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Any users of r/buddhism interested in poetry?

October 27, 2014 - 7:59pm

I started doing improvisational stream of consciousness poetry over the summer for people who I had never physically met before. What I would do is stand on a street corner and ask "hey, want me to write you a poem?" And then I would. It's pretty cool, I know, but I didn't come here to toot my own horn; I came to ask if any of you here on r/buddhism have ever thought of writing poetry?

Before I started writing I had a huge inclination toward matters philosophical, and later spiritual. This translated in my poetry, and I think a lot of what people enjoyed was my mindfulness, and how I could share that with them through the observation of poetry. This is why I am posting here today, I am curious what a predominantly buddhist or at the very least, "buddhistly-inclined" community would come up with in regards to poetry. So if you have a moment, and would like to submit me an anonymous poem, I would be ecstatic to read it!

It is truly simpler than it seems to write poetry. I will demonstrate this by writing one right now just for all of you.

How can I show you that poems are easy?

If I write one write now, although it may be cheesy

I anticipate that you will believe me.

So here it is,

And as a subtle twist

I am actually

A taoist.

Shoot Poetry

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How to remain calm/release anger/stress during stressful times?

October 27, 2014 - 7:06pm

I know there's no correct answer as such, but what do you do to keep yourself cool and collected?

When you're happier and more relaxed, the whole world becomes nicer and it's a good influence on others.

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Mindfulness and compassion on reddit.

October 27, 2014 - 11:26am

Do you practice mindfulness and compassion of reddit? I have recently worked on using reddit as my charnel grounds, especially /r/cringepics. What ways do you guys use reddit? Do you find ways to stay mindful and practice compassion, or do you see reddit as taking a "break" from such practices.


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Tips for Sleepiness and Wandering Mind — Buddhist Monk, Ajahn Chah

October 27, 2014 - 11:19am

A Still Forest Pool

...As for sleepiness, there are many ways to overcome it. If you are sitting in the dark, move to a lighted place. Open your eyes. Get up and wash or slap your face, or take a bath. If you are sleepy, change postures. Walk a lot. Walk backwards. The fear of running into things will keep you awake. If this fails, stand still, clear the mind, and imagine it's broad daylight. Or sit on the edge of a high cliff or deep well. You won't dare sleep! If nothing works, then just go to sleep. Lie down carefully, and try to be aware until the moment you fall asleep. Then as soon as you awaken, get right up...

Q: I still have many thoughts, and my mind wanders a lot, even though I'm trying to be mindful.

A: Don't worry about this. Just try to keep your mind in the present. Whatever arises in the mind, just watch it and let go of it. Don't even wish to be rid of thoughts. Then the mind will return to its natural state. No discriminating between good and bad, hot and cold, fast and slow. No me and no you, no self at all-just what there is. When you walk there is no need to do anything special. Simply walk and see what is there. No need to cling to isolation or seclusion. Wherever you are, know yourself by being natural and watching. If doubts arise, watch them come and go. It's very simple. Hold on to nothing.

It's as though you are walking down a road. Periodically you will run into obstacles. When you meet defilements, just see them and overcome them by letting them go. Don't think about the obstacles you've already passed; don't worry about those you have not yet seen. Stick to the present. Don't be concerned about the length of the road or the destination. Everything is changing. Whatever you pass, don't cling to it. Eventually the mind will reach its natural balance where practice is automatic. All things will come and go of themselves.

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October 27, 2014 - 11:08am

I am new to Buddhism and reading everything I can. Are there classes I can take in the Los Angeles area. Pasadena?

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Buddhism, Purity and Perfection

October 27, 2014 - 9:07am

I was interested in what Buddhism and Buddhists have to say about the ideas of purity, purification and perfection.

What comes to mind immediately are the Noble Eight "Rights", the six perfections, Vajrasattva, ect.

I was looking for others insights onto the topic, in terms of practice, or whatever anyone has to say about it.


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Disability, dependency, attachment, and suffering.

October 27, 2014 - 7:16am

How does one not form attachment when one is physically dependant on another person for their basic needs? For example, if one is physically disabled and their spouse has to provide for their care, how does the disabled person's dependence not cause fear of loss, fear of abandonment, etc?

How does the disabled person not make themselves a burden and cause their spouse stress and suffering? How does one come to grips with the suffering one sees the burden of their care imposes? How does a couple maintain an equal partnership, and not devolve into a "parent/child" type of relationship?

