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Buddhism audiobooks

January 26, 2016 - 1:20pm
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>Hi <a href="/r/Buddhism">/r/Buddhism</a>,</p> <p>I started getting more serious about getting into Buddhism recently and I would like to learn more about it.<br/> The thing is that I can&#39;t get myself to sit down and read a book, or a longer article, so I was wondering if some of you might know a good book for learning about Buddhism which is made into an audiobook.</p> <p>Thanks in advance</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

The near shore.

January 26, 2016 - 12:02pm
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>&quot;Monks, I shall point out the nearest shore and the farthest shore. Hear this, and thoroughly attend to it in mind. I shall speak.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Just so, Venerable One,&quot; the monks assented to the Blessed One.</p> <p>&quot;What, monks, is the nearest shore; what is the farthest shore?</p> <p>&quot;Wrong view is the nearest shore; right view is the farthest shore;</p> <p>&quot;Wrong intention is the nearest shore; right intention is the farthest shore;</p> <p>wrong speech is the nearest shore; right speech is the farthest shore;</p> <p>wrong conduct is the nearest shore; right conduct is the farthest shore;</p> <p>wrong livelihood is the nearest shore; right livelihood is the farthest shore;</p> <p>wrong effort is the nearest shore; right effort is the farthest shore;</p> <p>wrong mindfulness is the nearest shore; right mindfulness is the farthest shore;</p> <p>wrong concentration is the nearest shore; right concentration is the farthest shore;</p> <p>wrong knowledge is the nearest shore; right knowledge is the farthest shore;</p> <p>wrong liberation is the nearest shore; right liberation is the farthest shore.</p> <p>&quot;This, monks, is the nearest shore; this is the farthest shore.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an10/an10.118.niza.html">AN 10.118</a></p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

Robbery and Buddhism

January 26, 2016 - 11:20am
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>So Yesterday night I came home from work and found that the flat had been robbed. They took the PlayStation and had a good rummage through the drawers. </p> <p>Whilst I would&#39;ve previously been very upset by this, I found it quite easy to relax about it. As Ajahn Brahm always suggests, I enjoyed the robbery. I got lots of sympathy, I got a lie in from work, I learned more about home security and got to alert others that there is robbers about. </p> <p>Silver linings all round!</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

I feel like the core concept of Buddhism is to numb the human experience...

January 26, 2016 - 9:53am
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>I&#39;m an outsider looking in. My toes just dipping into the practice of Buddhism. And I&#39;ve been doing lots of reading before I take any further steps into the journey.</p> <p>The more I read, the more I&#39;m worried that the idea of enlightenment, or even just the control of ones emotions through meditation... is essentially depriving oneself of the magic of life.</p> <p>Isn&#39;t sadness and pain part of the human experience? We need darkness to see light and all that. If we eliminate all suffering, then how would we have anything to compare joy with?</p> <p>If the world accepted the belief of controlling one&#39;s emotions and not allowing them flourish, wouldn&#39;t art cease to be interesting? Wouldn&#39;t stories be predictably boring and repetitive? Wouldn&#39;t we, as humans, cease to be interesting to one another? </p> <p>Wouldn&#39;t life, itself, cease to be interesting?</p> <p>I&#39;m sure it&#39;s a question many of you have asked, but I can&#39;t seem to find a solid answer. Any help would be eternally appreciated.</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

Thoughts on owning and tending a small bar?

January 26, 2016 - 9:34am
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>I might be opening a small bar / coffee shop for tourists in Cusco and tending it with a buddhist friend. </p> <p>Any scriptures warning against this, specifically? Any personal perspectives?</p> <p>Thanks in advance.</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

Question about Buddhism and theodicy. Coming from Judeo-Christian perspective dealing with &quot;Natural Evil&quot; and trying to find my way using a basic Buddhist map.

January 26, 2016 - 8:39am
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>Assume theodicy is &quot;a defense of the goodness/justice of God in light of the evidential problem evil&quot;. Am I generally correct in assuming the following, in no particular order: </p> <p>1.) Buddhism doesn&#39;t need theodicy because there&#39;s no assumption of the tri-omni god (omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent) to begin with. </p> <p>2.) On the contrary, Buddhism posits &#39;suffering&#39; as a brute fact. Starting there subverts the need to deal with it if/when it comes up later. </p> <p>3.) <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_evil">Natural evil</a>. Buddhism doesn&#39;t assume humans are the only creatures who are capable of suffering. More pointedly it already admits other beings do suffer. The way to interact with this as a human is covered through ... </p> <pre><code>1. not directly causing suffering (when possible) 2. actively relieving suffering (when possible) 3. and perhaps most importantly, handling that perceived suffering &quot;out there&quot; within your own mind first because ..... (not sure what goes here??). Because beyond 1. &amp; 2. you&#39;re into delusion territory (you can only do what you can do)? If you&#39;re trying to make it go away (&quot;out there&quot;) /get away from it (literally, again &quot;out there&quot;), that&#39;s aversion? </code></pre> <p>Anything else on 3. specifically? </p> <p>Thanks in advance. </p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

¤¤¤ Weekly /r/Buddhism Meditation Discussion ¤¤¤ - January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016 - 4:05am
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>This thread is a place to discuss meditation and meditation experiences, primarily in relation to your studies and practices of Buddhism. Also, if you have had drug experiences that led you to the practice of Buddhism, this would be the place to discuss them.</p> <p>Comment scores are deactivated.</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

Fragments of Dharmakirti's Sanskrit poetry

January 26, 2016 - 3:31am

Buddhism about ''pleasure''

January 26, 2016 - 3:23am
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what are your favorite Ajahn Chah talks?

