Playfulness and Dharma

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Playfulness and Dharma

Post by joy&peace » Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:57 pm

Playfulness, spontaneity and the Dharma


open





do meditate,



then please share. :)





I have noticed, playfulness is an aspect of dharma - not playfulness in any aspect of untruthfulness - Buddha shared, don't be untruthful even in play, as untruthfulness is the gateway to all other mistakes -


yet in many of the Vajrayana writings and songs, spontaneity is an aspect of a realized one ( words are not descriptive )


and there does indeed seem to be this quality in Dharma teachers

so - spontaneity and play,



& the Dharma

okay :)
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Re: Playfulness and Dharma

Post by lobster » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:31 am

:woohoo:

Can I play? :popcorn:

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Re: Playfulness and Dharma

Post by maybay » Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:23 am

homo ludens
People will know nothing and everything
Remember nothing and everything
Think nothing and everything
Do nothing and everything
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Re: Playfulness and Dharma

Post by Ayu » Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:49 am

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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Re: Playfulness and Dharma

Post by joy&peace » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:05 am

I picked up the expression yaay-o quite a few years back :)

I heard it, and liked it, and still do.
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Re: Playfulness and Dharma

Post by lobster » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:04 am

Play for the sake of play is healthy enough ... and fun :woohoo:

What of plafulness that moves us on? That of course requires skill. Not so easy when others set the rules they feel are worth playing by ... :shrug:

Must be time to find a bigger playground! :juggling:

... and now back to the spectator sports ... :popcorn:

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Re: Playfulness and Dharma

Post by dzogchungpa » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:21 am

If you focus on an object, you are not meditating. - Dudjom Rinpoche

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Re: Playfulness and Dharma

Post by tomschwarz » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:20 pm

hm interesting..... ok, samadhi of playfulness. thanks, i get that. ...it is true that there is some uplifting quality to buddhism. something about "cheering up" when you let go of self-focus, in favor of basic awareness, compassion, joy in others' accomplishments and so on... :consoling:
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Re: Playfulness and Dharma

Post by muni » Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:14 pm

and there does indeed seem to be this quality in Dharma teachers
:smile:

Just small contemplation;
Playfulness could be called the nature of selflessness as compassion is the nature of emptiness. Freed from our karmic intentional action by our idea of self and its’ effect, spontaneous action is wisdoms’ play.
Specially in the Dzogchen teachings there is often the expression “play of Mind”. Action, sound, …whatever phenomena, in-out = play. Since this is so, selfless nature can be called playful, while of course whatever it is called, changes nothing on our Nature at all.
Buddha said all is empty like my brain.
Let’s make a selfie!

Having meditated on love and compassion, I forgot the difference between myself and others. Yogi Milarepa.

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Re: Playfulness and Dharma

Post by amanitamusc » Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:53 am

I contemplate Shunyata while deficating ,especially when constipated.

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Re: Playfulness and Dharma

Post by joy&peace » Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:55 pm

Oh, haha, I wish I had the sense to notice when this thread got commented on again. :)

ah, thank you people. very nice to see all these posts.

here's another: 'I have lived with several Zen masters, all of them cats' - Eckhart Tolle

Pretty good? :)
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