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Trying to find community in Istanbul!

I've never written a blog before, but I thought it might be nice to start one about my recent interest in all things Buddhism. 

I live in Istanbul and I've been searching for a group to meditate with.  I have a few different leads, but so far I haven't been able to find what I am looking for. 

I'll update in a week.  If you're reading this and you also live in Istanbul, please don't hesitate to contact me!

 

Delfa

Submitted by Delfa on October 28, 2009 - 1:16pm

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BuddhaBadges

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 I'm excited about launching my new project BuddhaBadges

BuddhaBadges is a little non-profit project aimed at selling 1"inch punk badges to help raise donation money for some good causes. Chock full of Buddhist imagery and meaning, the purchasing of these little guys not only help you practice the Paramita of Generosity and the Brahma Vihara of Compassion, but they also make you look cool.

Submitted by Anoki on October 22, 2009 - 10:59am

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Howdy!

At the ripe old oage of 32, tipping the scales at 120# and towering at a mighty 5 feet 5 inches, I be a tattooed diminutive Buddhist behemoth of creativity, hanging out, accruing my millions, and loving my man and my dog. I demolish bad moods and fight the good fight to have a good time. 

But then again, I am truly nothing at all.

Go figure.

Submitted by Anoki on October 21, 2009 - 2:25pm

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Meditation Retreat Trailer on TinyHouse Blog

Mini meditation trailer

Check out this home-made "gypsy caravan" meditation trailer.  The dude can take his meditation on the road wherever he goes!  Pretty cute.

http://tinyhouseblog.com/stick-built/meditation-retreat-gypsy-wagon/

Submitted by Road_to_Sila on October 11, 2009 - 10:08pm

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Deliberation

I haven't been bloging for a while. Hello again everyone.

During a conversation the other day, the Enlightenment philosopher Hobbes, of all people, came up. (yeah! I know!) And here's what I have been thinking about Hobbes.

Lots of people don't know that he started his political theory with a thorough investigation into what he thought a human being is, particularly our mind and its relationship to physical experience. In analyzing the thinking process, he concluded 1) that our thinking was always in search of the actions that will bring the greatest happiness, comfort, and security ("felicity"), 2) that when we are unable to disern through reason which course of action will bring the best result (when each seems to promise equal felicity), our minds will jump back and forth from one possible action to the other. This process he defined as "deliberation" and, 3) that"deliberation will [always?] continue until a thing is either done or found to be impossible". Whatever one thinks of his opinions of the human condition, this statement keeps coming back to me years after plowing through Leviathan.

Submitted by zotar on September 25, 2009 - 2:22pm

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Venerable Thanissaro's Selves and Non Self retreat recordings

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The recordings from last weekend's retreat are now ready. Use this page to see them all. These are only the teachings as I removed the meditation that each began with because there was too much background noise, doors slamming, etc. If you want to begin with a guided meditation I suggest this one. The handout materials that accompanied the retreat are available here (and below). For further talks from him on this subject check out this.

If you would like the full recordings including the meditations please contact me within the next week. Site editors (you know who you are): please feel free to edit these nodes with additional keyword tags, descriptions of what happened during that part of the retreat, etc. All of this just helps those who stumble upon this site in the future.

Enjoy!

Submitted by humble on September 18, 2009 - 11:12am

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