EDIT: Additional questions:
How does the disabled one not feel guilt for asking for the caregiver to attend to their physical (and sometimes emotional) needs, when one has to ask for these things daily?
How does one who is disabled help alleviate the suffering of their spouse/caregiver when the caregiver does not know Buddhism? How does one share the gift of the path with them without imposing it or creating expectations?

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Any recommendations for Buddhist cartoons or 'light' media?

October 27, 2014 - 6:41am

One of the things I most enjoy about Adventure Time is that Jake is Buddhist (at least, I'm convinced that he is), and that leads to so many opportunities for exploration of Buddhist thoughts and ideas in a way everyone can relate to ("See this cup? It's my favourite." smash).

I grew up watching things like Veggie Tales and The Book Keepers (I think that's what it was called), which were about Christian values, and they were great for explaining Christian ideas in 'real world' scenarios. They didn't strike a chord with me, but I appreciated how they made these complex ideas accessible. Is there anything like that for Buddhists, or Buddhist children? I know there are plenty of great representations of Buddhism or Buddhist-ish ideas in popular 'serious' media, but I find a lot of it a bit bleak. I see Buddhism as a source of joy in my life, and it gets me down a bit when most depictions of it seem to revolve around death and overcoming despair. I mean, death's as bleak as you make it, but other things also happen in life...

One recommendation I have for others who would like an answer to this question is the 'Buddha' graphic novel series by Osamu Tezuka, of Astroboy fame. It's epic, immersive, and both funny and sad with an emphasis on neither. Regardless of the violence and nudity I'd recommend it for anyone above the age of about 11. Another book for slightly older readers would be Siddhartha by Herman Hess, which I'm sure many of you will be familiar with. If not, read it, it's one of the most rewarding fiction books I've come across. The Art of Happiness (Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler) isn't a novel, but it reads kind of like one, and I definitely recommend it also. Metta :)

Edit: I should add that stuff in Mandarin would be especially good, since it would help my language learning too ;)

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The Buddha describes the island amongst the flood

October 27, 2014 - 6:38am
[Kappa:] For one stranded in the middle of the lake, in the flood of great danger — birth — overwhelmed with aging & death: Tell me the island, dear sir, and show me the island so that this may not happen again. [The Buddha:] For one stranded in the middle of the lake, in the flood of great danger — birth — overwhelmed with aging & death, I will tell you the island, Kappa. Having nothing, clinging to no thing: That is the island, there is no other. That's Unbinding, I tell you, the total ending of aging & death. Those knowing this, mindful, fully unbound in the here & now, don't serve as Mara's servants, don't come under Mara' s sway. -Sutta Nipatta submitted by numbersev
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Is Ajahn Thanissaro against gender equality?

October 26, 2014 - 9:41pm

Hey you fellow dharma practioners!

Maybe you are like me and really enjoy the teachings of Thanissaro Bhikkhu. I personally love the way he teaches very practical and close to the suttas.

Maybe you are aswell just really sick and tired of sexism in religion. Especially in Buddhism.

Well, unfortunately during the last month, I was confronted with some quite disturbing information, that suggests, that Thanissaro Bhikkhu has problems with the idea of fully ordained bhikkhunis in general. (It's close to impossible to find any personal statement on the issue by himself.)

1) his letter refuting the validity of the bhikkhuni ordination 2009 (and subsequently all other bhikkhuni ordinations in modern teravada):


and the telling fact that it basically convinced no-one:


2) A monk from Bodhinyana told me that he also wrote a letter at the time stating, that "to defend bhikkhuni ordination was only acting of sexual desire"

I hope this one is simply not true, because it just is pretty wierd.

3) I talked to Ajahn Thanissaro on the phone, and he said he is not convinced that it's possible to ever revive the bhikkhuni lineage, because there aren't any well trained female monastics. And there never will be such. He said its important to practice close to a good teacher (which I completely agree on), but thats only possible as a 8 precept nun (I don't really know about that).

I find all these actions untenable for one living and teaching in a western country. As much as I like his teachings, discirimation based on gender is something so ridiculous, that I am not sure whether I can follow his teachings anymore.

Maybe its not sexism. Maybe he really believes, that it is better for women to train as 8 preceptors, than to practice in the way that the Buddha wanted. Maybe its loyalty to tradition. Maybe its a mix of all of them. Hard to tell.

