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Sex and Meditation

2 hours 55 min ago

Hi everyone,

For those out there who are meditation practitioners and in general, try to follow Buddhist precepts - in your experience, how do you mix your sexual life and meditation?

Sometimes it would appear to be that both things do not mix, because sex is a source of desire (if I go without it for some time I want it). But on the other hand, it is also one of the best ways to express love.

What do you think?

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How do you know that Buddhism is right?

November 23, 2014 - 5:54pm

Just a question. How do you know that Buddhism is right?

I understand that Guatama taught not to take his word for it but to see for yourself if what he said is true, experientially.

But what if what Buddha realized, discovered, uncovered is just another layer of Illusion......another dimension stacked on top, or just behind this 3d one?

All those experiences and breakthroughs he discusses could just possibly be the characteristics of another layer of Illusion, where upon entering it, there is no Self (anatta), and all the fetters are cut as a pre-requisite to enter into and experience those layers of Illusion.

How can you really know for sure beyond trust/faith, beyond even experiencing those things for yourself?

I mean we experience Life everyday and believe it to be true and believe ourselves to exist, until we start to question things.

Ad Infinitum the layers of an illusuory Onion.......who can really say or know?

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Mischievous Monks

November 23, 2014 - 2:11pm

What is the Buddhist definition of happiness.

November 23, 2014 - 1:25pm

I'm preparing a tall on meditation, Neuroscience and happiness. I'm struggling with a concise definition of happiness from a Buddhist perspective. (I'm much more comfortable presenting the Neuroscience than the philosophical aspects) What I would say at this point is "an experience of warmth or satisfaction with the momentary content of phenomenal experience." I'm sure there are people here who are much wiser on this topic than I. Thanks for any guidance.

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Why are Buddhists such assholes?

November 23, 2014 - 12:16pm

How to do Mindfulness (Sati) of the Mindfulness-Awakening-Factor (Sati-Sambojjhanga) — By Joseph Goldstein [AUDIO]

November 23, 2014 - 11:21am

Dhamma teacher Joseph Goldstein's "Satipatthana Sutta Series", part 27: Factors Of Awakening — Mindfulness

Confused? Background:

On whatever occasion the monk remains focused on the body in & of itself — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world, on that occasion his mindfulness is steady & without lapse. When his mindfulness is steady & without lapse, then mindfulness as a factor for awakening becomes aroused. He develops it, and for him it goes to the culmination of its development.

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Who are the most transparent Buddhist teachers?

November 23, 2014 - 9:57am

What teacher or "master" do you consider to be most upfront about their struggles and shortcomings but also enlightened?

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Interested in joining a monastery

November 23, 2014 - 9:50am

My mother's boyfriend and I are interested in really experiencing a Buddhist monastery. The dream would be a mostly isolated monastery in the sense that it isn't crowded with day-to-day tourists and isn't located in a city, but still allows for month-long visitation. Ideally it would be located in Asia and we would be able to take a vow of silence for a month. We have no illusions about the difficulty of such a thing, but does anyone have more information on ways of going about this?

I appreciate any help.

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I'd like to get my daughter some books introducing her to different religions for Christmas, including Buddhism, but I'm having difficulty finding some. Can you help me, /r/Buddhism?

November 23, 2014 - 9:50am

My 7 year old daughter has been to a Christian church a few times in her life because her grandparents have taken us, and has begun speaking about Jesus and God and Christianity as though it's just part of how the world works, because it's all she's been exposed to.

I have a very complicated past with the church, and I never wanted to tell her what was true, I always wanted her to decide for herself. I'm incredibly uncomfortable with her just assuming that Christianity is what's true as a result of her only being exposed to that option, so I've decided to introduce her to as many religions as I can, to allow her the chance to educate herself and decide on her own.

My goal was to find books that explain the basics of each religion to her, kind of like an introductory lesson for a young child, if that makes sense? She LOVES reading, and she loves learning in general. I'm having an extremely hard time finding books meant for children her age, though - books meant for toddlers are easy to get, but not so much for a 7 year old. Can you guys help me out?

I don't know if this matters according to the rules of this subreddit, but I plan on cross posting this to other places related to Islam, Hinduism, etc, because I'm having an equally difficult time with the other religions as well.

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Drugs and the Origins of Buddhism

November 23, 2014 - 9:46am

The source is book called "Religions of India in Practice" by D.S. Lopez

So...we all know the Buddhism's main idea that humans perception of the world is the illusion and that the reality is not as we see it or think we know it. But do you know where this idea came from?

It has been argued by many scholars that Buddha borrowed a lot from Hinduism, things like dharma, karma, etc.Hinduism in turn was influences by Vedas and other ancient teachings. One of them is hymns of Rg Veda that had a curious entity called SOMA. Soma was basically some sort of drug or hallucinogen. In Rg Veda it is described as "a plant, a liquid made by crushing the stalks of that plant, and a god personifying the effects of ingesting this concoction"

The Rg Veda priests would get high on this stuff and think that they mingle with gods. More importantly, while being high they were able to see all kinds of shit, including things being connected, related, even though they were not connected or related while the priests were sober.These revelations were inspired by SOMA, and were not seen as delusions or hallucinations, or drug related effects, but instead as something that transcended the normal awareness and consciousness and move to the real of what is truly real. From these drug induced states was born the major premise that what is real is not accessible through normal human experience (i.e. being sober) but instead could only be achieved through other means like meditations, yoga, rituals, devotional fervor and so on.

Sounds familiar? So Buddhism is built on the notions some dudes who got high came up with because they were delusional and were hallucinating.

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I was scammed yesterday. Can r/Buddhism offer some advice?

November 23, 2014 - 9:25am

I was scammed out of $100 in a rather stupid way. The money doesn't concern me as much as this deep shame and stupidity that I feel. I have since retreated into my shell out of fear of going outside and doing more stupid things. I don't follow Buddhism closely, but any bits and pieces that I have read in the past have been very comforting and showed me different ways to approach problems. Do you think you guys could offer some advice, or show me where to look, to help me move beyond this?

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Historicity of the Buddha: To what extent do we know Gautama the man existed?

November 23, 2014 - 9:09am

Are any sources of information about the man known to be contemporary and reliable? How are facts about his life in India known?

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