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by SeeLion
Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: 5 precepts. Alcohol?
Replies: 203
Views: 18419

Re: 5 precepts. Alcohol?

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...
by SeeLion
Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:57 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: the decline of play
Replies: 6
Views: 1433

Re: the decline of play

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...
by SeeLion
Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How to find the balance between compassion & serenity?
Replies: 10
Views: 2009

Re: How to find the balance between compassion & serenity?

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...
by SeeLion
Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:06 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Breathing practice and physical damage
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Re: Breathing practice and physical damage

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 ...
by SeeLion
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Food, diet, health
Replies: 14
Views: 3479

Re: Food, diet, health

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...
by SeeLion
Fri May 27, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: EGO
Replies: 14
Views: 1154

Re: EGO

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...
by SeeLion
Fri May 27, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: EGO
Replies: 14
Views: 1154

Re: EGO

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 ...
by SeeLion
Thu May 26, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Online Teachers - Possible or Necessary?
Replies: 17
Views: 1859

Re: Online Teachers - Possible or Necessary?

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...
by SeeLion
Tue May 10, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: "Insight" implied by Vipassana meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 1444

Re: "Insight" implied by Vipassana meditation

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...
by SeeLion
Thu May 05, 2016 5:11 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Talking Too Much
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: Talking Too Much

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 ...
by SeeLion
Wed May 04, 2016 7:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questions about Mindfulness
Replies: 22
Views: 1752

Re: Questions about Mindfulness

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...
by SeeLion
Tue May 03, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an external object?
Replies: 33
Views: 3064

Re: What is an external object?

I think that if you look at the flowerpot and know it to be a mental visual representation, that's an internal object.
by SeeLion
Sun May 01, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an external object?
Replies: 33
Views: 3064

Re: What is an external object?

Anything, a pencil, a person, your foot.

This statement is kind of obvious, no need to look for something complicated.
by SeeLion
Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is this considered lying?
Replies: 35
Views: 5341

Re: Is this considered lying?

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?
What I said above: because there is no claim.

Wanting is wanting.

Deceiving is deceiving.

Why would wanting be deceiving ?
by SeeLion
Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: am i "suffering"
Replies: 32
Views: 3305

Re: am i "suffering"

Dear friend, you don't exist.

There is only the belief that you do which arises and ceases, moment by moment.
by SeeLion
Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: STILL experiencing issues re posture
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Re: STILL experiencing issues re posture

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 ?
by SeeLion
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Was denied recorded teachings, thoughts and emotions run wild
Replies: 26
Views: 2727

Re: Was denied recorded teachings, thoughts and emotions run wild

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...
by SeeLion
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Intellectualization
Replies: 89
Views: 8322

Re: Intellectualization

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...
by SeeLion
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Intellectualization
Replies: 89
Views: 8322

Re: Intellectualization

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.
Well, the problem is the confusion ... In reality, the picture of an orange is not an orange, it's a picture.
by SeeLion
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Intellectualization
Replies: 89
Views: 8322

Re: Intellectualization

Intellectualization is when you are contemplating the picture of an orange

and say to yourself: "This is an orange".

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