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by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Meditate and grow your ego
Replies: 42
Views: 1020

Re: Meditate and grow your ego

On a related note - I did notice very early in the first season of Billions, that both Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades were seen meditating with iPhone timers.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Meditate and grow your ego
Replies: 42
Views: 1020

Re: Meditate and grow your ego

I remember a particular spiritual teacher [not Buddhist] always saying that practice or cultivation by self-discipline was like ‘pruning a bush’ which would only grow more vigorously as a consequence. The only way to realise truth was to cut it [the bush i.e. ego] at the root. Let’s not forget the ‘...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 916

Re: original as misnomer

just as the Buddha preferred the middle way, he avoided analogies or statements of fact that were 1) nihilistic and 2) idealistic. Actually, the two 'extremes' are not nihilism and idealism, but nihilism and eternalism . And eternalism is something like the belief that the aim of the spiritual life...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 96
Views: 2816

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

There seems to be some confusion in this thread concerning the author and even gender of the blog article in question. The article itself is credited to Ayya Yeshe, about which it is said at the foot of the article: Ayya Yeshe is the Abbess of Dakini Bodhicitta Monastery, which is now forming in Aus...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 911

Re: Competitive meditators...

Completely agree with that. But I have set myself this challenge this year and want to stick to it. Especially because in just under two weeks the year is half gone already. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 911

Re: Competitive meditators...

As Thinley Norbu Rinpoche said: If we really want to be sublime meditators, we should not set a time period for our meditation as is the modern meditator's style. I used to read krishnamurt, who was always insistent there was no method to meditation. “Meditation”, he would say, “is when there’s not...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 911

Re: Competitive meditators...

I can’t help be reminded of a joke I heard some time back. A very learned and respected rebbe was on his death bed, and people came from far and wide to pay their respects. Towards the end, some very learned scholars were among those who visited, and they all spoke highly of the teacher’s great guid...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 911

Re: Competitive meditators...

I've committed to sit every day in 2018. I'm not in a competition, but one thing that has definitely come into play is that every day I get a reminder from Insight Timer app 'you've completed 165 days straight' (or whatever the count is of today's date). So - if I miss a day, then it's going to take...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Humanity's decline
Replies: 13
Views: 567

Re: Humanity's decline

A key problem today is that being ignorant and celebrating ignorance has been made acceptable and also fun as well as marketable... I often have the mischievous thought that the whole purpose of modern liberal economics is ‘making the world a safe space for the ignorant’. (Although that is immediat...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering
Replies: 21
Views: 728

Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

In researching “sankhara” I found this essay by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Anicca Vata Sankhara (“Impermanent, alas, are all formations!”) which defines and explores the term. Right. The Sanskrit is saṃskāra. When I first stayed on an ashram, decades back, chocolate bars and cigarettes [among other things] wer...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering
Replies: 21
Views: 728

Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

I agree that “fabrications” are, as you wrote, “inconstant, subject to change, and are therefore dukkha”. Perhaps, “fabrications” as used in the suttas corresponds to “dharmas” in the sutras and the Buddha categorized them into body, speech, and mind. Comments? I like that the householder's name is...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4731

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Hi Tobes - Good to see you posting again. :hi:
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering
Replies: 21
Views: 728

Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

The wording in that passage you mention doesn’t really spell out ‘bodily’ fabrications does it? It speaks of ‘cessation of speech’, then cessation of ‘directed thought and evaluation’. So I take that as a reference to a state of inner quietude, the cessation of mental chatter, and also of ‘vikalpa’,...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering
Replies: 21
Views: 728

Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

Sorry, Clyde - it's a remark once made to me by a Sanskrit teacher and yogi, referring to the proliferation of thinking: Vritti, literally "whirlpool", is a technical term in yoga meant to indicate that the contents of mental awareness are disturbances in the medium of consciousness. Vritti can be t...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering
Replies: 21
Views: 728

Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

Fabrications are too much vrrti in the citta. And I was going to mention the ‘reverse pratityasamutpada’ but you beat me to it. But that is the exact thing: following the chain inwards instead of outwards; tracing it to its source.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 2788

Re: Circumcision

We had a class once in either comparative religion or anthropology - I can’t remember which, now - on religious prohibitions in the Semitic faiths. It really turns out that when you go right into it, there’s no discernible reason for many of them. They are simply seen as divine commandments, no ifs ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Sadness, Love, Openness - New Book by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Sadness, Love, Openness - New Book by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

All proceeds from this book are to be donated to the monks and nuns under Rinpoche's care in Nepal to help reconstruct the monasteries that were damaged in the 2015 earthquake.

Book detail can be found here.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools
Replies: 81
Views: 2432

Re: The doctrinal establishment of a Chinese Buddhism: TianTai and HuaYan schoools

empty =/= non-existent. The crucial distinction that is missing in the current English lexicon is the ability to distinguish between ‘real’ and ‘existent’. This is a consequence of materialism meaning there is no provision for the idea of ‘degrees of existence’. ‘Conventionally existing things’ real...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: escape from samsara
Replies: 16
Views: 477

Re: escape from samsara

Actually there’s a good modern saying about this topic, and something I have lived by for a long while now: ‘the only way out, is through’.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: escape from samsara
Replies: 16
Views: 477

Re: escape from samsara

I think the Buddhist answer would be - because the Buddha discovered that there is, and we're fortunate enough to have lived at a time when it was communicated by Him. Many Buddhist concepts, it seems to me, are overlapping and simply looking at the same thing from different angles. Right! An essent...

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