the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

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the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

Post by Luke » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:29 pm

What is the most surprising thing you have gotten from practicing Buddhism?

For me, it's beer! lol

Drinking beer is not a stereotypically Buddhist activity, but many times, I have ended up in situations in which sangha members (both in Tibetan and Zen groups) offered me lots of free beer even when I wasn't seeking after it. The amount of free beer I have gotten from fellow Buddhists is really quite surprising. lol

So anyway, those of you who are trying to avoid all alcohol, don't assume that all Buddhist groups are alcohol-free and be mentally prepared for these situations.

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Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

Post by smcj » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:39 pm

Funny, I got sobriety. And also some sanity and even a good bit of happiness. Having read Milarepa as a young man that is completely surprising to me. I wish I'd never read that book. It put an incredible number of unnecessary obstacles into my path.
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Post by Hickersonia » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:17 am

My relationship with my wife has improved dramatically. This, in spite of her being very committed to her Christian faith. It has been an interesting couple of years, I assure you.
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Post by reddust » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:28 am

Luke wrote:What is the most surprising thing you have gotten from practicing Buddhism?

For me, it's beer! lol
For me when I was with a Sangha, wine!

Seriously, my relationship with myself and my husband has improved but also with my children. They are grown now and have kids of their own and I can help out when needed. I am making less messes when helping out! I think it's because I've backed off and just let most things be as they are. When something comes up that needs to be addressed I do so without as much heat. So maybe it's less drama in my life, so much more clear space to see things...But that may have happened anyway with old age. I have become very picky who I hangout with because I don't have the energy I had when I was younger.
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Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

Post by Kim O'Hara » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:42 am

More awareness of my body and its needs.
Beginning every session of sitting meditation with a few minutes of body scanning, as I was taught in a group I joined a few years ago, helped with that and mindfulness during daily life reinforced it. I am now much more conscious of whether or not I am sitting well, whether my shoulders are tight with unnecessary tension, whether I am physically lethargic or not. And I have taken on more regular activities which give me more exercise (not hard, since I was doing almost none before :tongue: ).

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Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

Post by Wayfarer » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:16 am

Much better appreciation of Christianity.
Only practice with no gaining idea ~ Suzuki-roshi

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Post by smcj » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:40 am

Wayfarer wrote:Much better appreciation of Christianity.
Ditto--but I'd never have said it first. People think I'm enough of a troll around here as it is.
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Post by Wayfarer » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:43 am

Troll or :spy:

But you can always point to the many Catholic roshis that are teaching nowadays.
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Post by Monlam Tharchin » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:45 am

Wayfarer wrote:Much better appreciation of Christianity.
Same here.

I would also say the most surprising thing for me was that this shy, unlovable, depressed, cold and aloof introvert could feel love for a stranger, let alone an enemy, let alone this suffering right here.
Little did I know :anjali:

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Post by dharmagoat » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:18 am

duckfiasco wrote:I would also say the most surprising thing for me was that this shy, unlovable, depressed, cold and aloof introvert could feel love for a stranger, let alone an enemy, let alone this suffering right here.
:anjali:

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Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

Post by smcj » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:20 am

I am no longer a frightened pessimist.
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Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

Post by LastLegend » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:11 am

Nothing because I got it all figured out. :lol:
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Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

Post by Mkoll » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:31 am

smcj wrote:I am no longer a frightened pessimist.
:thumbsup:
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Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

Post by philji » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:20 am

A wife! Met her at a Dharma centre!!!

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Post by Simon E. » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:44 am

Wayfarer wrote:Much better appreciation of Christianity.

Me too. Merton, Bede Griffiths, Thomas Keating, Dom John Main...
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Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

Post by plwk » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:27 pm

The immense extraordinariness and potential of self power

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Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

Post by dharmagoat » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:25 pm

A rash.

Just kiddin'.

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Post by Jetavan » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:28 am

A standing invitation for free boarding.

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Post by dzogchungpa » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:11 am

Buddhism.
Taking the attitude that the phenomenal world is sacred is the first and last practice of all. - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

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