Two monks were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind.
"It's the wind that is really moving," stated the first one.
"No, it is the flag that is moving," contended the second.
The Zen abbot, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them.
"Neither the flag nor the wind is moving," he said, "It is mind that moves."
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Like many, I succumb to feeling the need to keep up with the Jones' at times. Not necessarily materialistically in purchases, but perhaps in name, title, money and "status". I often wonder what it is I like (job, hobbies, etc.), if my judgment wasn't clouded by this -- the difficulty is that I recognize its falsehood and my suffering as a result, I understand rationally that these are not happiness, but am unable to experientially believe it and fully let go.
Are there any texts relating to this? Or perhaps, anything you've learned from personal experience?submitted by bailarconmigo
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I want to live in a remote temple on mountain and teach English to novice monks and converse with the elder ones during meals etc. I require very low standard of living and can sub come to any lifestyle rules.
Ideally I want to stay for 6 months, for as low cost as possible, but I don't mind paying for my accommodation at all.
There's a lot of orgenizations offering their verson of this ideal, but most are in big cities, living off the temple etc.
What is the best way to get an authentic experience, where both parties benefit from me coming to stay with them?submitted by EliahtheMessiah
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Due to significance life events I'm in terrible distress from bad news about my dad, then started thinking about rebuilding his house into a beautiful thing. I feel attachment, greed, and a terrible person. I'm trying to block out the pain with physical possessions...submitted by MrSmily
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So, I've recently tried to get into meditating etc, after about a year's hiatus from trying it and I always see the power of mindfulness, but I Just don't know if I am doing it... right? I know of course, like many other religious and spiritual engagements it is personal and not a rigid act, but I just want to know if I have the general gist of it all - I try to do it whilst undergoing menial tasks, to get used to it, like doing the washing up, for example. So I make sure I do the washing up in silence, and In my head, there is an internal monologue of how/What I'm feeling, or what I'm seeing. So I will tell myself of the feel of the warm water on my skin, the slow rolling of the clouds, the refraction of the light on the glass.
Now, is this right? Should the internal voice be there, telling me this, or should I just be... Feeling it? Because if so, that seems very difficult!
Thank-you for any feedback in advance
Namaste xsubmitted by Cogito96
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Have to make a film for Tibetan kids. Does anyone know any mythology/short/folk stories for children from Tibetan Culture?
Hello, I am going to make a short film for my Diploma this semester. I will be going to Bylakuppe (Namdroling monastery), Karnataka, India. My audience is aged 6-8yrs old kids. Any story that is from the culture of Tibetan Buddhism will help. Thank you in advance. :)submitted by rotikapdamakan
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Today I had a run in with a very angry man at a gun range, he was very upset so I tried to keep my cool and calmly left with my family. Once I decided to go to sleep I realized I could not due to my anger towards this man. So I decided to meditate on it and ask for forgiveness and after a half hour or so I felt a warm wave of relief come over. I want to thank this subreddit for providing me with the knowledge Buddhism, it has honestly improved my life greatly! Thank you all very much and I hope that one day I too can share this wealth of knowledge to others in need.submitted by Kingwarpol
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I would really like to hear from people on this subreddit.
I've been doing an independent project called "Faces of Religion", where I profile people from all stations telling about how their beliefs ripple through their lives.
It's here on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/FacesOfReligion
But that's just a subgroup of the official posts on Tumblr and Facebook:
I'm very interested in hearing what you have to say. So much of the media is focused on the sensationalistic aspects of religion, and so little is simply a discovery about how religion fits into ordinary people's lives. I'd like to correct that by building a global snapshot. You can help by being a part of that big picture.
If you'd like to contribute, the profiles are usually fairly brief. They're annonymous. They usually include a photo, since this personalizes it and makes it more meaningful, but, as you'll see, if you go to the Facebook or Tumblr page, they don't have to include photos.
I'm going to post a comment here with questions that can get you started or you can come up with your own direction for the conversation. Then, if you'd like to participate, please post your response(s) here or on the subreddit ( r/FacesOfReligion )
That would be so great. :)submitted by CorinneFriesen
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"Bhikkhus, if beings knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would they allow the stain of meanness to obsess them and take root in their minds. Even if it were their last morsel, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared it, if there were someone to share it with. But, bhikkhus, as beings do not know, as I know, the result of giving and sharing, they eat without having given, and the stain of meanness obsesses them and takes root in their minds."
If beings only knew —
So said the Great Sage —
How the result of sharing
Is of such great fruit,
With a gladdened mind,
Rid of the stain of meanness,
They would duly give to noble ones
Who make what is given fruitful.
Having given much food as offerings
To those most worthy of offerings,
The donors go to heaven
On departing the human state.
Having gone to heaven they rejoice,
And enjoying pleasures there,
The unselfish experience the result
Of generously sharing with others.
The French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levnas had something similar to say:
Donner, être-pour-l’autre, malgré soi, mais en interrompant le pour-soi, c’est arracher le pain à sa bouche, nourrir la faim de l’autre de mon propre jeûne.
To give, to-be-for-the-other, despite oneself, by interrupting the for-oneself, that is to take the bread from one's mouth, to feed the hunger of the other with my own fasting.
