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Suffering and sitting cross legged

April 14, 2014 - 11:00pm

Ever since I've had an interest in Buddhism I have meditated. Ever since about 6th grade my legs have just not folded correctly. I mean I really just can't sit cross legged without some sort of pain. I believe it's just the way my legs grew. I meditate a lot, and I stretch a lot, but there is always some pain. Sounds like it sucks right? Well it has and it does but in true retrospect it has helped me greatly. Everytime I sit down to meditate, every single time, I am reminded of pain and of suffering. Every single time I sit to meditate, I calm my mind through this inevitable pain. It has been and will continue to be a great teacher for me. I see emotional pain now as I see my physical pain and it makes it that much easier to calm my mind. Just thought id share this part of my life and see of any redditors out there have similar experiences? I could see someone with a disability being able to relate here

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Meditation to me feels like I am pretending to be aware, calm,peaceful or compassionate.

April 14, 2014 - 10:29pm

There i said it. That's how it has felt all these 6 months of earnest simple practice. I am thinking of giving up. I just burst a blood vessel and I have never been so tense, miserable and negative in all of my years of living. I feel like everyday is a day i waste instead of attending to my affairs such as learning skills like programming to get employment and a sense of independence and reliability or to survive college because i wasnt doing well before and i am not doing better even with meditation being done daily every morning. The one thing i do is anapanasati because all the others are impossible for me like becoming aware of your entire body or metta meditation(fake compassion for oneself or others is a huge turn off for me). I would be lying if I said that anapanasati didnt relax me a little but it is not long lasting. Whatever stillness,concentration,awareness or mindfulness that could come from anapanassti is not noticeable or big enough to make an impact in my derelict life right now. Am i expecting too much, being unrealistic or just impatient?

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Run-in with my boss showed that my training is working

April 14, 2014 - 8:18pm

Short story made even shorter, my boss yelled at me and threatened to fire me for a mistake I made tonight. There was a time when I would have let that get to me, but my mindfulness training has kicked in. Rather than focus on the error or what she might do to me, I was able to acknowledge what I did, fix it, and move on with life.

Over the past week or so, other managers have showered nothing but compliments on me, one of them called me the best employee he has. But I reminded myself not to let praise go to my head and retain equanamity. And it's good I did, or else today would've been a sudden drop.

I wanted to say thanks to anyone who has encouraged me on the path thus far, which has been heavily influenced by this sub. So, thank you all. I hope you are finding as much, if not more, success.

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Buddhism and perception

April 14, 2014 - 7:11pm

I'm writing a paper comparing a Buddhist's and Nyaya's account of perception (as well as signal detection theory) and I'm a bit confused.

I know Buddhists believe the content of perceptual experience is completely devoid of concepts. How do the concepts we use come about then? Concepts imply something is stable and unchanging, and that's a big no-no in Buddhism, does it have to do with that?

How do we arrive at misconceptions? For instance, the classic Indian example is we perceive a rope as a snake. Thanks everyone.

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I have very difficult questions about Buddhism that I need help understanding [w/ academic citations]

April 14, 2014 - 1:13pm

I stumbled upon a Master Hien Van Nguyen who wrote a book about traditional Oriental sorcery called Journey Of A Healer: Mediums And Sorcerers Of South Viet Nam. It reads like a school of Buddhism started by Shang Tsung from the Mortal Kombat video games series.. here's a trailer for the film.. because it's entirely about astral combat and cultivation of life-energy (ch'i or whathaveyou) not by waiting around for karma to come give it to you, but by taking it by force yourself, even from other weaker sorcerers… this power accumulation is needed to build up resiliency in order to face and reconcile with the spirit world - so you see, it's all for a good cause after all . He advises in his book that there is no power centre better to anchor yourself in for these spiritual attainments than a Buddhist temple . Author Justin Thomas McDaniel, a University educated man, struggles to find the Buddhist beliefs in a folk culture like Thailand. Buddhist temples used purely as power centres, not as a sincerely followed national religion. Hien also wrote another book called A Price For A Life, which I have also read . I managed to loan out a copy of Journey Of A Healer written by this master sorcerer from Saint Mary's University in Halifax and had it sent to me through Concordia University's inter-library loans service where I live here in Montreal. For a more impartial scholarly study of the kind of thing this guy's book is about, you could read The Lovelorn Ghost And The Magical Monk by Justin Thomas McDaniel , or Sinister Yogis by David Gordon White .

