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Bring Nature In

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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby meindzai » Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:13 pm

How about we all agree on a nice indoor completely non-sentient rock garden? :hug:

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This one looks kind of cheesy but you can probably make your own.

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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby Annapurna » Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:25 pm

Wowe, Meindzai, you just gave me a kick in my artist' s butt....I want to make a Zen garden!! :woohoo:
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Re: Bring Nature In

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Thaibebop
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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby Thaibebop » Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:59 pm

Well, after all I tried my wife refused to bring plants inside. She was concerned that they would become havens for bugs. I suppose coming from Thailand where bugs are every where that makes sense. Sad, oh well.

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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby christopher::: » Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:33 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby christopher::: » Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:25 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby PeterB » Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:57 am

" nature " is just another mental construct. Concrete and bricks and mortar are " nature" too. No one gets out of here alive. It all arises dependently.

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Re: Bring Nature In

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Kim OHara
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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby Kim OHara » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:16 am

C'mon, guys, lighten up. :smile:
No-one gets out alive, but it is still a *precious* human life and every moment we spend on negativity is wasted.
:focus:

:namaste:
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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby PeterB » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:37 am

You think that pointing out that the distinction between natural and unnatural is a mental construct is negative ? Quite the reverse I think. It means that we can feel tranquil and refreshed in the concrete jungle as well as by a still forest pool. Its a matter of withdrawing our projections.
On of my teachers pointed out that we sit by such a pool and by association we feel calm and tranquil. But we are producing that calmness and tranquility...beneath the surface of the pool all is dukkha. Bigger things are hunting smaller things for food..
Buddha dhamma is about the reality of conditioned existence not pasting it over with nice feelings. Or arranging breaks from dukkha.
Its not that its all gloom and doom. It is a beautiful world, but its fleeting and characterised by impermanence.
The point is we can be peaceful anywhere, eben in the city, or perhaps I should say even in nature.

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Re: Bring Nature In

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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby PeterB » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:48 am

Neither dukkha nor sukkha are intrinsic to the world Kim O Hara according to the Buddha...Nothing is intrinsic to anything, it all arises dependently..

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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby christopher::: » Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:42 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Bring Nature In

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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby PeterB » Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:39 am

I'll tell you what Kim, you have been a member of this forum for a while and before that you were a member of E Sangha...see if you can work out why a ) dukkha and sukkha are not intrinsic but b) dukkha arises with conditioned existence. There are three kinds of dukkha.
You might want to start with D.O.
I am going to take at least a month off from posting starting from now, but enjoy yourself in the meantime.

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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby christopher::: » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:07 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Kim OHara
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Re: Bring Nature In

Postby Kim OHara » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:45 am

Peter,
I knew - and said - that my position is unorthodox and that I didn't expect much support for it. Thank you for your comments (here and in the past) anyway, and I will look forward to your return: we do seem to disagree a bit but your opinions are always well grounded and well expressed. Thank you.

Christopher,
Sorry to disappoint you but I won't say any more now about what is, in the context of this thread, a side issue anyway. Some day when I have more spare time I may write a long rambling post trying to explain what I'm on about, and hope for some equally long rambling rebuttals or (less likely :tongue: ) encouragement. Here and now, though, I suggest we get :focus: if we can.
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