are they different depending on which drugs? like weed compared to heroin? and how are mind altering drugs such as Acid, Magical mushrooms, etc seen? because hallucinogenic drugs have caused people to have spiritual awakenings? and positive effects on ones life afterwards (hallucinogenics)?submitted by Ms_rop
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(Potthapada Sutta): Citta, these are the world's designations, the world's expressions, the world's ways of speaking, the world's descriptions, with which the Tathagata expresses himself but without grasping to them.
The footnote says...
The Commentary takes this is as the Buddha's affirmation of the idea — which in later centuries became current in all schools of Buddhism — that he spoke truth on two levels: conventional and ultimate. In context, though, the Buddha seems to be referring merely to the fact that he has adopted the linguistic usages of his interlocutors simply for the sake of discussion, and that they should not be interpreted out of context.submitted by C-xC-s
My grandmother has been suffering from alzheimers for several years. Recently we were informed that she had stopped eating and was likely reaching the end of her life. She is survived by her husband and two daughters both over 40.
I've largely been able to come to terms with it, we've known this was coming for a long time. (technically I could have predicted this coming from the start of every relationship) but I worry for my mother, aunt, and grandfather. I believe they will be hit much harder by this loss than I am.
What I want to know is how I can be a source of comfort for my family in this difficult time. None of them are Buddhists, and none of them believe in reincarnation. It's understandable that they might get depressed if they think that death is the end. I don't want to change their minds about this subject, or even make it clear that I am coming to this from a Buddhist perspective. I don't want them to think I am trying to change them, nor do I actually want to change their beliefs. I just want to know what I can do to ease their suffering.submitted by icmonkeys3000
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To start I should say I'm in high school. My girlfriend recently received some inappropriate messages from another guy that goes to our school. No pictures or threats however he was very sexually inappropriate. She told me this and my first response was anger. I was livid and she was scared. i'm urging her to report him however she hasn't decided and I'm not going to make her do anything.
My question here is what's the best way to go about this. How should I handle my anger, how should I talk to him (if at all)? I want to hate him because his actions are unacceptable however I know hatred isn't the right way.submitted by Bhalobashi
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I have trouble letting go of some horrible memories, and I have suffered majorly from anxiety disorders based upon being afraid not being able to perform well, any good help on letting go of the desire for happiness, feeling good about myself and reaching inner peace? its in my way to actual inner peace, the fact that I want it, and I need some good pointers.submitted by psychicdoofus
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I am a 22 year old male living in Colorado. I see no future for me living in Western society, the stimulus of modern society overwhelms me and I find it very difficult to find contentment. I have a lot to learn about Buddhism and I plan to become very active in my local temple in the coming months. I have no desire for money and no drive to acquire it which is making it very difficult for me to function and feed myself here. So my question is would it eventually be possible for me to give up my life here and dedicate my life to meditation in a setting where I will not have to maintain a capitalist job to stay fed and warm?submitted by Giuseppe-is-love
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Given all the discussion and ideology of embracing impermanence and change that is out of our control, should I have the same mentality about embracing constants and stagnation that is beyond my control?
I'll post the backstory that inspired this question as a comment in an attempt to widen the discussion beyond my situation.submitted by Madejyalook
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After watching a few videos about Buddhism, I believe this philosophy can really help me. But I am restricted to youtube videos as the country I live in doesn't offer any courses or information about Buddhism. So people with experience please tell me what to read, watch and practise.submitted by TheMJCG
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Hello. I just wanted to share my story with you guys and hopefully get some reactions from more "experienced" Buddhists (experienced in a buddhist lifestyle, that is).
I am a 19 year old male from the Netherlands. I live and study at Leiden University. I study Chinese languages and cultures. Last year, I took a course in Chinese Philosophy and Religions, and this year I am taking classes in Tibetan Culture and Chinese Buddhism. I am very intrigued by Buddhism (always have been), but in this academic way I see it for what it really is, instead of just seeing it as the exotic religion that most Westerners think it is. Even after seeing it in a realistic way, I think it is an interesting religion that has an answer to my questions.
I live with my girlfriend (and eight other students) in a dormitory, where we all have our own room. My girlfriend and I have been together for about 20 months now and I am very happy with her. However, over the past year I have had internal problems that I could not discuss with her. I could talk about all the stress I felt from my studies, but not about the problems I felt regarding her. I had the feeling there were things she could not give me. She is kind of in an existential crisis right now (like a quarter-life crisis) and therefore she has many problems as well. Since this summer, however, my studies of Buddhism and my subsequent change of attitude has improved our life together and brought the pure love back.
Needless to say, this combination of great interest and feeling much happier by changing my attitude has motivated me to start living a Buddhist lifestyle. I just have trouble seeing where to start. I already try to help people the best I can and be compassionate and loving. I am also trying to simplify my life and be mindful. I have ordered a copy of the Lotus Sutra to read and I am currently reading "An Introduction to Buddhism" by Peter Harvey and books by Thich Nhat Hanh.
I have not chosen one branch of Buddhism to adhere to (yet), because I see many elements that I deem true in many different branches, and I cannot help but wonder if the word and thought of the Buddha has not been simply dispersed among these branches?
Thank you in advance :)
"Listen, Shariputra, form is emptiness, and emptiness is form. Form is not other than emptiness, emptiness is not other than form. The same is true with feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness."
~Thich Nhat Hanh's translation of the Heart Sutrasubmitted by jloost-gamer
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I'm sorry if it sounds ignorant, but I haven't had too much experience with Buddhism. What insights must one realize to be enlightened? I've heard about the insights of impermanence, selflessness, and unsatisfactoriness. I've also read a bit about dependent origination and emptiness. So, which insights exactly make one "enlightened"? Also, how does it happen? Does one just realize them and it's done? or does he have to cultivate them somehow? Thank you.submitted by szamanesz
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Not really a greatly beneficial post but I wanted to share. I have been mindful recently of so much attachment to my appearance, femininity, how I look to others, self-image, identification with the body. I just went at my long hair with scissors and hacked it off. It felt immensely freeing. I know this is trivial and clearly if you are going to do something practice the eightfold path. But if you are female I think there can be a lot of baggage in this area. Cutting off my hair was an outer trigger to let go within. Also good practice for potential monasticism. :)submitted by shhbuddy
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