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Kerome · Love, love is mystery · Veteran

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  • From the interview, it sounded to me like he had come to these thoughts pretty much independently. He certainly didn’t explicitly mention a guru or Buddhism, or even seem to link it to a spiritual train of thought. I think it’s not unreasonable beca…
  • It certainly is an interesting video. The whole thing made me wonder about taking up acting as an exploration of no-self.
  • I think in a way this is down to the internet, which makes it so easy for like-minded people to find eachother. In Europe perhaps more than in America these have resulted in political parties, there are quite a few new ones such as the Brexit party …
    in Politics! Comment by Kerome September 3
  • It seems this vid is now trending on YouTube, had 4.4m views and it has only been out one day.
    in The Egg Comment by Kerome September 2
  • I’ve always assumed they were meant to be taken literally, which is why i’ve always found them problematic. I’ve had different stances, but I tend towards the skeptic.
  • @adamcrossley said: But in daily life I do find it easier to spot than I-making. After reading that interview with Jim Carrey, perhaps method acting might be a way into confronting I-making. It certainly seems to have worked for him...
    in My-making Comment by Kerome September 2
  • Thanks for that, I enjoyed it! Maybe it is like that...
    in The Egg Comment by Kerome September 2
  • So, Bahiya, should you train yourself: “in the seen, there will be only the seen; in the heard, only the heard; in the sensed, only the sensed; in that of which I am conscious, only that of which I am conscious.” This is how you should train. — U…
  • The man who believes trees talk to each other
  • @adamcrossley said: And I suppose I started this thread because I’m having much less difficulty with my-making. It might be a good starting point for one’s practice of not-self. But if you had to move house every time you wanted to confro…
    in My-making Comment by Kerome August 30
  • @adamcrossley said: This is remarkably similar to my current situation actually. I hope you’re settled into your new home now. Things are still quite unsettled here. I have a great deal of uncertainty about my future work. The seemingly endless p…
    in My-making Comment by Kerome August 29
  • @shadowleaver said: Apparently now he is of the opinion that it is time to go beyond Buddhism and calling oneself a Buddhist altogether. Basically he is saying that he has learned what is useful and authentic in Buddhism and no longer sees any ne…
  • @pegembara said: The practice of letting everything go is mainly when doing maranasati(death contemplation) or when one is actually dying. It is the ultimate challenge in the sense that everything is actually going, going, gone. In the end, there…
    in My-making Comment by Kerome August 28
  • Thought this was fun... https://www.dharmacrafts.com/02_cb/childrens-books
  • @adamcrossley said: Adopting this attitude has already brought me some peace of mind. I wonder if anyone here has used something similar. I’m interested to know, how do you practise not-self? It puts me in mind of when I was moving house …
    in My-making Comment by Kerome August 28
  • Absolutely @shoshin... as I said in my thread on Edward Conze, a straightforward translation of what’s in the sutra’s shows a lot of supernatural elements such as the Buddha being born from his mother’s side, he has the 32 signs of the superman, peo…
  • @Kerome said: I’ve bought one of his other books, After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age, it seemed too intriguing to pass it up because in it he examines who the Buddha might have really been historically. This has now f…
  • @namaste4130 said: Well there is a Buddhist scripture about Angulimala where the Buddha tells him to "bear with it" because he was experiencing karma ripening now that he otherwise would have experienced in future lives. Someone on dhammawhee quo…
  • There are some references in the lore about animals that can gain enlightenment, so why not trees and plants? I remember reading a scientific article which said that cutting down a tree with an axe caused measurable changes in the physiology of othe…
  • I always feel rested listening to TNH’s talks. In the manner of his speaking you find the mindfulness and peace that he is so fond of.
    in Poem by TNH Comment by Kerome August 25
  • @federica said: I wouldn't call it a tradition, but I do honour and respect my immediate grandparents for the things I know about them; the lives they led, the children they had and the trials they bore.... I think that is more normal in …
  • I’ve finished the book, it was interesting. I’d recommend it as a tour through Eastern buddhism, if you want to see what is given to a monk to believe if you lived in say Nepal or Bhutan. It’s not necessarily something that’s going to immediately ap…
  • I think buddhists are generally pretty trustworthy... any one who has taken the precepts can be relied upon not to kill, steal, be untruthful, which is a pretty good start.
