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- Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:06 am
- Forum: Ethical Conduct
- Topic: 5 precepts. Alcohol?
- Replies: 203
- Views: 24462
I don't recite the precepts, but set intentions based on applying the precepts in my daily life. For example, these days I'm more into right speech. Now, if I was planning to drink at lunch, I might set the intention to abstain from alcohol before noon. Because I think it's important to cultivate th...
For more than 50 years now, we in the United States have been gradually reducing children’s opportunities to play, and the same is true in many other countries. In his book Children at Play: An American History (2007), Howard Chudacoff refers to the first half of the 20th century as the ‘golden age...
- Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:51 pm
- Forum: Engaged Buddhism
- Topic: How to find the balance between compassion & serenity?
- Replies: 10
- Views: 2792
Serenity can happen by anchoring yourself in the present moment. So, there is compassion, and there are acts of compassion, and the suffering arises from attachment to the desired/projected results of your compassionate acts. The present moment has an interesting feature of permanently letting go of...
- Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:06 am
- Forum: Meditation
- Topic: Breathing practice and physical damage
- Replies: 4
- Views: 1613
Sound vibrations bother me aswell, as I live near a busy street, but I guess I found a way to live with them. Something that is often helpful for body discomfort is metta. Cultivate loving-kindness for you, your body, the areas of your body that feel more tense and make sure you include the sources ...
- Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:36 pm
- Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
- Topic: Food, diet, health
- Replies: 14
- Views: 4172
I can try to suggest some alternatives, but your list of restrictions quite challenging, primarily, because is based on avoiding certain foods, instead of listing what foods are allowed. Do you have a rule about what/why you are avoiding exactly ? Is there any mention about salt /sodium ? Are you tr...
Point being that on any thing, there is an infinite number of perspectives. And all of those perspectives are incorrect or "empty", in the sense that neither one fully grasps, comprehends the "thing". No, this is not what the term "emptiness" describes. No, I'm not describing emptiness there, but t...
Is Ego afraid of Emptiness? Ego is not a thing, and emptiness is not a thing. If you ask the question this way, it may create confusion thinking that the Ego and Emptiness are entities chasing after eachother. But the Ego is not a thing, and Emptiness is not a thing. Shortly, Emptiness is the fact ...
- Thu May 26, 2016 10:11 pm
- Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
- Topic: Online Teachers - Possible or Necessary?
- Replies: 17
- Views: 2592
From my personal experience (I've followed an online course teaching Vipassana meditation), a teacher's help is needed for many reasons, one being learning to balance certain factors of the mind: confidence, effort, mindfulness, concentration, wisdom. Especially at certain stages in your practice, a...
- Tue May 10, 2016 9:07 pm
- Forum: Meditation
- Topic: "Insight" implied by Vipassana meditation
- Replies: 6
- Views: 1860
Where do thoughts come from,abide,dissolve etx Through insight you discover the clarity aspect of mind,the cognizance.Through further training you recognize their alternating nature and their non duality and practice sustaining that. If that's what you do in calm abiding meditation, that is quite V...
Why is talking too much in general bad for practice? It's bad for others, disrupts their peace. -especially in relation to meditation? Talking too much is related to thinking too much. Also, disrupts the breath. From a TCM book, says it's not good for the immunity and that opening the mouth allows ...
- Wed May 04, 2016 7:43 am
- Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
- Topic: Questions about Mindfulness
- Replies: 22
- Views: 2521
1) If I am someone with a high degree of spiritual development, when I am meditating, should my toughts stop The thoughts can stop, without being "spiritual". You might just be sleeping or be a pigeon. And I hope any pigeons reading this won't get offended, I don't really know if pigeons think, I j...
- Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:08 pm
- Forum: Ethical Conduct
- Topic: Is this considered lying?
- Replies: 35
- Views: 6991
What I said above: because there is no claim.If he or she wants other people to believe she wears real jewels when in fact she does not. Why is this not considered deceiving?
Wanting is wanting.
Deceiving is deceiving.
Why would wanting be deceiving ?
- Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32 pm
- Forum: Zen
- Topic: STILL experiencing issues re posture
- Replies: 17
- Views: 2915
Can you explain exactly where you experience pain and how the pain evolves during your session ? Is it your leg or your sitting bone / bones ? Are you experiencing pain while sitting on a chair aswell ? If pain is related to any sitting position, there is no relationship with half lotus, or is it ?
- Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:27 am
- Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
- Topic: Was denied recorded teachings, thoughts and emotions run wild
- Replies: 26
- Views: 3793
Nevermind the 3 days of recordings, you have a much greater opportunity to learn with the current situation how it turned out. Some people spend years doing insight meditation, to have a revelation such as you got. For example, I was lucky enough and found out through insight meditation that I'm ang...
Actually, in reality you only have the mental image of the picture of an orange. Your mental image is neither a picture nor an orange. See ? That's the problem ... I have a mental picture, and everybody else taking part in the discussion has a different mental picture. And that's not the problem, t...
Well, the problem is the confusion ... In reality, the picture of an orange is not an orange, it's a picture.conebeckham wrote:That's a very bare instance of "naming"--it's definitely prapanca, but I don't believe that's what people find fault with.