here's a clip from a S.Korean television drama called The Master's Sun of a traditional sorceress holding a seance

here's a clip of a S.Korean film about the kind of yoga in David Gordon White's book, that is understood as being like Korean traditional shamanism or sorcery

here's a clip from a new S.Korean drama in which wealthy elite chaebols sacrifice the energy of their souls to placate a hungry ghost

trailer for a Thai film called Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the Palm d'Or at Cannes which is kind of a big deal, about predatory spiritual beings of the Wilderness that hold the keys as far as the power of choosing one's own reincarnation . See also, McDaniel's book cited above, as well as Dreamtime: Concerning The Boundary Between Wilderness And Civilization by Hans Peter Duerr largely about European witch cults to Diana and lyncanthropy .

another popular and famous Thai movie, Nang Nak . this film was cited in Justin Thomas McDaniel's book. It's the best Thai film about this folk story with least embellishment . this is a newer film setting the mae nak story into a post-apocalypse pop culture milieu . Imagine something like the mass worship in Japan of a character like Sadako from The Ring series or Sante Meurte's cult in Mexico for parallels . This is why I recommend reading James De Mille's book because it's seriously sincerely depicting a religious culture some kind of upside down death religion that actually exists and has unique merits

If I was interested in this kind of religious practice, what Buddhist temple (ha!) would I want to be a part of ? Recommend me the most powerful one with which I could channel the best souls, after all

How do most Buddhists feel about this kind of thing? Certainly, Thailand is not an unimportant locus classicus of Buddhism

Why are these people Buddhist when , as scholar McDaniel notices.. these beliefs and practices could hardly be considered Buddhist . Nobody is in a rush to reach nirvana. Everyone is out for power, wealth, ego gratification, and sensual pleasures.

If this resentment to Buddhism is so strong, why do they choose to be Buddhist instead of something else, like Daoism ? It reminds me more of something out of Shinto like in this film called Onmyoji

Maybe so many young people like myself are jaded about religion because we sympathize with the plight and desires of common people, instead of the jaded complacency of robed monks shaving their heads.. I have a severe difficulty with understanding Buddhist practice in light of what I understand religious seekers wanting : power . It's easy for a young person to become jaded with a powerless religion. Consider the popularity of yoga, nobody is out there for weakness.


Some more citations of authors pondering religious issues along these lines.. to do with spiritual power and dread,

consider this like my hermeneutics a small history of ideas for people to understand where I am coming from. some of it is secondary sources some of them like James De Mille are primary sources

The Idea Of The Holy by Rudolf Otto

The Gift by Marcel Mauss

Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium I

Coleridge And The Daemonic Imagination by Gregory Leadbetter

A Strange Manuscript Found In A Copper Cylinder by James De Mille

The Wendigo, Episodes Before Thirty by Algernon Blackwood

I'll quote Blackwood, a famous English author heralded as the master of the ghost story, from Episodes Before Thirty, pg. 34-35

“The danger was imminent; the human race, while shuddering, must be on its guard. In the night, in the twinkling of an eye, the catastrophe might come. Signs the Nephilim brought with them were spiritualism, theosophy, the development of secret powers latent in man, a new and awful type of consciousness, magic, and all the rest of the "occult" movement that was beginning to show its hydra head about this time... Spiritualism, apart from the exciting phenomena it promised with such confident volubility, left me rather unstirred, but theosophy, of course, I swallowed whole, with its Mahatmas, development of latent powers, memory of past lives, astral consciousness, and description of other beings both superior and inferior to man... I have always taken ideas where I found them, regardless of their propounders; if Tibet and its shining Mahatmas faded, the theories of Karma and reincarnation were older than any modern movement, and the belief in extension of consciousness to some nth degree, with its correlative of greater powers and new faculties, have not only remained with me, but have justified themselves.”


I'm basically looking for a Buddhist temple, or maybe some other religion or group .. I don't know.. that is out for power . It's such a stupid question but after what I've witnessed in my life in popular media has gotten so clear to me that it is what I want . I've had mystical experiences already but they were never part of an organized religious group with buildings concerned both with astral resiliency and expansion of consciousness but as well as concerned with the betterment of and wellbeing of society . but those responsible must be strong. strong and multi-cultural is what I am after..

