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Totally clueless: What is the Antarabhava?

March 26, 2015 - 10:32am

I have no idea—something something after death. Can somebody please explain the concept of this to me?

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A Shift Into Enlightenment

March 26, 2015 - 10:24am

Great Lecture by Rupert Gethin - "Concentration and Mindfulness in Buddhist Psychology"

March 26, 2015 - 10:03am

Not sure if you guys have watched this one yet, but I found it really interesting


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Popular monks and teachers in the East?

March 26, 2015 - 8:48am

I'm troubled by my continued reliance upon teachers who are popular in the West and may reflect a particular form of secularized, culturally appropriated Buddhism. It leads me to wonder, what are some of the teachers who are popular amongst lay practicioners in Eastern countries?

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Feeling alienated for feeling compassion

March 26, 2015 - 8:04am

I am reading these news reports about the plane crash in France. Assuming what the media is reporting is true, I feel sad for everyone involved, but especially for the co-pilot who must have endured so much suffering in order to do something like that. I feel similarly with any acts of terrorism, violence, etc. When I read the comments or hear people around me talking about these things, they demonize and dehumanize these people. I understand why someone might think or say things like that, but the lack of compassion around me has me feeling alienated. Perhaps I am only looking for validation that my compassion is not misplaced.

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March 26, 2015 - 6:33am

I'm heaving troubles understanding how does buddhism view sexual aspect of life. I myself feel very active in that way, desire comes every few days. What should I do about it? If I resist it, it gets stronger, right? But going with it is also not mindfullness - after every sexual activity my concentration gets foggy, I become lazy, and it's generally unwholesome. What should I do about it? Leave it be or resist it?

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I'm in the process of building my bridge, AMA

March 26, 2015 - 5:56am

Yeah, just want to see what you guys have to say.

EDIT: Or 'the' bridge. I don't fucking know lol

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"Not mine, Not I, not myself"

March 26, 2015 - 2:24am


I found an explication for ""Not mine, Not I, not myself": that sounds like this, ok not 100% but what I understand from it is: "physical body is impermanent results feelings are impermanent,perception is impermanent, mental formations are impermanent,consciousness is impermanent" so conditions that define I are impermanent so I does not have solid foundation to exist, it depends on change or is change.

I could not experiment but I think that could be true: third eye, existence in a different dimension, that reality is just simulation, collective consciousness,ones.

So the question would be escaping Samsara mean continue an existence in a different dimension or just escaping this reality that my be not real( if is truly just a simulation) and extinction If the defining conditions for I does not exists anymore.

Or may exists both extinction/existence in different dimension and we can can choose and strive for one of them ?

Or extinction automatic mean existence in different dimension and the highest dimension is the ones?

Without childrens there is no room for rebirth but childrens are born from causes that define ignorance. It would be wise that I don't make children, but I friend of my said I should do things in life that can be done, he can not make childrens. What should I do?

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Tips or teachings how to deal with Feeling of helplessness

March 26, 2015 - 1:40am

Hi friends, i was after some counsel from teachings or mantra in order to calm my mind about what feels like the endless stream of tragic news at the moment. my heart goes out to all ofthese innocents lost in war or violence. If anyone has any specific readings or meditation techiques to reduce my feeling of helplessness that i cannot protect these people i owld appreciate it. Many thanks

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America not converting to Buddhism, just acting more like the Buddha

March 26, 2015 - 12:09am

One of my favorite comedians and Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield discuss this topic here. Does r/Buddhism agree that the trend being set is more Buddha-like, but not necessarily practicing/dogmatic Buddhist? Does it matter?

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Question on consciousness

March 25, 2015 - 11:03pm

Om Mani Padme Hum! Peace to all sentient beings. I just signed up for reddit but have been following r/Buddhism for quite some time; the sangha here is very gentle. I've also been a practitioner of Buddhism for a couple years now and have done my share of meditations/readings

But my question today is on Vijnana or consciousness/mind and life force. I understand it has traditionally been divided into eight distinct sections, the last being storehouse for karmic seeds. There is, of course, ear, tongue, nose, eye, and touch consciousness, and the sixth mind consciousness.

