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Kerome · Love, love is mystery · Veteran

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  • You’re right that in India it might still be there... I guess it really depends on where you live, and a modern European ascetic might first take a flight to the Far East or to South America. Although I suppose visa’s and papers might get in the way…
  • Perhaps there is less room in today’s world to do what the Buddha did, which is withdraw from normal society and go live in the forest, meditate until you find the answer. There is no society of ascetics here today, and there seem a lot more pressur…
  • @Dakini said: In the case of the people on the forum you described, they're mistaking a drug high with genuine Enlightenment, which is about non-attachment, insight, and compassion; qualities you don't acquire by popping a drug. It’s inte…
  • @Shoshin said: I'm a fan of any teacher whose words ring intuition's bell...and believe me ...there are many I totally agree. It is not surprising how very diverse teachers have different perspectives to add on the same truths. What I re…
  • There is also an excellent podcast called Ram Dass, Here and Now. There’s a variety of topics such as Journey into Innocence or Motives to Meditate... they are older talks with a modern introduction, provided by 1440 University, often about an hour …
  • I’ve always liked Ram Dass, I last saw Ram Dass, Going Home, a documentary about him and how his life is now on Netflix. He is definitely coping with old age and has some caring people around him. I’m still waiting to see Dying to Know, the other do…
  • @federica said: I don't think there IS a perfect answer, @adamcrossley , I wasn't implying one-to-one was, because for every pupil who you'd teach in a one-to-one system, you'd need the correct teacher. Frankly, I know that's far too big an 'ask'…
  • Buddhism seems split into two streams. One for those who seek enlightenment, where they practice and verify what they learn through their own experience, and are encouraged to become monastics. The other for those who just seek merit and a good rebi…
  • Being lost and being not yourself is a wonderful state to be in... it is a great freedom to wander and experience new things.
    in Sense Of Self Comment by Kerome July 19
  • Funny news on abc, you really get a feel for the Australian outback when you read things like “she said i’ll see you later to her boss and made tracks”
  • My uncle on being told of the Bristol Stool Chart’s existence said he was aware of a Type 8 which was totally off the end and turned people into complete arseholes. Go figure.
    in Funny Stuff Comment by Kerome July 17
  • @Shoshin said: Shit happens Yes but what kind...
    in Funny Stuff Comment by Kerome July 17
  • A word of wisdom from a spiritual friend who spent several years up close with Osho: “Mystics are not these quiet, gentle creatures. If they really set out to teach they can be tough, devious and clever.”
  • @Angus said: Ajarn Chah said :- throw all the books on meditation in the bin , turn off all the gadgets . The best book for understanding meditation is the heart ! I love the spirit of the statement, but I think meditation books do have a…
  • @lobster said: As for these 'perfect puddin' buddhas ... about as rare as Mermen ... 🌈💗🙏🏽 Well quite, it’s very possible to set the bar too high, especially in a self-improving, idealistic tradition like Buddhism. You miss out on people w…
  • It’s interesting that the asubha meditation also changes one’s view on loved ones, or at least it did for me, the little bit I practiced it. It’s not just sexual desire that it alters but for example my view on my mother’s aging body became differen…
  • The Tao that can be told is not the Tao. —Tao te Ching
  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: But he might still look as if he is acting maliciously, look at say Marpa’s tasks for Milarepa before he would teach him the dharma. Getting him to build a tower and then break it down again three time…
  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: we are trying to fit them into a certain straightjacket while just maybe they are the most ultimately free people. I don't think that is the case. An enlightened mind has certain qualitie…
  • It’s a good quote @seeker242, but it does occur to me that by expecting our wise people to exhibit “good bodily conduct, good verbal conduct, good mental conduct” we are trying to fit them into a certain straightjacket while just maybe they are the …
  • I was doing my volunteering today and I was helping a man who usually never gets out of his home to come to the neighbourhood social centre to drink some coffee and have a chat with people.