January 26, 2016 - 2:35am
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>The Flood of Sensuality</p> <p>The Natural Mind</p> <p>Edit: thank you for the suggestions</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

Karmapa on Pain of human existence

January 26, 2016 - 1:16am
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>Accept that pain is a natural part of life: From time to time we will go through pain, emotional turmoil and crises, simply because all of these are part and parcel of our human existence.</p> <p>Therefore, understanding that however hard we might try we cannot exactly avoid such experiences, we might as well accept them and learn something from them. However hard we might try to avoid the inevitable, when we accept and attempt to understand painful experiences, we can learn and grow.</p> <p>Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

Cambodian monks in the temples of Angkor

January 25, 2016 - 10:15pm

Three types of suffering

January 25, 2016 - 8:57pm
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><ul> <li> Suffering of suffering<br/></li> </ul> <p><em>&quot;What is the suffering upon suffering? It is that which is painful when arising, painful when remaining, and pleasant when changing&quot;</em></p> <ul> <li> Suffering of change<br/></li> </ul> <p><em>&quot;The suffering of change is that which is pleasant when arising, pleasant when remaining, but painful when ceasing&quot;</em></p> <ul> <li> All-pervasive suffering of conditioning<br/></li> </ul> <p><em>&quot;“The suffering of being conditioned is not apparent when it arises, remains or ceases, but it is still the cause of suffering.”</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Three_types_of_suffering">Source</a></p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

Comparing myself to my GFs previous relationships

January 25, 2016 - 8:54pm
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>I have been thinking about this topic a lot and I would like some other opinions.</p> <p>Situation: I am a 28 year old male, my Girlfriend, 30, (we are in a committed relationship) has told me that she did a normal sexual act with her ex boyfriend and one of the reasons why I want her to do this for me (she has not yet) is because she has done it before.</p> <p>If she had told me that she had never done it before in her life, I don&#39;t think I would care about it as much as I do knowing that she has done it before.</p> <p>Problem: I understand that she is a different person now then she was a few years ago. I understand that I should not have expectations and I should accept what she does and does not give me.</p> <p>However I am finding it very difficult to not feel upset that she wanted to give more pleasure to her ex then she does to me. I feel like I am worth less then her ex, that she values me less. I feel hurt right now.</p> <p>How should I move forward? Is it normal to feel upset in this situation? Is this just me needing ego validation? If so, how can I get over it? </p> <p>Thanks!</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

Questions on being asked a koan and hitting the floor hard with the palm of your hand

January 25, 2016 - 8:23pm
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>I am affiliated with two Buddhist centers and one of them, they&#39;d ask you koans. These questions are very vague and abstract to the point that I don&#39;t take them seriously. Right after a koan is asked, and the one that comes to my mind is wind blowing a flag (&quot;what is moving, the flag or wind?&quot;). Anyways after the question is asked, the protocol is to hit the ground with your hand hard. And the teacher will reply &quot;only that?&quot; Then you say the first thing that comes to mind. This has similarities to a Rorscach Test because you&#39;re (a) given a vague and fragmented meme - whether through a picture or through a story, (b) you&#39;re asked to interpret it quickly. </p> <p>Anyways, if I were to be authentic in &quot;answering&quot; a koan, because I don&#39;t take them seriously, I&#39;d simply sing the song in my mind at that moment. If I were to yelp out the first word that came to my mind, it would be an unfiltered view on my current situation which would make me look like I have Tourretes Syndrome. </p> <p>What are your thoughts about the koans, and how would you answer them?</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

What is life?

January 25, 2016 - 7:43pm
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A Little Help, Please.

January 25, 2016 - 7:31pm
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>So this is going to be a bit ironic, but I would really like help on it. I would really like to stop complaining. For the most part, I am fine with stopping myself with complaining about anything that is going on in my life. Through my practice I have been able to accept things and move on. It&#39;s never a big deal, and I don&#39;t feel like complaining I really don&#39;t like the negative energy associated with it.</p> <p>The issue that I run into a lot is when other people complain. For some reason that always irritates me like nothing else. I never say anything, if I do, I offer condolences because they are upset. A lot of times it&#39;s mostly over simple things, like work. Work is a big one. I&#39;m in college and work is to be expected, I try not to complain about it. But everyone around me seems to always complain about having to do work, like it isn&#39;t the norm. Or art supplies, I&#39;m an art student, and we have to buy our supplies. Yeah, they&#39;re pricy, but its always worth it.</p> <p>See here I go complaining about complaining. I guess what I am asking is how can I not let this bother me so much? How can I stop complaining myself too? Like I said I don&#39;t like the negative energy it gives off. </p> <p>Thank you for any help offered.</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by

For the politically engaged among you, there's /r/BuddhistSocialism!

January 25, 2016 - 6:41pm
<!-- SC_OFF --><div class="md"><p>Hi all, <a href="/r/BuddhistSocialism">/r/BuddhistSocialism</a> is a new subreddit that is, well, exactly what you&#39;d expect. I consider my Buddhist and political practices to strongly inform each other, so I thought this might be up some of your alleys.</p> </div><!-- SC_ON --> submitted by