  • @littleal said: However in the end if more people were a bit less "kind" to themselves (spending money they don't have on rubbish, sitting on the sofa all day and eating too much chocolate) then the world might look slightly different No …
  • I’m not a great fan of labels, I’m always reluctant to say “I’m a ...” because it’s pigeon-holing, it creates a certain expectation, whereas I’m a unique human being and can be quite original. It’s tricky, sometimes I’m tempted to let the label do t…
  • @person said: I've been under general anesthesia, it was like I shut my eyes one moment and the very next moment I opened them and it was a day later. There was no sense of any time passing, no blackness, literally nothing. Yes, I’ve expe…
  • @yoda_soda said: Has Taoism informed your Buddhist practice? If so, in what way? Have you practiced Taoist meditation? More generally, how do you think Taoism can be practiced? I’ve found Taoism to be very peaceful, and in that way it qui…
    in Taoism Comment by Kerome August 22
  • You're so right about the shackles and about "sliding into" over-discipline. Strangely I find discipline very comforting and familiar, but need to be on the look-out for it becoming a prison! Perhaps I need to ask myself, "Is this helpful / skilful?…
  • For people are tied down by a sense- object when they cover it with unreal imaginations; likewise they are liberated from it when they see it as it really is. I think men are the most guilty of this with women. The other day in a beach cafe …
  • What are you? I think Lao Tzu said it best when he said, “The Tao that can be told is not the Tao”.
  • The book also contains a number of pieces about cosmological destinations, like a long description of Buddha Amitabha’s Pure Land, one of the hells, and so on. Interesting to see how all these things are described in terms familiar to us from our ea…
  • ‘Heroes become Buddhas with one thought, but the lazy people are given the three collections of scriptures to traverse.’ — zen sutra
  • Sometimes keeping to the Middle Way is not as easy as we might like, we can slide into overly disciplining ourselves or over-indulging in sensual pleasures. The monks eat just one meal a day, but what is appropriate for a Western lay person? I suspe…
  • On introspection... The fools are no one's friends, so have the Buddhas taught us; They cannot love unless their interest in themselves impels them. Trees do not show disdain, and they demand no toilsome wooing; Fain would I now cons…
  • This one I’d recommend as well... https://www.holybooks.com/buddhist-scriptures-by-edward-conze/
  • It’s funny... I was talking to my uncle today about being compassionate and generous. Here in Western Europe there aren’t that many demands on one’s generosity, there are very few beggars because the state’s social security system takes care of them…
  • I’ve attacked my beard with the new beard trimmer, on its shortest setting it’s now nearly all gone, bar a little fuzz. It will take a few attempts to become familiar with it, I think.
  • Letting go is actually a process that you come back to a few times, just as we occasionally get threads about it... you can try to mindfully find in your thoughts and your being all the places where you are clinging, where you are experiencing cravi…
  • @adamcrossley said: @Kerome said: Have you ever observed your body and state of being when coming out of sleep? I'm not sure that I have honestly. I think that moment always passes me by. How did you begin to notice it…
  • Suffering arises from clinging. Therefore for the mind which inclines to letting go, the path to enlightenment is very much easier. — paraphrased from the Buddha
  • This is one of my favorites @finnthehuman, you might like it
  • A song about going places... in Dutch...
  • It seems that despite my care I still didn’t word things gently enough. I wouldn’t say I detest theists, that’s far too strong. I try to make sure I detest nobody, and have compassion for everyone. I don’t think anyone deserves to be detested, whate…
  • @Dimmesdale said: I'm Homer Simpson, basically. I’ve always felt that Homer had a certain inevitability in his life pattern, pathos even. If you watch enough of the Simpsons you see him in many situations where that comes to the fore.