However, if the first five arise from the body, does mind consciousness also arise from the body? I understand that consciousness is seen to be fairly distinct from the mind and as also arising from the mind...but what about the consciousness of mental objects? The sixth one? Is this carried with the mind or built up from the body? Does it die when the body is dissolved? I may have not read to where Buddhist texts talk of this in the Abhidharma or Three Baskets, etc.

Thank you! Peace be with you.

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The Buddhist Path in a New World

March 25, 2015 - 10:32pm

Manifestation of mindfulness?

March 25, 2015 - 9:54pm

I had an experience the other evening that I'm not sure is significant, but thought I'd relate here anyway.

I needed to run to the store to grab a couple things and lately I've been trying to walk at night. I figured that this would be a good opportunity to get some exercise and listen to a dharma talk. So I picked one that was labeled as being good for beginners and away I went.

I came to section of road that I had forgotten was under construction. My choices were simple. I could double back, take a side road and go the long way around, go all the way back home and get my car or take my chances and press on.

I figured their must be dirt access areas set aside for the workers to get in and out so if I paid attention I should be alright.

After about 10 minutes of walking though, I realized just how dark it was. This section of road goes through a residential area, but only the backyard yards face the street and none of the street lights were on.

I turned off the dharma talk, because I had to literally focus on putting one foot in front the other and concentrate on where I was going. I could see the lights of the shopping center off in the distance, but if I looked at them for too long it would mess with my vision, so again my attention was forced back to the ground, back to putting one foot in front of the other. Slowly, but surely I got through, walking along the little dirt access roads and made it to the store.

I chose to take another route home of course, because I didn't want to go down that road again. It took quite a bit longer to get back, but it was fine and I was able to finish listening to the dharma talk. It actually turned out to be a nice walk.

Anyway I'm not sure if it means anything, but I thought that it was an interesting experience so I thought I'd share.

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Starting to get interested: how can buddhism fit into my life?

March 25, 2015 - 9:16pm

I am 24 and in medical school. Seeing a lot of the suffering and dying of patients as well as dealing with the every day stress of learning is taxing. My parents were casual buddhists but I never really subscribed. I am now starting to meditate a little, but my question is how can I use buddhism to understand unnecessary suffering and to understand the rule that we won't suffer if we don't crave? how does that fit for someone suffering from cancer?

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Best Mala under $15.00?

March 25, 2015 - 9:13pm

Hello everyone. I am interested in purchasing a Mala, but am on a tight budget. I do not need anything fancy, but I don't want to end up with something i'll be too unhappy with either. Can anyone recommend a good, cheap, utilitarian mala that I can buy online?

I'm more concerned with practical function than anything. IE, I understand that some malas are made with knots between the beads to keep them from being too tight.

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Is it really as simple as breathing?

March 25, 2015 - 7:43pm

Hi, everyone.

I've meditated once now and my goal is to practice once a day in the morning or night, if not twice. I have searched a lot about what I should think about while practicing.. "just breath," says every post or page. Is it really that simple? I have an extremely distractible mind so I have a difficult time with "letting thoughts come and go." Is it going to get easier to control those urges as I continue?

My point is I'm having trouble understanding the simplicity of meditation practice and what I should do to help myself experience my practices fully without too many distractions..

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Viewing Buddhism as a Scientific Method

March 25, 2015 - 7:43pm

One view that I have found helpful with the practice is to see the Dhamma as being like a scientific theory. The Buddha had a hypothesis, he experimented, he arrived to a conclusion congruent with the hypothesis, and he shared the results with others.

I've found this to be helpful for me in setting aside things that are not conducive to the practice. If skepticism arises, I tell myself "I am testing the Buddha's hypothesis, that the cessation of suffering is possible through anapanasati and similar meditations, proper discernment, and ethical conduct all working together. Along with most assessments and concepts stated in the Sutta Pitaka."

The one drawback to such an approach is that this can lead to Nikaya purity and sectarian views against Mahayana, Tibetan, and Zen Buddhism. Zen's emphasis on non-duality is helpful. The Mahayana view on sunyata is helpful. The Tibetan view on attaining enlightenment in this lifetime is helpful.

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Repentance in Buddhism

March 25, 2015 - 6:16pm

What significance does it hold? How do you do it? Why do you do it?

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