Ok, so as a Westerner I try to apply certain Buddhist principles to my every day life. However, I also spend a lot of time doing things which directly conflict with the eight fold path. So, I'd like to know, is there any point continuing this or do I need to try live a monastic life? Or has anyone found a happy medium between the two?submitted by Enjamb
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This is a serious question. Today I was doing some garden work, and I saw a slug on the ground too late, as my foot came down on it. I tried to make the step not do much damage, and gingerly bounced off of it, but the damage was already done. The slugs intestines were sprayed out of it's rear end, and it was curling in pain. I felt horrible.
Instead of letting it suffer as its innards spilled all over the ground, I decided to end it's life rather than let it live in pain.
I stepped on it repeatedly until I was completely sure that I'd killed it.
I said a little prayer and asked him for his forgiveness, and his understanding.
What would the Buddha have done? The first teaching is not to kill another animal, but I have done so today.
Thank you.submitted by renewedhope
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The question I had in mind was: does everybody get reincarnated equally and would this technically be possible? seeing as our population grows exponentially, does that mean that new souls are also created? what would happen if humanity faced a mass death sweep? imagine if 6 out of 7 billion people died tomorrow, what would happen to their souls? there wouldn't be enough new humans (and possibly animals) to house all these souls. what happens between death and reincarnation? This isn't meant as criticism to buddhism, I am genuinely interested in how this works. And if I have a wrong concept about reincarnation in my mind then I'm sorry but I couldn't really find alot in depth about it.submitted by themodernguru
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I feel like a lot of people might be like me and maybe put too much pressure on ourselves to maintain mindfulness forever. But I saw this little photo on Facebook of all places and it said, "Every moment of awareness is a gift."
And it hit me. It's not about trying to be mindful always and forever. It's about appreciating it when it works out that you are (then believing you can do something to make those moments longer-lasting and more frequent and learning how). Like for me I'd find myself thinking, "Damnit, I'm not concentrating again!" And instead thinking of it as riding a wave where you concede there will be some downtime between rides. Even a professional surfer monk can only ride a mindfulness wave for a few hours or so. But isntead of looking at it like something where more is better I find it's more satisfying to look at it as a, "I'm really glad I got to experience that," sort of feeling.
Just thought I'd throw that out there. Do you think there's any benefit or harm to recognizing mindfulness (at least in the beginning of our path) as a temporary allilgnment of mind that isn't supposed to last forever?submitted by EternalOptimist829
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So i was thinking about rebirth, and how every being in existence (in all six realms) had a past life. This lead me to the conclusion that no being can be 'new', as we believe that all beings have a past life. So then this means that there must be a set number of beings in the whole universe, continually dying and being reborn. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.submitted by vajrabud
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Hello, I am 19 years Old living in the UK and I'm looking into buddhism as a new way of life, purely because to me, it looks very interesting. But I literally have no idea where to start, I have had a look at the sidebar but still have no clue where to start, would someone be so kind to give me a push in the right direction?
Thank yousubmitted by Honoka-Chan
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I have always felt I had an understanding of other points of view. Being able to see the logic and the truth behind someones opinion and respecting it. I practiced The Right View before coming to Buddhism, not always successful, but getting better.
But I have one reoccurring problem that has been tearing me away from my peace and wisdom. I am honestly repulsed, if not angered, by terms like "conservative" and "liberal" and even those who identify as "centrists" are driving me to stress and anxiety. Or any political party. I feel hatred and bigotry on a socially acceptable level from these sides when respect and the interchange of ideas would be more beneficial.
The people are perfectly fine people, friends and family, but once they put on the colors of their alliance, I just can help but to become stressed and even, for the moment, dislike them. I find myself sometimes playing mediator between two opposing sides. But I also feel that by accepting these labels, living by them, and viewing the world through that spectrum they remove a part of themselves and replace it with something artificial.
I know I shouldn't have such a strong reaction to this. Typing this I am wondering if choosing an idea or group in place of a "Difficult person" could be beneficial to the Visuddhimagga method of Mett? meditation. But I was wondering if there was a sutta or any other guidance redditors could offer to help me with this.
Thank you in advance.submitted by Th3Dux
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Hello all, the practice of Buddhism is something that greatly interests me however I have no idea to start. I believe it would be best to go off of the notion that I have no idea what Buddhism even is. Where would I begin? (I find the sidebars information intimidating). Also it is worth noting that as a college student I have very little means of transportation and as a result cannot move to another location to learn.submitted by PlatinumBot
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Faithful from Be
I was rollin' around, in my mind it occurred What if God was a her? Would I treat her the same? Would I still be runnin' game on her? In what type of ways would I want her? Would I want her for her mind or her heavenly body? Couldn't be out gettin' bogus with someone so godly If I was wit' her would I still be wantin' my ex? The lies, the greed, the weed, the sex Wouldn't be ashamed to give her part of my check Wearin' her cross, I mean the heart on my neck Her, I would reflect on the streets of the Chi' Ride wit' her, cause I know for me she'd die Through good and bad call on her like I'm chirpin' her Couldn't be jealous cause other brothers worship her Walk this earth for her, glory, I'm grateful To be in her presence I try to stay faithfulsubmitted by smnden
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I just don't feel right, i cant remember the wisdom that i cherish, i cant grasp the idea of enlightenment.. my mind is distracted by stress. I am a teenager that is getting kicked out soon and all i can think about is the huge problems i will soon face. I have no real friends, no job, no education, all i have is my "happiness". I am happy, at least i used to be, but i am so distracted by this ongoing worry of being in poverty, and losing everything, that i am currently freaking out.
