the endless Sea of Suffering. Accepting you are human entails rising the sails and manning the helm, utilizing the Eight Winds (of seeming gain and loss) to navigate your ship across the same "Sea of suffering" to the great "Harbor of Tranquility".
    Thus to bring out from within the life states of Bodhissatva or Buddha.
    Another, less graphic way to put it is that to recognize you are human is to take control of your life from within, and choose to positively direct your life condition, regardless of exterior appearances/circumstances.

    At any rate, I hope I have no thoroughly confused you with my word salad.

    Peace to all

    lobsterpegembaramarcitko
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Exactly so @Lionduck <3

    I am glad you have never changed your name, that I am aware of. Being simple minded, if people change their name every 10 minute or twice in ten years, I get confused. Same with avatars (personalised logos).

    NA-MU-MYO-HO-REN-GE-KYO
    as the Nichiren say.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namu_Myōhō_Renge_Kyō

    Lionduck
  • pegembarapegembara Veteran
    edited May 14

    @Lionduck

    No worries. You do sound like a human =) on the way to something more or is it less?
    That is what awakening entails.

    "When asked, 'Are you a deva?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a deva.' When asked, 'Are you a gandhabba?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a gandhabba.' When asked, 'Are you a yakkha?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a yakkha.' When asked, 'Are you a human being?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a human being.' Then what sort of being are you?"

    "Brahman, the fermentations by which — if they were not abandoned — I would be a deva: Those are abandoned by me, their root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising. The fermentations by which — if they were not abandoned — I would be a gandhabba... a yakkha... a human being: Those are abandoned by me, their root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising.

    https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an04/an04.036.than.html

    At Savatthi. "Monks, I will teach you the burden, the carrier of the burden, the taking up of the burden, and the casting off of the burden. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak."

    https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn22/sn22.022.than.html

  • LionduckLionduck Veteran

    @pegembara
    Indeed, just as we stumble as we travel along the path we have chosen, we get back up, wiser and continue. Just as has been said, "When you carry the lantern, lighting the path for others, your lantern also lights the path for you."
    Let us carry our lanterns humbly and with purpose.

    Peace to you
    Peace to all

    lobsterhowpegembara
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Using a mic (cheap condenser microphone), a penguin (Linux) and AI (used to generate below text) created a podcast ...
    Is it a jewel or self-indulgence? Either way, it is what it is ...
    https://audio.com/lobster/audio/enlightenment-and-synchronicity

    "Synchronicity and enlightenment can be viewed from different perspectives. Taoism, religious beliefs, and Jung's concept of synchronicity all touch on the idea of things working out perfectly or being beyond coincidence. Some people use this to impress others, claiming special powers or abilities. In chaos magic, people harness the energy around them for magic. In Buddhism, enlightenment is the goal, and different forms of meditation are used to achieve it. Sufism and Kabbalah use a formulaic process to attune with a deity. In Tantric Buddhism, deities are seen as tools. Psychology also explores enlightenment, cutting techniques down to their core. The important thing is the experience itself and its impact on individuals."

  • paulysotoopaulysotoo usa Veteran

    i love my jewel camdodia. i love all my dharma countries the earth set up. i adore india darma seal. ty india help guide cambodia to be a world heritage with you.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Dear Friends of the virtually countless leaves in the forest,

    As we may know,
    The Buddha once told his followers that he only provided a few jewels of dharma. In fact, they were as infinite as the forests should be ...

    On mastodon, I regularly move to new servers or privately sponsored or housed in worldwide home computers or even phones, the cloud etc.

    In other words just like a Buddhist Cult, or Jain splitters or Hindu heretics, I have metamorphosised here
    https://mstdn.social/invite/ynPrCMom

    You have been warmed! ;)
    https://becoming-buddha.com/simsapa-sutta-a-handful-of-leaves/

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