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Boredom

Postby budo » Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:52 pm

Energy flows where attention goes

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Re: Boredom

Postby Justsit » Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:51 pm

Go help someone else - find a need and fill it.
Might take a little imagination... :smile:

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Re: Boredom

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:10 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Boredom

Postby budo » Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:11 pm

Energy flows where attention goes

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Re: Boredom

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:25 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Boredom

Postby Sacha G » Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:30 pm

Hi Budo
I kinda recognize myself in what you're saying. Especially the "looking through the window" thing :jumping:
I asked myself: "well, after all, am I not disentchanted with every thing?" Is it not supposed to be the sign of release. Still I get bored, not all the time, but a significant part of the day.
My analysis is that actually there is attachement. I say I'm disentchanted but my mind keeps running here and there about different details of the past and future. And I think this is this constant functionning of the mind which makes the mind kind of dull, or bored, or tired.
Well that's just my opinion.
A second explanation, at least in my case, is that I think unconsiously I'm awaiting something which doesn't come, and this create this mood which is not true disentchantment (though I think it is not completely different either, because there's no more excitement about external stimulations). :coffee:
Of course I'm speaking for myself, maybe some of this can explain a part of what you feel. :toast:
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Re: Boredom

Postby budo » Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:32 pm

Energy flows where attention goes

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Re: Boredom

Postby budo » Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:33 pm

Energy flows where attention goes

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Re: Boredom

Postby Viscid » Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:04 pm

It's interesting to see that 'Contentment' may be the distinguishing characteristic between genuine dispassion and, perhaps, apathy born from depression or anxiety.
"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: Boredom

Postby Nibbida » Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:35 pm


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Re: Boredom

Postby rowyourboat » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:54 am

Dispassion (viraga) is not something which arises (in a buddhist sense that is..) just by watching something in your daily life or by thinking you don't particularly want anything.

It is something which arises out a very specific sequential development of mental qualities:

You need to
1) develop right view and sila
2) then develop samadhi
3) then understand nama-rupa through insight
4) then understand cause and effect through insight
5) then understand non-self through insight (and anicca and dukkha)
6) then watching arising and passing away
7) then seeing dissolution, getting scared of everything that arises, then wanting release
8) then dispassion towards formations (everything) arises.. :smile:

I hope this wont put you off - but I would be doing a greater disservice if I left you with the idea that you have already arrived at dispassion. It is a good idea even to contemplate in your mind before you set out on the practice. Most buddhists in the world wouldn't dream of taking even that step!

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Re: Boredom

Postby budo » Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:59 pm

Energy flows where attention goes

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Re: Boredom

Postby Jechbi » Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:42 pm


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Re: Boredom

Postby pelletboy » Fri May 13, 2011 1:37 pm

I think one should always have a goal. For laymen, they can be to be rich or other worldly goals and heaven. For monks, they also have goals which is enlightenment. Curbing worldly joys should be for a purpose i believe and if you can't take the boredom moderation in worldly joys or even controlled indulgence can bring more calm and cloy the desire (depending on the pleasure)


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