  • I’ve mentioned these before but they’re still good... https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ https://www.positive.news/ https://thecorrespondent.com/
  • I also in another forum came across a character who called himself “Buddha” and made a thread asking “enlightened and why is the Buddha not welcome in the Sangha?” He was quite petulant that Buddhists were not falling over themselves in their haste …
  • If you sit and draw a line from something you’ve seen to your “self”, you’ll find it’s impossible. We are not the body, there is no eyeball, where is this “you”?
    in Sense Of Self Comment by Kerome July 15
  • in Funny Stuff Comment by Kerome July 12
  • From Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now... A Buddhist monk once told me: 'All I have learned in the twenty years that I have been a monk I can sum up in one sentence: All that arises passes away. This I know." What he meant, of course, was this: I…
  • I came across a funny story... A man went to see a famous Lama, who had been in retreat for twenty years and was held in great respect for his accomplishments. Accidentally the visitor stood on the Lama’s toes, and the Lama became furiously angry…
    in Funny Stuff Comment by Kerome July 11
  • @adamcrossley said: My instinct is very much to prefer “bodies are miraculous” to “bodies are repulsive”. Thats very understandable. But “bodies are miraculous” also is a little short of a complete description. I think TNH’s saying is …
  • Well, it was just part of the quoted text. And let’s be honest, genitals in general are a bit dangly, inelegant, awkward and repulsive
  • @adamcrossley said: @Kerome what about the Body Positivity movement? I think it’s very common today to have a lot of desire for others’ bodies, but mostly disgust for one’s own. I’m not saying this is everyone’s experience, but it does seem to be…
  • My find for the day... https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/thig/thig.14.01.than.html
    in Study guides Comment by Kerome July 9
  • I think in particular in response to lust it is interesting. When we see a beautiful human being we see certain proportions, shapes and curves, the glow of healthy skin and muscle, a sufficiency of fat but not an excess. These things do not represen…
  • @Shoshin said: Happiness is............ A healthy body.
  • So what would you say was the difference with your brother? Was he more physical, less oriented on reading? What made him unsuitable to the unschooling method?
  • I bet your childhood was a lot more pleasant than that of most kids at that age, too. Thanks for the insight @Quidditch.
  • I did Tai Chi for a while, as a meditative movement form and so not so much as a martial art. I thought it was pretty complementary, it was somewhat akin to walking meditation in how it’s approached, but a little more complex in the mind because you…
  • Thanks for the long piece about real life sangha’s @foiblefull, it’s much appreciated. @FoibleFull said: Words just cannot convey most of the Buddhist teachings, so if we don't understand something, we just need to keep on doing our practic…
  • @pegembara said: You can also argue that there is no person there in the first place. You can, but it’s a bit superficial don’t you think? It’s clear that at the very least conception is a moment of discontinuity, where at a certain point…
  • I came across this today in a Lion’s Roar article by TNH on the doors of liberation... We think we are born and we have to achieve something before we die. Suppose we draw a line from left to right, representing the course of time. We pick one…
  • Thanks @federica, its good to have a more knowledgeable take on this. It seems there are various groups around the country for this kind of thing, and a lot of meeting up is done at Not Back To School Parties (NBTSP’s), so the parents do support eac…
  • I’d agree with that, @david. For some things it doesn’t matter so much what you believe, but when it’s as core as what happens to us personally after death, then it has a lot of consequence on how you live your life, and it’s a good idea to insist o…
  • I think one has to view the Pāli Canon in the context of its times. It contains all kinds of references to Mount Meru being the centre of the universe and the sun and planets circling around it, six realms for rebirth and 31 realms in the cosmos, pe…
  • It depends on how non-votes are treated, and so it varies with different places around the world. Here in the Netherlands the system is proportional representation, the total number of valid votes is counted and then the divider is calculated, and t…
    in Politics! Comment by Kerome July 1
  • @adamcrossley said: @Kerome said: So yes, rebirth does tend to be seen as an important tenet of Buddhism. I’ve even seen people write that what Stephen Batchelor believes is no longer buddhism, because of his stance on this subject.…
  • It’s a topic I am interested in as well... it’s curious that so little has been written about the connections between the natural world and our own spirituality. I’ve yet to come across a good book about it.
    in John Muir Comment by Kerome June 29
  • Well, how much does our memory form our personal inclinations? As a baby there isn’t much there beside sleeping and holding on, even smiling we learn. Almost everything we learn from social contact. I’d say all that and more is born from the body, a…
  • So yes, rebirth does tend to be seen as an important tenet of Buddhism. I’ve even seen people write that what Stephen Batchelor believes is no longer buddhism, because of his stance on this subject. But I still find I have questions around rebirt…