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  • Tenzin Palmo says this about her life in London, before she travelled to India to be ordained. On the one side I was this frivolous, fun-loving young woman and on the other I was serious and “spiritual”. I would vacillate between putting on my…
  • Hi @LittleAl, I have definitely experienced this too. I wish I could offer my own advice based on the experience of overcoming it, but it’s still something I encounter almost every day. For example, during Vassa this year I have been trying to…
  • @Kerome said: 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. Can't decide which category this belong…
  • @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? i’ve found there often is a clar…
  • Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment. —Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
  • Incidentally, I’m currently applying to be a postman. Hopefully this isn’t a scenario I need to anticipate.
  • @Kerome said: Weeelll... there is a reason not to believe in God. Believing comes at a price, which is obeying Gods representatives on earth. All kinds of things not to do, for fear of being punished in Hell. I didn’t really mean that act…
  • @Kerome said: You can’t prove a negative, but there is no need to accept the absurd. There is the famous case of Russell’s teapot — Bertrand Russell posited the existence of a teapot in orbit around the sun between the Earth and Mars, and said th…
  • If, after obtaining Buddhahood, anyone in my land gets tossed in jail on a vagrancy rap, may I not attain highest perfect enlightenment. -Gary Snyder, ‘Burning’
  • @Kerome, I think you're right in that religious knowledge can only be experienced and can't be proved by a third party. That does set it apart from scientific knowledge. But I still think we use the words "belief" and "superstition" in different way…
  • Sounds really interesting, @Kerome. It’s so good when you find an author you connect with like that. Buddhism without Beliefs is on my reading list, as is Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist. Stephen Batchelor is a guiding teacher at Gaia House whe…
  • Gaia House, one of the UK's most popular Insight Meditation retreat centres, is starting an online sitting group today: https://gaiahouse.co.uk/online-sitting-group/ The newsletter says the meeting will start at 7pm, but the website says 8. I …
  • @Kundo said: Yet they remain open-minded while a lot of people call their practices and beliefs superstition. That's pretty rude IMO Well said. Surely “superstition” is just a derogatory word for beliefs we don’t personally hold. Is ther…
  • I have inherited perfectionism from my parents on both sides. It’s inescapable. Imperfections are certainly necessary for art and religion to exist. What would life be without them? Can the Heaven of the Abrahamic religions really be a perfect…
  • @federica said: International entente cordiale...? I googled this and am even less sure of your meaning @federica 😂
  • Bravo @lobster! Really enjoyed that. The previous one about the freebies though... so long-winded with such a small payoff... it was perfect
  • @Kerome said: Still, there are proponents of secular Buddhism but somewhat of a dearth of teachers. And I think you will see relatively few sangha’s if there are no teachers. Lots of secular mindfulness teachers and sanghas communities. I…
  • Are you a secular Buddhist ? On balance I'd say no. Despite the fact that Buddhism is first and foremost a method, and not a set of beliefs, it still occupies the same place in my life as a theistic religion. Or so I imagine. Buddhism is a r…
  • "Foolish people think that if they help others first, their own benefit will be lost, but this is not so. Beneficial action is an act of oneness, benefiting self and others together." Zen Master Dogen, Bodaisatta-Shishobo
  • A woman once came to Mahatma Gandhi with her little boy. She asked, “Mahatma-ji, tell my little boy to stop eating sugar.” “Come back in three days,” said Gandhi. In three days the woman and the little boy returned and Mahatma Gandhi said to the lit…
  • I’m not sure that’s completely true @Kerome. There’s still a huge population of ascetics in India, mostly in the Hindu/Yoga tradition but that was true of the Buddha’s time as well. In fact there’s arguably more ascetics now than ever before: …
  • Finally, I think in relationships, you create an environment with your own work on yourself, which you offer to another human being to use to grow in the way they need to grow. You become the soil, moist and soft and receptive, so the person can gro…
  • Aditya hridayam punyam sarv shatru bena shanam. “All evil vanishes from life for him who keeps the sun in his heart.” This is a Hindu mantra, originally in Sanskrit, translated by Ram Dass.
  • @Kerome said: 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, oft…
  • @Kerome said: 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 K…
  • @Kerome said: 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 meri…
  • I think Dogen said somewhere: Just as Enlightenment is infinite, Practice is also infinite. If anyone knows the exact quote, I’d be grateful to read it.
  • pdf, is that prajna-density fibreboard?
  • Seems like a deep book, @lobster. What did you get out of it?
  • @Bunks it makes me wonder, how many (or how few) times in my life have I performed “true giving”? Probably not so many. Maybe we need another category like “pretty good giving”, which would be giving what one would rather keep. It may not be needed,…
  • Well @person you’re appreciated here just as you are. And I can sympathise with your situation, as I’m also in work that’s “below my intellectual capacity”, but for me it’s about the quality of life rather than the pay grade. Keep on keeping on
  • @federica Hmm... nothing seems to be to everyone’s benefit in a primary school. But thank you for your saying that
  • Asked [...] about enlightenment, Suzuki Roshi said, 'Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened beings; there is only enlightened activity.' If you think you are enlightened, that is not it. The goal is to let go of being anyone special and meet ea…
  • @Bunks said: Hi Adam, I practised Tibetan Buddhism (Gelug tradition) for a number of years before settling on Theravadan. I still find inspiration in that practice and refer back to the Lamrim on occasion. What about yourself? …
  • I’m always pleased to see a new post on this thread I’m curious @Bunks — all of your quotations so far have been from the Pali Canon or Theravada tradition. Do you take inspiration from anywhere else?
  • @Kerome said: 😂 Sent to my whole family via WhatsApp. Thank you @Kerome
  • @Kerome said: the original asubha contemplation is not ideal. The Buddha was not infallible, shock horror Good point. It’s very interesting that he gave a teaching, it failed, and then he chose another teaching. Is this upaya in action? …
  • I had to use my firm back today to break up a fight at the school where I work. One boy was on the floor and another was really going for him. I can sympathise with others who’ve posted here that have been involved in violence in the past. Obviously…
  • My instinct is very much to prefer “bodies are miraculous” to “bodies are repulsive”. “The human body is beautiful.” [...] “Accepting your body is crucial for your peace and freedom. Every human being is born as a flower in the garden of…
  • Brava! Well put @federica ☺️
  • @person, you’re comment reminds me of a talk I heard at Gaia House, from Yanai Postelnik. He spoke about this mudra, which the Buddha is often depicted using: The left hand is offered gently, as a symbol of the open heart, while the right han…
  • I think in modern English, happiness can stand for the ultimate happiness (however you might choose to term that), and it can stand for relative happiness, part of the natural flux of human emotions. If you look at the way it’s used in Bhutan, a …
  • Access to Insight is such a god buddha-send 🤦‍♂️
  • @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 common. One method …
  • I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Vesali in the Great Wood, at the Gabled Hall. Now on that occasion the Blessed One, with many lines of reasoning, was giving the monks a talk on the unattractiveness [of the body], w…