Laughter and the Buddha

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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Mon May 16, 2011 5:05 pm

TMingyur wrote:This thread is about the Buddha and not about Rinpoche [this or that].

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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby MJH » Mon May 16, 2011 5:14 pm

TMingyur wrote:This thread is about the Buddha and not about Rinpoche [this or that].


Just responding to a quote. But thanks for taking your time to allow me to practice. :twothumbsup:
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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Mon May 16, 2011 11:04 pm

Laughter releases dopamine. You laugh because there is stress . More laughter...less stress. Less suffering & stress ...more peace and happiness ?

The Buddha must of got rid of all his stress....no more laughing/stress.

I thought of this as I chopped celery :smile:

Oh yeah...my teacher makes me laugh all the time...relieving my stress... Enlightened activity ?
Also Tara loves to laugh ! (Female Buddha)




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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Tue May 17, 2011 12:51 am

Homage to you, Tara, whose radiant crown ornament,
Joyful and magnificent, extends a garland of light,
And who, by your laughter of TUTTARA,
Conquer the demons and all of the worlds.


(From : Praises to the Twenty-One Taras )


http://www.fpmt.org/prayers/21tarasltrrdr.pdf


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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby ground » Tue May 17, 2011 5:50 am

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:Laughter releases dopamine.

So you may as well take drugs.

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:You laugh because there is stress .

This is called hysteric laughter.

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:Oh yeah...my teacher makes me laugh all the time...relieving my stress... Enlightened activity ?

Then comedians and entertainers display enlightened activity?

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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby muni » Tue May 17, 2011 9:05 am

plwk wrote:How is laughter understood in the Dharma?

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not conditioned by seriousness of knowing-me-importance? Joyful laughing breath as naked naturally flow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADfH6oJMzDA Even in hospital this free laughter fills the building.

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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby mudra » Tue May 17, 2011 12:32 pm

I remember discussing the Buddha's sense of humor with Richard Gombrich, who insisted that much of the early interpretation of Pali scritpture misses the Buddha's puns on words and quiet humor espeecially when addressing Brahmins.
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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Tue May 17, 2011 2:06 pm

TMingyur wrote:
Kunga Lhadzom wrote:Laughter releases dopamine.

So you may as well take drugs.

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:You laugh because there is stress .

This is called hysteric laughter.

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:Oh yeah...my teacher makes me laugh all the time...relieving my stress... Enlightened activity ?

Then comedians and entertainers display enlightened activity?

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If taking drugs can prevent you from committing suicide...why not ???
(doctor prescribed medication of course)


Better to laugh hysterically than to get hysterically angry ?


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They work in mysterious ways :)
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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby Dechen Norbu » Tue May 17, 2011 2:32 pm

Don't pay attention to TMingyur, KL. :smile:
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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Tue May 17, 2011 3:09 pm

That's OK Dechen...it's good to question everything...I had to actually think of a logical explaination to answer TMingyurs' questioning...and they were good questions to ask...as I have never even thought of asking them ! So I learned something from his questioning.

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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby Dechen Norbu » Tue May 17, 2011 3:16 pm

Exactly, it's good to question. TM has all the answers though! :lol:
I was mostly joking though. ;)
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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Tue May 17, 2011 3:37 pm

I know :smile:
I also know you are concerned for my mental well-being and was being protective .

We are all at different stages "on the path". I am still very much a beginner.


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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby Dechen Norbu » Tue May 17, 2011 5:19 pm

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Re: Laughter and the Buddha

Postby Quiet Heart » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:35 am

:shrug:
I know this topic was started a LONG time ago...but i want to make a comment here anyhow.
Many years ago, nearly 45 years ago now, when I first encountered any form of Budhisim in Vietnam; I met a a Vietnamese Buddhist nun who the locals considered to be close to enlightened if not already enlightened. I was only 19 then, and full of myself and my presumed knowledge, so I didn't pay much attention to her at the time.
What I do remember was that she was the only person I ever met who seemed to glow outward from the inside, and she laughed a lot.
Even at 19 she made an impression on me...which has probably gradually influenced my life and my choice of calling myself a Buddhist.
But for the life of me I can't remember her name, if I ever knew it even then.
So, for that reason alone, I presume the Buddha would roar with laughter.
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in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
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