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Nurturing true love and respect free from attachment.

April 14, 2014 - 12:37pm

I'm devoting this year to study of the Pratimoksha Vow, particularly as it is laid out by Pema Chödrön (which she states to be loosely based on a version by Thich Nhat Hanh). There is a section of the third precept, On Not Harming Others With Our Sexual Energy, that constantly has me stumped. Here's the whole thing:

"Aware of the suffering cause by unmindful and aggressive sexual energy, I vow to be faithful to my current partner and not harm others with my sexual energy. I will do my best to be aware of what harms myself and others and TO NURTURE TRUE LOVE AND RESPECT, FREE FROM ATTACHMENT. I aspire to serve all beings."

I'm curious how you interpret the portion on nurturing true love and respect, free from attachment. What is true love in this regard, and how do we do it free from attachment? What do you think? Your contribution is appreciated.

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Who gets all the negative karma when for example a bird or thousands of insects are sucked into a plane engine?

April 14, 2014 - 12:13pm

Sorry if this is dumb, I am just curious as to how karma works for stuff like this...

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Going through a particularly stressful period in life. Someone to talk with?

April 14, 2014 - 11:35am

Job interview coming up, communications with an ex that aren't really helping. Having difficulty sitting

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Buddhism and Demonic Possession/Exorcism

April 14, 2014 - 10:40am

So I've been studying Buddhism for a little while taking classes here and there as electives in college. Something clicked my interest while browsing some of the subreddits /r/nosleep and reading about ghost stories and possessions. Note: I don't really believe in all of that, but I find it an interesting read to pass time.

I tried googling and checking a few things about how Buddhists view possession (spiritual/demonic/evil) and to my surprise I really didn't find all that much. I'm assuming it's more along the lines of it being a mental/self thing but I was curious as if anyone here could explain this phenomenon and how a Buddhist views it and deals with a situation like possession.

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How to deal with people with lower-than-average empathy?

April 14, 2014 - 10:00am

I have only one good friend that has a good amount of empathy, and we connect really well, talk every day, even. But two of my other long-time friends are noticeably lacking. I want to cut them off because of how much pain it brings me to interact with them, but that doesn't seem right.

The same is true for my attempted relationships. Manipulation, being taken advantage of, general meanness. I find it to be a recurring theme and I just want to be around loving people.

My good friend (with the empathy) is moving to another state and I will be alone.

I am just lost and need some advice because I don't know what to do. I want human interaction but I want to be treated like a human being when I do interact.

I know the following may sound like noise but I feel like it is extremely relevant in my case. I am a young black male and I live in the South (United States). The whole disregard of my humanness is a big problem for me. I'm sure it happens to other people but I feel like I can't catch a break and I don't know where to go. I've been researching body language and facial expressions for a while now and I wish I hadn't started.

I can see their feelings clearly in their face, and it hurts to know what they think of me. I've worked my ass off and have become pretty accomplished for my age, though that all means nothing in their eyes.

It shouldn't get to me but it does. No one should have to go through this.

Sorry for the complaining, it's immature but it gets my message out. I am wondering if there is a place so diverse in culture and so open that everyone sees each other as a human being (including black people). And if there is not, how to deal with people who doubt your humanity (and how to deal with your own emotions when that happens).

Please help, thank you

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D.T Suzuki claims that “Zen deals with our everyday experience,” so in what ways is he right and what ways is he wrong, especially given the fact of Hui-Neng’s doctrine of sudden, abrupt enlightenment?

April 14, 2014 - 9:55am

I am taking an introductory to Buddhism course and my teacher who I really have a hard time understanding has asked us to answer this question. I am perplexed and do not see the correlation between Suzuki's idea on the everyday aspect of Zen and Huineng's doctrine of sudden enlightenment. Does anyone have any ideas?

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How can I become more involved and bring Buddhism into my every day life?

April 14, 2014 - 3:56am

I know the basics of Buddhism, but I would like to become more involved and immerse myself in it. I have looked online and there aren't any Buddhist groups near me. I would like to learn more, but feel like I need some sort of guidance. What are some ways I can bring it into my every day life?

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