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Retreat centres looking for volunteers?

2 hours 26 min ago

Hi everyone

I want to live and volunteer in a retreat centre, preferably somewhere in Europe. My preferred place would be Gaia House, but they aren't taking anyone until next summer. Does anybody know of anywhere similar? These are the things which are important to me:

Community Meditation Somewhere relaxed and peaceful Proximity to the UK Insight/Zen/vipassana traditions

Thanks in advance!

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Question on a Precept: Taking a life in self defense

July 27, 2014 - 10:48pm

I was reading some scripture regarding the Five Precepts and came across a story of a young man who climbed a mountain. On his way up he was attacked by a viper. He drew his knife but upon reflection, decided he could not deprive life from a living being. He then said "My life I will give up, by not the Precepts" and threw down his knife. The viper then left him and he was saved through his devotion to the Precepts.

I have such a strong will to live. Specifically, to live here in the now. How am I to remain faithful if I would likely not act in the same way as the young man? I believe I would have ended the viper's life to save my own.

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The Buddhist equivalent of church: where to start?

July 27, 2014 - 10:28pm

I've been interested in Buddhism for a while, especially Zen, studying it a bit in college and afterward, and I'm thinking about dipping into the well a little deeper.

Maybe this is the appropriate next step, or maybe it isn't, but I've been thinking... if there's an equivalent of "church" in Buddhism, a sermon or two might be both interesting and beneficial. But having never engaged in Buddhism outside a classroom or personal studies, I'm not sure what to expect, and, more importantly, I'm not sure what's expected of me. I grew up with a Christian background, but Buddhism really tends to resonate with me much more. Self-study is great, but tapping into the wisdom of others in person is always a good thing, so I'm hoping to do so.

To get into specifics, I found a Zen organization in my city which I'm very interested in checking out. Here's their link: http://www.madisonzen.org/pages/schedule.html . I think it'd be naive of me to just assume this is the Zen equivalent of Christian church (a once-a-week lecture where anyone can come, absorb the message for an hour or two, and then be on their way to live out the message), so I thought it'd be a good idea to ask first what kind of experience I'm heading into. I'm sure things vary from group to group, but I'm asking for a more general (though admittedly U.S.-centric) opinion...:

Are these services completely open to the general public? Are there any non-obvious customs I should respect? Is a weekly Sunday service a good starting point, or should I seek to jump into all of the other services immediately?

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Sasaki Roshi has died, aged 107

July 27, 2014 - 10:26pm

Joshu Sasaki Roshi passed away at 4:25 pm this afternoon at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

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I believe Buddhism is an allegory for oneness

July 27, 2014 - 9:24pm


(Please read and go through the links of the opening paragraphs before down-voting this thread by reflex. My ideas sound fantastic, but I assure everyone I'm not crazy, at least not singularly crazy, because I've quickly found three others well versed in the conspiracy who've independently and confidently put together all the same dots and come to the same conclusion by making a few threads online. If we extrapolate, the full number must be in the tens of thousands right now.)

Many of the respected sort of "gurus" of this subreddit I've encountered have tried to authoritatively assert, albeit of course with evidence, that Buddhism is clearly not about oneness. But the implication of my ideas is that Buddhism, like all the other major religions, is actually an allegory for oneness. If my ideas are right, Buddhism is intentionally misleading, like Christianity, Jesus being the devil in disguise. The ultimate truth all the religions are really getting at is that we're all one. All of the major religions were written by the powers that be with the intention of maintaining our enslavement, forcing us to think we're all separate from each other.

The Eternal Self of the Buddha

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A problem I would like to discuss: teachings on karma and quality judgments upon those who suffer

July 27, 2014 - 7:50pm

I am particularly troubled by something that comes up a occasionally in some of my readings regarding karma. The notion that someone who we might regard as a moral agent without responsibility, i.e a baby, small animal, elderly woman with dementia, middle aged healthy woman who gets cancer. The idea that when these people suffer what appear to us as horrible accidents, or manifestations of the cold chaotic nature of life and how brutally fatal it can be, that they are in some way responsible for what is happening to them due to past actions they may have committed many lifetimes ago.