I can either spend my time working for money, stressing myself out, getting by just to live for certain periods of time. OR i can dedicate myself to spirituality and spend ALL my time in the present moment, worrying about nothing and trying to gain insight on this everlasting "us".
If i chose the first option i will barely get by, surviving off the dollar menu and probably renting a very cheap room somewhere. If i chose the second option i will be homeless, will i become so needy and uncomfortable that i cannot be happy? Or will my desires become laughable with such dedication to the present moment?submitted by sarkujpnfreak42
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I have been doing Vipassanna meditation for a few years. Still I have trouble sitting through the full 20 minutes at times and I would really love to enter Jhana but have never been able to. I decided to switch from Vipassanna to Samatha but is Metta Meditation better for reaching the Jhana.
Which is the better path to take to get to Jhana?
Edit: Also, what changes did you experience after practicing metta?submitted by cranapple12
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Hello, Reddit is a fantastic tool to spread teachings and create communities, however we have noticed that here in Italy very few people are using that. As a consequence, we have create a Subreddit with anything related to Meditation in ITALIAN LANGUAGE. Anyone who wants to contribute is welcomed! Quindi vi aspettiamo su /r/meditazionesubmitted by breathing24
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On that occasion Citta the householder was diseased, in pain, severely ill. Then a large number of garden devas, forest devas, tree devas, and devas inhabiting herbs, grasses, & forest giants assembled and said to him: "Make a wish, householder: 'In the future, may I become a king, a wheel-turning monarch!'"
When this was said, Citta the householder said to the garden devas, forest devas, tree devas, and devas inhabiting herbs, grasses, & forest giants: "Even that is inconstant; even that is impermanent; one must abandon even that when one passes on."
When this was said, Citta the householder's friends & companions, relatives and kinsmen, said to him: "Steady your mindfulness, master. Don't ramble."
"What did I say that you say to me: 'Steady your mindfulness, master. Don't ramble'?"
"You said: 'Even that is inconstant; even that is impermanent; one must abandon even that when one passes on.'"
"That was because garden devas, forest devas, tree devas, and devas inhabiting herbs, grasses, & forest giants have assembled and said to me: 'Make a wish, householder: "In the future, may I become a king, a wheel-turning monarch!"' And I said to them: 'Even that is inconstant; even that is impermanent; one must abandon even that when one passes on.'"
"But what compelling reason do those garden devas, forest devas, tree devas, and devas inhabiting herbs, grasses, & forest giants see, master, that they say to you, 'Make a wish, householder: "In the future, may I become a king, a wheel-turning monarch!"'?"
"It occurs to them: 'This Citta the householder is virtuous, of admirable character. If he should wish: "In the future, may I become a king, a wheel-turning monarch!" — then, as he is virtuous, this wish of his would succeed because of the purity of his virtue. A righteous one, he will wield righteous power.'  Seeing this compelling reason, they assembled and said: 'Make a wish, householder: "In the future, may I become a king, a wheel-turning monarch!"' And I said to them: 'Even that is inconstant; even that is impermanent; one must abandon even that when one passes on.'"
"Then, master, instruct us, too."
"Then you should train yourselves: 'We will be endowed with verified confidence in the Buddha: "Indeed, the Blessed One [the Buddha] is pure & rightly self-awakened, consummate in knowledge & conduct, well-gone, an expert with regard to the cosmos, unexcelled as a trainer for those people fit to be tamed, the Teacher of divine & human beings, awakened, blessed."
"'We will be endowed with verified confidence in the Dhamma: "The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One, to be seen here & now, timeless, inviting verification, pertinent, to be realized by the wise for themselves."
"'We will be possessed of verified confidence in the Sangha: "The Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples who have practiced well... who have practiced straight-forwardly... who have practiced methodically... who have practiced masterfully — in other words, the four types [of noble disciples] when taken as pairs, the eight when taken as individual types — they are the Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples: worthy of gifts, worthy of hospitality, worthy of offerings, worthy of respect, the incomparable field of merit for the world."
"'Whatever there may be in our family that can be given away, all that will be shared unstintingly with virtuous ones who are of admirable character.' That's how you should train yourselves."
Then, having enjoined his friends & colleagues, his relatives & kinsmen, to place confidence in the Buddha, Dhamma, & Sangha; having exhorted them to undertake generosity, Citta the householder passed away.
— SN 41.10
*Citta the householder was one of the few lay teachers that are described in the Pali Canon. He was able to do so with efficacy due to his attainment of stream-entry.submitted by numbersev
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