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What can we do to save Tibet? I see this as one of the critical places for the evolution of Buddhism.

4 hours 1 min ago

Clearly the Chinese government is out to crush Tibet. Can we preserve this culture for the world? Or Does suffering really win? How does a future where Tibet is completely crushed fit in with Buddhism?

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Can someone explain my experience in meditation?

4 hours 45 min ago

My background: I've never had any instruction from any teacher, only read Buddhist scriptures and had my own understanding of it. Read some translations, etc. Diamond Sutra, Lotus Sutra, Hui-Neng's Platform Sutra, Total Enlightenment Sutra, etc. I've meditated for nearly 3-5 years. My normal meditations are Anapanasati, metta, white skeleton visualization and 9 step tibetan bottled wind pranayama. But now I see that it would be ideal to have some guidance.

So what happened was that I've lately been having these experiences again and again and again - and I keep replicating the same thing all over again.

When I meditate, out of nowhere, and mostly very suddenly, an extremely bright light falls down over me as if it was a waterfall. Then heat rushes across me (although I normally seem to no longer have a sense of a body). I normally seem as if I've "melted" into the light. This normally happens just after an onset of an electricity-like feeling across my whole body... Like that tingling feeling all over.

Extreme happiness usually comes together with it. This normally happens when I show unconditional love through Metta meditation, or the White Skeleton meditation. Sometimes, it spontaneously appears when I remain in breath awareness in Anapanasati meditation.

It feels so good sometimes, as if I'm on some drug, except that I have perfect awareness of what is going on. It can feel so good that I literally remain in that state for what I'd perceive to be reallyyyyyy long, like 5 to 6 hours - then when I get out of meditation, it only seems like 15 minutes have passed.

Can someone explain what this means?

With metta.

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I'm wondering if this is an actual meditation technique?

October 31, 2014 - 11:40pm

I realize the following may seem trivial and inane, but I am honestly curious if this is a form of meditation.

http://youtu.be/htGa0qpjurU?t=2m23s

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Meditation Experiences

October 31, 2014 - 8:33pm

Just because I don't want to assume anything, and would rather seek guidance from my internet Sangha:

While meditating, in just a few minutes, it feels as if my body sort of melts, and then turns to stone, until there is nothing left but a sort of floating consciousness encased in a statue. Is this normal?

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How to wake up with depression and transcend it?

October 31, 2014 - 4:41pm

Sometimes when I wake up, my first thought is "I need to run 6 miles or else I'm going to be condemned to die miserable and alone." My second thought is "oh hell no I feel awful, tired, depressed, there's no way" then I think "I should go easy on myself and just forgive myself for not feeling good enough to work out" then I usually lie in bed for a few hours hating myself and tormenting myself mentally. Then I go to work already exhausted.

How would Buddhism suggest I wake up? How can I get in the habit of physical exercise? How can I just wake up without thinking and just be one with the universe and let the universe take my body for a walk or run and just enjoy the view of not controlling anything because I am a no self?

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Need help with a sutta (Three divine messengers)

October 31, 2014 - 2:27pm

There are three divine messengers, O monks. What three?

There is a person of bad conduct in body, speech, and mind. Being of such bad conduct, on the dissolution of the body, after death, he is reborn in the plane of misery, in a bad destination, in a lower world, in hell. There the warders of hell seize him by both arms and take him before Yama, the Lord of Death, saying: “This man, your majesty, had no respect for father and mother, nor for ascetics and brahmins, nor did he honour the elders of the family. May your majesty inflict due punishment on him!”

Then, monks, King Yama questions that man, examines and addresses him concerning the first divine messenger: “Didn’t you ever see, my good man, the first divine messenger appearing among humankind?”

And he replies: “No, Lord, I did not see him.”

Then King Yama says to him: “But, my good man, didn’t you ever see a woman or a man, aged eighty, ninety or a hundred years, frail, bent like a roof bracket, crooked, leaning on a stick, shakily going along, ailing, youth and vigour gone, with broken teeth, with grey and scanty hair or none, wrinkled, with blotched limbs?”

And the man replies: “Yes, Lord, I have seen this.”

Then King Yama says to him: “My good man, didn’t it ever occur to you, an intelligent and mature person, ’I too am subject to old age and cannot escape it. Let me now do noble deeds by body, speech, and mind’?”

“No, Lord, I could not do it. I was negligent.”

Then King Yama says: “Through negligence, my good man, you have failed to do noble deeds by body, speech, and mind. Well, you will be treated as befits your negligence. That evil action of yours was not done by mother or father, brothers, sisters, friends or companions, nor by relatives, devas, ascetics or brahmins. But you alone have done that evil deed, and you will have to experience the fruit.”

When, monks, King Yama has questioned, examined and addressed him thus concerning the first divine messenger, he again questions, examines and addresses the man about the second one, saying: “Didn’t you ever see, my good man, the second divine messenger appearing among humankind?”

“No, Lord, I did not see him.”

“But, my good man, didn’t you ever see a woman or a man who was sick and in pain, seriously ill, lying in his own filth, having to be lifted up by some and put to bed by others?”

“Yes, Lord, I have seen this.”

“My good man, didn’t it ever occur to you, an intelligent and mature person, ’I too am subject to illness and cannot escape it. Let me now do noble deeds by body, speech, and mind’?”

“No, Lord, I could not do it. I was negligent.”

