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by Jesse
Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Can dharma alone make life worth living?
Replies: 45
Views: 10807

Re: Can dharma alone make life worth living?

Buddhism touches on this weakly, it attacks our illusion of an inherently existing self(for one), but it is too weak, because is too neutral on the direction of the social system. I would suggest looking into engaged Buddhism, but the way I see Buddhism, one cannot practice and not make a positive ...
by Jesse
Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: A few words from "Moon in a dewdrop"
Replies: 5
Views: 1663

Re: A few words from "Moon in a dewdrop"

Fu Ri Shin, no problem.. and feel free to post whatever you like. :) I've been considering one specific writing ever since I got the book.. :o Great Master Wuben of Dongshan was once asked by a monk, "When cold or heat comes, how can we avoid it?" The master said, "Why don't you go to where there is...
by Jesse
Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Defilements and projections onto other people
Replies: 48
Views: 7715

Re: Defilements and projections onto other people

Buddhist, not Buddhist, Dharma, Not Dharma.

It's what we do with it, not what it says, .. at least that's what I tell myself.. :group:
by Jesse
Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Antibiotics alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia
Replies: 4
Views: 1396

Antibiotics alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia

Just found this article today; I don't suppose it's technically alternative health, but if this ends up working out.. there will be many, many happy people in the world. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-shocked-to-find-antibiotics-alleviate-symptoms-of-schizophrenia-7469121.html"...
by Jesse
Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Defilements and projections onto other people
Replies: 48
Views: 7715

Re: Defilements and projections onto other people

Anyone ever feel almost crushed by their own ignorance? Every day my friend, the biggest problem I perceive in my own practice is letting go of intellectuality and concept, because... that is the only way of perception we really know. Letting it go is very difficult. If there's only one thing I've ...
by Jesse
Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Defilements and projections onto other people
Replies: 48
Views: 7715

Re: Defilements and projections onto other people

the thought IS the perception
:namaste: :thanks: :yinyang:
by Jesse
Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Defilements and projections onto other people
Replies: 48
Views: 7715

Re: Defilements and projections onto other people

You can't NOT be drawn to your thoughts and emotions because you ARE your thoughts and emotions... there's no one there apart from them I think we can avoid being drawn to our thoughts and emotions, but we can not stop them from happening. So we let the thoughts arise and return the mind to stillne...
by Jesse
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Defilements and projections onto other people
Replies: 48
Views: 7715

Re: Defilements and projections onto other people

I don't think it's applicable in every situation, but for example when we see police brutality, and we find ourselves angry and maybe even thinking violent thoughts in response, how could this be if anger isn't a problem in our own mind? Or when we see someone who is exceedingly arrogant, and we don...
by Jesse
Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: DC webcasts and Ubuntu 11.10
Replies: 7
Views: 1202

Re: DC webcasts and Ubuntu 11.10

I'm not 100% if the correct codec is in here, but it's worth a shot. http://mygeekopinions.blogspot.com/2011/05/install-full-proprietary-codecs-pack-in.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; This might work: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu" onclick="window.open(this.href);re...
by Jesse
Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: how much electricity we use and abuse
Replies: 0
Views: 507

how much electricity we use and abuse

I thought this was kind of crazy. The thing's we take for granted, eh.

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by Jesse
Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:44 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: A few words from "Moon in a dewdrop"
Replies: 5
Views: 1663

A few words from "Moon in a dewdrop"

I just wanted to share this portion of the book, I have truly enjoyed reading this book.. but at times I have wondered if they are actually discussing anything at all, and then wham. Enjoy! Zen master Baoji of Panshan said, "The mind moon is alone and full. Its light swallows myriad forms. Moonlight...
by Jesse
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Attachment in friendships
Replies: 9
Views: 1735

Re: Attachment in friendships

Hi duckfiasco, The thing's we most tightly grasp, are ideas, emotions and thoughts. When we learn to deal with these everything else becomes easier, and more clear. What I mean to say is we start by understanding that we are not our thoughts, emotions and ideas. There is no I to which these things r...
by Jesse
Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Alcohol relapse and Buddhist techniques to deal with anxiety
Replies: 33
Views: 4803

Re: Alcohol relapse and Buddhist techniques to deal with anxiety

Hello deepfriedfunk, I understand the pain of addiction very well, and I can relate. I think our worst addictions are products of running from the deeper problems that plague us. Sadness, Anger, Fear, Apathy.. we constantly seek temporary means of covering these issues up, and it never quite works. ...
by Jesse
Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Causes of poverty.
Replies: 46
Views: 5688

Re: Causes of poverty.

I think to put it bluntly, we are the cause. Not through our direct actions, but through our combined ignorance, the cumulative effects of our lifestyles of extravagant comfort. I typically mean those of us in the west, but I'm sure it applies to many other developed countries as well. I think we ar...
by Jesse
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How accurate is this? On emptiness.
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Re: How accurate is this? On emptiness.

Thank you PadmaVonSamba,

I've realized I haven't understood it as well as I thought though.

:namaste:
by Jesse
Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How accurate is this? On emptiness.
Replies: 2
Views: 634

How accurate is this? On emptiness.

I am curious if this understanding is in line with Buddhist thought, if not could someone explain where I've gone wrong. (I wrote this in attempt to describe Buddhist philosophy to a friend.) -------------------- Eternity is in the present moment. Think about everything you see, hear, smell, taste, ...
by Jesse
Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:38 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Why A Neuroscientist Would Study Meditation
Replies: 4
Views: 981

Re: Why A Neuroscientist Would Study Meditation

I'm happy you guys liked the video. :) Since I have begun practicing Buddhism, and meditation, the reduction in my own depression and anxiety problems have been beyond drastic. I have since begun recommending meditation to many people and friends. I think she means negative rumination, rather than s...
by Jesse
Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Ground of Being
Replies: 170
Views: 16247

Re: Ground of Being

mint, I have been wondering something similar, from what I'm reading, (probably incorrectly), it's as namdrol says, http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/heartstr.htm "Oh, Sariputra, Form Does not Differ From the Void, And the Void Does Not Differ From Form. Form is Void and Void is Form; The Same is ...
by Jesse
Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..
Replies: 5
Views: 1748

Re: Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..

Yea, I don't even know what to say. I just hope they get enough signatures to stop this particular dam from happening. I am stuck somewhere between thinking we can make a difference as individuals -- and knowing the few of us who do care are so outnumbered it will never matter... but for now, I'll g...
by Jesse
Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Why A Neuroscientist Would Study Meditation
Replies: 4
Views: 981

Why A Neuroscientist Would Study Meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR8TjCncvIw In this TEDxTalk, Professor Willoughby Britton tells us that happiness is not about getting what you want. She discusses our mental qualities as habits we practice and she sheds light on an important link between neuroscience and contemplative (Meditation,...

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