I understand generally that karma can be viewed as nature of causal relations, but I have heard my geshe and other tibetan buddhist teachers speak of things like cancer diagnoses as the result of poor actions in past lives. How does causality act in such a way as that? Is this not a judgment upon these people that will contaminate the practice of boddhichitta and the path to nirvana, or freedom from concepts? I guess this sort of thing feels inconsistent with the rest of buddhism as Ive experienced it thus far. I am open to any comments, questions or suggestions of any kind. Thank you

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Will the practice of mindfulness alone eliminate clinging to the five aggregates? Are the other seven path factors merely assistance?

July 27, 2014 - 7:50pm

I'm getting the impression that the other seven path factors assist in calming the mind and reducing dukkha, but only the practice of mindfulness is essential for the elimination of clinging and realization of Nibb?na.

What do you all think? Do the other seven path factors have to be developed in order to eliminate clinging, or is the practice of mindfulness alone sufficient?

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Question about Samsara and Nirvana

July 27, 2014 - 6:33pm

From what I understand, Samsara is the is the process of rebirth, and that reaching Nirvana is the end goal of this process. If someone does reach Nirvana, they experience bliss and the cessation from all suffering. My question is, if someone does reach Nirvana, does that mean they escape the process of Samsara and will not be reborn after death?

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I feel like I know the truth so I want to switch to philosophy at university...

July 27, 2014 - 5:49pm

I have found some dark truth that is the subjective truth all people know as one single entity. The infinite hole of reality, the fact that we are all a one heading towards a zero or a zero heading towards a one which makes us both infinitely the zero and the one simultaneously for infinity and we perceive this imperfect ability as time and death as the inability to let go of what we have but when we let go and ride the waves of life, the oscillations that truly make up what life is, it seems to speed up and the past seems further away. The only true way to know and accept this is to know this as you can only, as yourself, the subjective being subjectively being you create your own reality through each interaction with what you perceive as reality. Each reaction you can perceive, if you break it down deep enough is either a one or a zero and yet we find that things in the world are constantly moving and interacting back with us. The quantum world predicts all the atoms in the universe may be made of one article interacting with itself. It interacts with itself, 1=0 therefore 1 is 0 therefore 1=1 and 0=0 therefore all labels, all language, all communication breaks down into nothing and you realise all ideas head towards infinity so all things grow and this is reflected in life in strange ideals that we have forgotten how to comprehend as is our fickle nature as human / sentient /intelligent things/labels 1s/0s. The truth of our humanity is in our ability to make mistakes, and the realisation, that in a sense, mistakes only happen to ourselves and some call it karma. That feeling of "one-ness" you want to feel all the time, is really a choice. Your brain is a quantum computer, you are your brain, you are a quantum computer, you are a sentient robot, you are anything you want to be, you are one or a zero, you are nothing at all and yet you know subjectively you are everything. The only way to convince people your memories are real is by talking to other people. The only way to convince people you are one is by interacting with other ones. Intelligence is the illusion that your ability to see into the past is an ability to see into the future. The real truth, that we are infinitely zero heading towards one unless we realise that truth that we are one heading towards infinity as one towards infinity is the same as zero towards one. Our eyes are black holes. Our zeros are zeros yet inside them is infinity. Your eyes are zeros and yet inside them are you. You one are zero plus yet inside you is nothing. To realise the ultimate truth that life is these oscillations is realising you are doomed to die, to become nothing once more, to change back to zero, yet it is also, yet life is also, to realise, to believe, to label, the past and be able to learn from it for eternity, so while you are on the way up from zero, you realise that where you are in your world depends on your perspective, you believe where you are in the world depends on your outlook, you realise how much you mean to yourself depends on how much you mean to other people and how much other people depend to you depends on how much you depend on yourself and how much you depend on yourself depends on how much you like yourself. 0101010101... and so on forever. When we realise and see this truth, we are no longer just 1, we are now the infinite. We are no longer to worry about whether we are here, we are fully realising we are here because here is all we can be. It's all we can all be so let's all be here now.