“Through negligence, my good man, you have failed to do noble deeds by body, speech, and mind. Well, you will be treated as befits your negligence. That evil action of yours was not done by mother or father, brothers, sisters, friends or companions, nor by relatives, devas, ascetics or brahmins. But you alone have done that evil deed, and you will have to experience the fruit.”

When, monks, King Yama has questioned, examined and addressed him thus concerning the second divine messenger, he again questions, examines and addresses the man about the third one, saying: “Didn’t you ever see, my good man, the third divine messenger appearing among humankind?”

“No, Lord, I did not see him.”

“But, my good man, didn’t you ever see a woman or a man one, two or three days dead, the corpse swollen, discoloured and festering?”

“Yes, Lord, I have seen this.”

“Then, my good man, didn’t it ever occur to you, an intelligent and mature person, ’I too am subject to death and cannot escape it. Let me now do noble deeds by body, speech, and mind’?”

“No, Lord, I could not do it. I was negligent.”

“Through negligence, my good man, you have failed to do noble deeds by body, speech, and mind. Well, you will be treated as befits your negligence. That evil action of yours was not done by mother or father, brothers, sisters, friends, or companions, nor by relatives, devas, ascetics, or brahmins. But you alone have done that evil deed, and you will have to experience the fruit.”

Then, having questioned, examined, and addressed the man concerning the third divine messenger, King Yama becomes silent.

Thereupon the warders of hell inflict many kinds of torment on him on account of which he suffers grievous, severe, sharp, and bitter pain. Yet he does not die until that evil deed of his has been worked out.

This Sutta is really confusing me. Can someone point me to different interpretations of it?

I mean, this seems quite literal. And it's in contrary to many other things being said in buddhist teachings. Please help. (English isn't my first language, bear with me)

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Important Buddhist sites to check out in Northern India?

October 31, 2014 - 12:56pm

Greetings, /r/Buddhism!

I am a filmmaker who is embarking on an intimate while still highly professional and cinematic documentary exploring the link between technology and religion.

We are already filming in Israel and have our locations and subjects planned, but we are having difficulty coordinating places to go to in India, since it is immensely larger in comparison. As a result, we are keeping our entire production in India restricted to its Northern parts.

Are there any Buddhist sites in particular that would be a must for the documentary?

As of right now, we are going to try to visit Lumbini.

As I'm sure you can guess, we are really excited about what insights on technology, the singularity, and futuristic societies from Buddhists- especially since the highly involved Tibetan Buddhist groups who devote their lives to research and study.

Thanks!

P.S: If anyone has any ideas for Jainism (their subreddit isn't as big), that'd be really helpful, since I know they are predominately in the South...

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Neuro-Immune and Neuro Cognitive Disorders and Buddhism (ME/CFS, Fibro, MCS, etc.)

October 31, 2014 - 9:37am

I have the wonderful book, "How to Be Sick," by Toni Bernhard, which gives great strategies for applying Buddhist practices to chronic illness. I wonder if there is a group of people out there who deal with neuro-cognitive symptoms which present unique challenges when it comes to learning about meditation and mindfulness techniques. I don't know enough to create a subreddit, or have the stamina to moderate one. Is there anyone else who deals with these challenges, and might be interested in discussions about them? Perhaps we could have a monthly post where those interested can contribute, and seek advice from each other and the community at large?

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Buddha describes the significance of jhana (meditation) for reducing craving for sensual pleasures

October 31, 2014 - 4:27am

"Even though a disciple of the noble ones has clearly seen as it has come to be with right discernment that sensuality is of much stress, much despair, & greater drawbacks, still — if he has not attained a rapture & pleasure apart from sensuality, apart from unskillful mental qualities, or something more peaceful than that — he can be tempted by sensuality. But when he has clearly seen with right discernment as it has come to be that sensuality is of much stress, much despair, & greater drawbacks, and he has attained a rapture & pleasure apart from sensuality, apart from unskillful mental qualities, or something more peaceful than that, he cannot be tempted by sensuality."

— MN 14

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How do you handle bullies?

October 31, 2014 - 1:49am

I was making my way to the bus stop after work the other day and got suddenly knocked off my hat from a guy who walked by. He smiled at me and went on by standing close to me to stress me, you know like directly in front of you to provoke you.

I was calm the whole time and just let him do his thing because i didnt quite know what to do. After he lost interrest and went a bit away i asked him kindly what the problem was. He answered pretty aggressively he would smash my glass-wearing face if i wouldnt shut up.

That Situation really got me even though nothing bad really happened. This was about 4 weeks ago but it still stresses me out. I keep thinking of it and imagining similar or worse scenarios. What should i do if this keeps happening?

This guy takes the same bus i take every day. Even though i only saw him twice now im allways anxious when im taking the bus.

A good question too would be "how do you handle loss of control?" because thats what really bothers me with this i think.

Hope you guys have some good advice for me. :)

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Trendy white kid pop orientalist pseudo-Buddhist hipsters have ruined Buddhism for Westerners

October 30, 2014 - 9:55pm

These idiots know nothing about Buddhism, they've only picked up on the religion because they're shallow and superficial and they like to adapt ideologies as frivolously as they choose the most fashionable items of clothing to wear.

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Accept mistakes or fix them?

October 30, 2014 - 8:29pm

I have caught myself on a mistake I made months ago and am having a very difficult time dealing with my actions. Should I accept my mistake and move on or try and fix it? Please help

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