When you are hungry, when you are starving, food is your most precious possession. Who then gives it away, this most precious thing? I think it's important to note that the point isn't to say 'oh it's just food, it's not important, have it'. I think the point is to acknowledge that because it is your most precious thing, the thing that could keep you alive, the thing you treasure most, it must be given away. And of course that's painful. Of course that could kill you.
And only someone who is living in comfort and does not have to think about if they will manage to eat today will think that it's 'just' food and so it's easy for them to give away.
Dana is truly a perfection to be perfected.submitted by suckinglemons
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After reading this book for the third time, figured I should share some of the best parts with you all. Hope it can help you as much as it has helped me. The author explains things in a way that is very clear and straightforward, and he only focuses on the core message that encapsulates Buddhism. It's a quick/easy read and I highly recommend you get the book if possible.
1) See things as they are
Enlightenment is seeing things as they are rather than how we wish or believe them to be
2) Don't get lose sight of the Buddha's main message
Buddhism is about awareness, not about belief, tradition or doctrine. These things distract from the Buddha’ simple wisdom
3) Everything is in a constant state of flux
We must understand that life is fleeting, that we are already complete and whole, and that we are our on refuge/salvation. Life is in flux and subject to constant change, and trying to preserve things, hold on to them, and keep them from changing causes suffering.
4) Enlightenment isn't a goal, it's about waking up
Enlightenment isn’t something to pursue. In fact, the more you pursue it, the further you are from it. It is about waking up to reality because you can’t escape reality. If we want to break the chain of suffering and confusion, our intention should only be to awaken. If our intention is partly to get something from being awake, however, this is already delusion.
5) Don't attach to desires, even the desire to end your desires
When a desire occurs, just recognize/notice it & do not attach to it. If you try to will yourself to forget the desire, then you are only making the matter worse by desiring to end a desire.
6) Don't try to explain reality through concepts like 'good' or 'bad'
The concepts of “good” and “bad” exemplify ineffective dualistic thinking. These terms are by nature conceptual, as they attempt to freeze the world into solid, separate entities, whether those entities are Goodness, Evil, selves, non-selves, books, light, enlightenment, Buddhism, or any thing or thought whatsoever. Of course, all such attempts fail. The world of experience simply isn’t frozen. Reality won’t be condensed into concepts.
7) Everything is connected, expand your perspective
We tend to think of ourselves as separate beings in nature, but we came out of this world, not into it. The way in which we see other things and people as separate is flawed. Everything is interconnected. This book is not merely this book, it is the sun as well. After all, if not for the sun, trees would not grow to produce the pulp to make paper. And we cannot forget Ts’ai Lun, who invented paper in the second century, or Johann Gutenberg, who found a way to apply movable type to a printing press in the fifteenth century, or the teams of people who invented and programmed the author’s computer, or the people who taught their teachers.
8) Notice when your mind is leaning
Start noticing if your mind is leaning - showing preferences, making calculations, trying to bring about, trying to push away. If, in observing your feelings, an inner commentary begins – “This is good,” “This is bad,” “I don’t like this” – just be aware that such comments are being made. Simply attend to your background feeling. Don’t try to alter it, just note it for what it is.
9) Morality comes from seeing the harm that comes from your negative actions
The person who sees reality avoids lying, stealing, and killing because they see the natural repercussions of such behavior, and that is leads to confusion, suffering, etc. Not because they think that it is against the rules or evil or they fear punishment.
10) We must become comfortable with not knowing
We have to become comfortable with not knowing- as we commonly think of knowing. If we could truly see this, we would cease our insistence on putting boxes, definitions, and beliefs around things. We’d be free from dogmatism, intolerance, arrogance, and insistence on particular outcome.submitted by Dirk_Happenstance
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There was a rare Buddha in Japan: Hotei. As soon as he was enlightened, as soon as he woke up he began laughing. And he continued laughing his whole life, traveling from village to village. In Japan they call him ”The Laughing Buddha.” He would stand in the middle of the marketplace and laugh. And his name spread far and wide. People used to wait for Hotei’s arrival. He had no other message than standing in the middle of the marketplace and laughing. A crowd would collect and they too would begin laughing.
People used to ask him, ”Please tell us something more.”
He would reply, ”What more is there to say? You are unnecessarily crying. You need a fool to make you laugh. This is my only message: Laugh! There is nothing missing, just have a good belly laugh. The whole existence is laughing: you are unnecessarily crying. Your crying is absolutely private. The whole existence is laughing: the moon and stars, flowers and birds all are laughing, you go on crying. Open you eyes and laugh! I have no other message.”
He laughed, and went on wandering from village to village. It is said he made all of Japan laugh. And people gradually began to get glimpses from laughing and laughing with him. It was his meditation, his very samadhi. People began to experience that they could laugh, they could be happy – without any cause.
The very search for causes is wrong. As long as you look for a reason before you laugh, you will never laugh. If you think you will be happy when there is a reason for it, then you will never be happy. Looking for reasons one becomes more and more unhappy. Cause belongs to suffering, happiness is your nature. Cause has to be created, suffering has to be created. Happiness is. Happiness is already present. Just let happiness manifest.
Writer : Oshosubmitted by lycheecandy
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