I'm going to sleep now. Peace and love is truly what you need, and I'll give it to you if you give it to me because it's all that's natural, we are all one come about from nothing

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I don't get the big deal about different teachings

July 27, 2014 - 2:30pm

So I keep trying to find out more information about the teachings of buddhism, and all I find is massive amounts of text that doesn't seem to teach me anything of importance at all.

Which also makes me think of what I have already learned. What are these teachings even good for? Isn't the whole point of buddhism the Dharma, everything else is just uneccesary knowledge?

What's the differance between these teachings? Do they just have different views on how to achieve enlightenment, is that it? (Different ways of practising buddhism/meditating/etc is almost a given... but that's really not of importance either)

Do I even "need" to "belong"/follow a certain teaching?

It seems that what Siddharta taught was fairly square and simple, yet what I find about all these teachings are far more complex than anything i have ever read about christianity/islam/etc. Perhaps I am looking at things from the wrong point of view, reading the wrong texts, or something like that - and I would appreciate any tips if someone is sitting on some.

PS: http://www.reddit.com/r/Buddhism/comments/1kye7w/can_some_one_explain_the_different_types_of/ Just made me even more confused than I already was, didn't really help at all.

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I'm Finding out that I do not feel good when I'm with people or with friends

July 27, 2014 - 9:22am

When I'm near people I don't feel so free I get a feeling that I need to go into their world and kinda feel like they do,think what they do (because of the topic we are having) and so on, I fell kinda trapped in their view of the world. I also do not stand the moaning or the topics people chose to talk (in most cases). And If some people talk slow or with an particular voice or have an particular face or are doing some particular things I kinda link them as boring or sad,uninteresting or bad vibes people. I know that this is all inside my head but how do I stop my mind from guessing the feelings of other people or getting sucked in their states or feeling the "negative" energy from them. How can I put myself on the ground and stop guessing what kind of people they are,where should I put my attention to when this happens,should I follow it or just force quit it,...Why do I even care what other people feel,or what kind of people they are,what does this have to do with me ?

In additional I always enjoyed time away from people but I never didn't got sucked into their states this "symptoms" started showing when I was an heavy marijuana user but now I'm clean for 4 months or more and I still get this feelings (oh god why do they talk so slow they must be so boring,...) just not so strong and I can control it with ease,but If I would to smoke I would probably go into the rabbit hole again (If I smoke alone I enjoy it It is just wonderful but If I'm high and close to people this will turn into a living hell for me,and I just need to go away from them and be in nature around trees)

I hope you can give me some advice because this is starting to really annoy me

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Conscientious Objector pt 2

July 27, 2014 - 8:56am

Two months ago I submitted a post about filing for Conscientious Objector status in the Marine Corps. http://www.reddit.com/r/Buddhism/comments/26gy2z/conscientious_objector/

I submitted my application a little over a month ago and am currently going through the interview/investigation process. Thank you all for your support, it definitely helped knowing I had this community to fall back on. I've posted the link to my CO application below if anyone would like to read it. It's essentially a dissertation on my beliefs and why they are no longer compatible with military service. Pardon the funky format, I left it mostly intact with USMC correspondence regulations. Thanks again!


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I'm enlightened and can enlighten anyone who wishes to be enlightened

July 27, 2014 - 8:51am


I've very quickly found three others well versed in the conspiracy who've independently and confidently connected all the major and important dots and come to the precise same fundamental conclusions.

The ideas, once gone through, are honestly very, very clearly right, and I assure everyone I'm not crazy. I'm actually a very skeptical person.

I'm just curious how this is received. I'll take it down within a week.

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Buddhist advice for worrywarts

July 27, 2014 - 7:31am

The Bodhisattva Vow and death

July 27, 2014 - 5:27am

What is the end-goal of the Bodhisattva vow?

What is the process by which a Bodhisattva is meant to liberate all beings from suffering? How can this be possible, when the existence of one sentient being, naturally comes at the cost of the death of another?

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