So, don't get me wrong. I'd love to find a way to understand his viewpoint in a way that is not sexist or whatever. But given the information that I have right now, it seems really hard.

Incase you have any other information on the matter or another way of looking at it, please offer it for the peace of mind of all beings involved. :)

with Metta,

Edit: If you have a certain question you want to ask Thanissaro Bhikkhu himself, it is possible. You can call him everyday between 6 and 7 pm californian time. Contact details are here: http://www.watmetta.org/contact.html

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What do your idle thoughts consist of?

October 26, 2014 - 9:26pm

I consider my self a relatively "zen" individual. I'm logically aware of the importance in enjoying the present moment as it is. Going with the flow of life, rather than struggling against the currents. Not forming attachments, experiencing my emotions without losing my self to them (undoubtedly the hardest practice). I even like to think I've got the whole minimalist life style down pat. I've chosen to live out of a tent this whole last summer, now I reside in a van trying to emphasize the "less is more" aspect of my life.

But I find I'm constantly fantasizing about the future. "I want to learn wood working and car mechanics next, I'll travel to this awesome place and do climb a whole bunch, some day I'm going to buy a piece of property and build my own little house, I'm going to design it just like so. " I've noticed my mind is so pre occupied with the future that I worry it takes away from what's right in front of me.

Thoughts? I would reckon that fantasy, and direction are at the core of being alive. But I feel as if it's counter-productive to be focused SO much on future dreams.

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Is the pure land a real place or a state of mind?

October 26, 2014 - 8:41pm

Trying to understand how most people interpret the Amitabha sutra.

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Is there a legal herb that I can smoke for a calming effect?

October 26, 2014 - 6:20pm

I'm asking as I have trouble focusing on meditation, and this seems to be a viable option for me. I don't want anything illegal, addictive or that can cause any sort of high to interfere with work and school.

So far I've found that herbs usually used in teas such as green or chamomile can work, but when I drink these teas I usually find there to be very little effect, and I don't know if smoking them would intensify them or if what is found in commercial teabags is just very weak when drank. Drinking tea regardless is also inconvenient for me.

I'm sorry if this is the wrong subreddit for this question; I wasn't sure where else to post it. If you would like me to delete it I will gladly do so.


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I got to see His Holiness today!

October 26, 2014 - 4:04pm

What sentence or phrase or paragraph was the most liberating/enlightening to read for you?

October 26, 2014 - 3:49pm

Sometimes im reading about zen/general buddhism and ill read something that just makes the whole universe make sense.

I could really use something like that today.

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Question about Theravada/Mahayana differences, particularly the Bodhisattva ideal.

October 26, 2014 - 12:11pm

I'm a relatively new practitioner of buddhism, and have thus far been studying in the Theravada school, particularly the Insight movement. I'm very interested in understanding the differences between Theravada and Mahayana, and am particularly interested in the concepts of buddha nature and bodhisattvas.

How exactly does a bodhisattva go about helping to liberate others? How does this differ from the compassion/loving-kindness practiced in Theravada? Are there any other differences I should be aware of?

For instance, there is a Soto Zen temple, a Diamond Way Tibetan temple, and an Insight Meditation temple in my city. What are some differences I would notice visiting each of these on any given day?

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Meditation for fear or anxiety?

October 26, 2014 - 10:46am

Hi everyone :),

I have heard Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron speak of a meditation for fear and cultivating fearlessness; but when trying to find it online - I cannot find anything. Does anyone know what it is :)?

Aside from this, are there any good Buddhist practices or meditations which help one with anxiety? I have some mild-moderate social anxiety :)

Thank you :)!

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Is the human race really mostly just seekers of pleasure with occasionally good deeds if they are easy or fitting enough?

October 26, 2014 - 6:41am

I recently learned that it is Japanese custom to skin and cut out a fish's eyes nose mouth all while it's alive, for a fresher taste. The video is here but I warn you it is graphic. Now I understand that the west is not great either with factory farming but it seems that mainly stems from capitalistic conflict with humane treatment of animals. While this Japanese practice seems like mere hedonism. How can a whole culture accept this barbaric treatment of fellow life? I'd like some support and furthermore some faith in my fellow humans, because I feel pretty disgusted and down and out. Thanks

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