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by underthetree
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: indian food
Replies: 66
Views: 8809

Re: indian food

I really love Keralan food. If you have a halfway decent Indian grocery nearby it's surprisingly easy to replicate the flavours at home. Unfortunately my better half loathes curry leaves but I've found that lemon balm (melissa) makes a very good substitute. The one thing I didn't really get when we ...
by underthetree
Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist parenting
Replies: 16
Views: 2760

Re: Buddhist parenting

Welcome, Cheryl. As the parent of three adopted children, I can say that it's an amazing thing you are about to do. Challenging, terrifying, wonderful, life-affirming... Pretty much all-encompassing, really. If I could give you one single piece of advice, it would be to let go of all your preconcept...
by underthetree
Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Scientific Evidence for Rebirth
Replies: 31
Views: 3365

Re: Scientific Evidence for Rebirth

I hover between skepticism and the experientially reinforced suspicion that individual consciousness arises in all pervading, beginningless and endless mind like a ripple in water, is reabsorbed, rises again. Which, as Huseng says, is unlikely to be provable under laboratory conditions... ...althoug...
by underthetree
Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Ole Nydahi and Trungpa rinpoche
Replies: 81
Views: 14639

Re: Ole Nydahi and Trungpa rinpoche

Your main concern should be whether the group you choose is going to deliver authentic dharma teachings to you as their main and indeed only priority. I don't know very much about either of these two organizations but it's plain that a good deal of their energies go into maintaining their distinct i...
by underthetree
Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Would you say that mdma experience of all out love is valid?
Replies: 17
Views: 3047

Re: Would you say that mdma experience of all out love is valid?

If you take a drug experience as a touchstone for spiritual practice, you will always be trying to recreate something artificial. At the very best, it will be like taking the most perfect food and slathering it with MSG. Or staying indoors and watching a sunset on Youtube while the world is glowing ...
by underthetree
Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Departure
Replies: 36
Views: 5147

Re: Departure

Malcolm was saying things that people didn't want to hear. DW is beginning to manifest the same anger, aggression, cultural and intellectual xenophobia that is afflicting the world outside. Inevitable and understandable, but a bloody shame nevertheless.
by underthetree
Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why did you choose Buddhism?
Replies: 98
Views: 11808

Re: Why did you choose Buddhism?

Not the most interesting story, but it is mine. I think it is an excellent story! :twothumbsup: I remember as a child flicking through a brand new encyclopedia my parents had brought for me (encyclopedias were fashionable back then since there was no interent (and/or Google) and I stumbled across a...
by underthetree
Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: What do you sit on during meditation?
Replies: 48
Views: 7617

Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Outside I sit on a folded towel on whatever rock or log takes my fancy. Indoors I use whatever comes to hand - a rolled-up camping mat at the moment. This is more a result of being broke than hardcore asceticism... Though whenever I've sat on a 'proper' meditation cushion I've found them extremely a...
by underthetree
Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:43 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Buddhism without a teacher
Replies: 34
Views: 6188

Re: Buddhism without a teacher

You will read the numerous wrong views from devils who can spout some dharma words but have no teacher, no lineage and no realization. Trust and believe that the spiritual friend is the entire path. Hum, isn't it also true - equally as true - that the teacher is not the first person to come along. ...
by underthetree
Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Buddhism without a teacher
Replies: 34
Views: 6188

Re: Buddhism without a teacher

"find a teacher and you will know". This is true. But teachers come in many, many forms. I practiced for a few years without a teacher and now I've found one. I don't think my teacherless years were spent in the wilderness at all. Every experience was valuable. The books I read informed me. The mis...
by underthetree
Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Bates method, natural vision improvement -- discard glasses
Replies: 2
Views: 2053

Re: Bates method, natural vision improvement -- discard glasses

Floaters aren't imaginary, btw. They are imperfections in the vitreous humour. Quite an interesting phenomenon in themselves. The eyes seem to be one of the last areas of the body to relax. The body scan technique helps. Certainly relaxing the muscles of the face works. In my limited and humble expe...
by underthetree
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Thamal gyi shepa vs. baby rigpa vs. rigpa (etc.)
Replies: 40
Views: 10701

Re: Thamal gyi shepa vs. baby rigpa vs. rigpa (etc.)

monktastic wrote:Should I practice this anyway?
Well, it works.
by underthetree
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Bridge between Heart and Mind
Replies: 38
Views: 4765

Re: Bridge between Heart and Mind

Tanmart22 wrote:and how repeated positive responses strengthen new pathways that create a stronger self.
You might indeed have a few problems with that on a Buddhist forum.
by underthetree
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:53 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Thamal gyi shepa vs. baby rigpa vs. rigpa (etc.)
Replies: 40
Views: 10701

Re: Thamal gyi shepa vs. baby rigpa vs. rigpa (etc.)

Out of interest, did you follow ChNNR's last retreat? If so, you received direct introduction. I would suggest downloading the Guruyoga book here: http://www.shangshungstore.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=455 . Then you'd have a complete practice to be getting on with. Having spent quite a bit of ...
by underthetree
Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.
Replies: 172
Views: 18003

Re: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.

Raksha wrote:Dechen, you can line up with the monks of ancient Nalanda, thousands of them kneeling in rows, while someone walks along the line beheading them with a scimitar.
I had the vision of each of those monks worrying about the executioner's karma in the seconds before the blade fell.
by underthetree
Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Loneliness and Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 1246

Re: Loneliness and Buddhism

You are not alone: you are deeply connected to everyone and everything. Don't let loving-kindness be contrived and conditioned by circumstance. Just let it flower.
by underthetree
Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Thamal gyi shepa vs. baby rigpa vs. rigpa (etc.)
Replies: 40
Views: 10701

Re: Thamal gyi shepa vs. baby rigpa vs. rigpa (etc.)

I'd also add: relax. Relax, relax, relax and keep on relaxing. :namaste: Thanks, that's a valuable addition. As I mentioned, I'm happy to relax -- particularly if I know I am not on a completely mistaken path! (And relaxing while doing this on retreat for the past few weeks seems to be doing someth...
by underthetree
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.
Replies: 172
Views: 18003

Re: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.

Has anyone else noticed a kind of peristalsis of intolerance on this forum? A dog whistle post will go up about gender orientation. That will blow up. As it's dying down, another dog whistle will sound about a certain quarter of monotheism. Rinse thoroughly, then repeat.
by underthetree
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:35 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.
Replies: 172
Views: 18003

Re: Buddhist temples destroyed in Bangladesh.

gregkavarnos wrote: In Greece we say that a camel sees and criticises the misshapen humps of other camels, but not its own.
Or as my Greek granny used to say: the donkey calls the cockerel 'big head...'
by underthetree
Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Thamal gyi shepa vs. baby rigpa vs. rigpa (etc.)
Replies: 40
Views: 10701

Re: Thamal gyi shepa vs. baby rigpa vs. rigpa (etc.)

I'd also add: relax. Relax, relax, relax and keep on relaxing.