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I Am Interested In Buddhism

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    Here And Now ! - there are only two days in the year that nothing can be doneone called yesterday and the other is called tomorrowtoday is the right day to love  believe  make...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 25, 2011

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    Om Mani Padme Hum - Beautiful, soothing to the soul, and it touches me deeply. Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently...
    Carissimi Carissimi 56-60, F 6 Responses Jun 17, 2012

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    Like Lime On Trees - “When we start expecting things to stay the same we fill our wagons with suffering.”Once we feel secure in our general understanding, to challenge that...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M Apr 1, 2013

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    Sangha Invitation - In my pursuit of further understanding and reduction of suffering I have studied and practiced mindfulness as much as possible on my own over the past year. The...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M Apr 20, 2013

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    Monday Morning Quarterbacks.... - Mindfulness.....what a great word!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ {from Wiki} Mindfulness (Pali: sati, Sanskrit: smṛti / स्मृति) in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 29, 2011

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    I was very much into Buddhism when I was younger but stopped studying it about 4 years ago when I decided to rid my life of all religion or religious-type things. Well I've grown...
    skyblue12 skyblue12 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2013

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    Mindfulness - Wanted to share a twitter post from Everyday Mindfulness (@mindfuleveryday): "When your thoughts are causing you unhappiness or anxiety, you have probably gone to...
    outofthebleu outofthebleu 31-35, F Feb 6, 2013

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    Something Buddha Said The Other Day... - “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true...
    saintj saintj 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 23, 2013

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    It's All In The Mind - When the mind is weak, situation becomes a PROBLEM, When the mind is balanced, situation becomes a CHALLENGE, When the mind is strong, situation becomes...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 19, 2012

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    Buddhism - I have seen a show on TV on Buddhism and it touched me every since then.  I like learning more from it and getting more knowlege on it.  It seems something that I...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 3 Responses May 16, 2011

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    Mindfulness - Life, health and happiness are all about mind. Our thoughts make us happy or miserable. The present moment is beautiful, if only we could stay in here. How is to...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 30, 2011

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    Seen HHT Dalai Lama Next Week And I Am Very Excited!!! - I will be seeing HHT Dalai Lama next week and be with my monk friends. I am so excited. It will be a wonderful time. I will...
    corazon77 corazon77 51-55, F 2 Responses Oct 4, 2013

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    Complex Human - This is so true. How many of us have forgotten that the essence of life is to live in the present and not to worry too much about the past and the future? I mean...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 19, 2013

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    The Answer To Life And Death Is Simple..... - ~~~~ "The answer to life and death is simple. It rests in the palm of my hand. Watch." He threw the dust into the air; it...
    metapherein metapherein 51-55, M 4 Responses Jun 7, 2013

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    Delusions And Ignorance - A Toxic Mixture - #1 "A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 23, 2011

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    Purpose Of Religion - So true.
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F May 29, 2013

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    The Wisdom of Ajahn Chah - Ajahn Chah (1918~1992) was a teacher of the Theravadan Tree Forest tradition. He was considered to be one of the great Buddhist masters of our modern age...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace 46-50, M 13 Responses Jul 23, 2008

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    Love yourself and watch- Today, tomorrow, always. First establish yourself in the way, Then teach, And so defeat sorrow. To straighten the crooked You must first do a harder...
    ThatOneAloofGuy ThatOneAloofGuy 26-30 Jan 25

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    Knowing Ourselves - The purpose of studying Buddhism is not to study Buddhism, but to study ourselves. That is why we have teaching. But the teaching is not ourselves. It is some...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response May 10, 2013

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    It is the only set of beliefs I feel close to
    EnglishEmpress EnglishEmpress 41-45, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Change And Awareness - "The process of change is constant and eternal. This very moment, your body is aging. But you pay no attention to that. The book in your hand is decaying...
    jenga1 jenga1 41-45, F Nov 17, 2013

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    Why Love Hurts - A facilitator once put a large white paper on the floor with handwritten curves lines (see photo). He then asked four people to stand on each side. “What do you...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 23, 2013

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    You Know You’re From The Valleys When...... - You know at least 10 "Dai's" You have to explain what "togs" are and more importantly what "daps" are You've suddenly realised...
    roots2life roots2life 46-50, M 3 Responses Mar 11, 2012

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    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (by Shunryu Suzuki) - People say that practicing Zen is difficult, but there is a misunderstanding as to why. It is not difficult because it is hard to...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace 46-50, M 31 Responses Jul 8, 2008

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    My Journey - i am on a self appointed mission to better understand all religions and faiths and why people choose to believe and worship as they do. so i am looking to talk with...
    FancyThis FancyThis 18-21, F Aug 3, 2013

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    Compassion Feelings - Mental care should not have limitations. If you wish something good for the nearest person, why not there focus on facts to wish good for all people. Wish...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 22, 2011

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    Fatigue - Fatigue dominates the lives of those who are living without direction and dreams. -Robert S. Sharma (author 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari').
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Mar 16, 2013

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    The Buddha Is Cool - One of the many things that impresses me about Buddhism is that I'm not forced just to rely on faith as my method of determining the truth. I can actually...
    holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 5 Responses Dec 9, 2012

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    Tell Me About It... - I realize how little anyone knows about different religions.  maybe if we could all take some time to get to know each other better, we may find we...
    alobar alobar 36-40, M 10 Responses May 29, 2007

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    Our Confused Thoughts Are Actually Helping Us To Wake Up - Before we can extend our compassion to others, we first have to extend it to ourselves. How do we do this? We have to...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 2, 2012

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    Meditation -
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 28, 2013

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    Studying - I have described myself as a Buddhist for over five years now, but I seem agnostic to many. I am a student of the Theravada tradition, but there are aspects, like the...
    aoutdouze aoutdouze 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 29, 2013

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    I Saw A Presentation Tonight, May Attend Services, And My Therapists Are Buddhist... - It was on PBS, cable 11. called "The Buddha", I think. It was beautiful. I am thinking...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 24, 2013

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    The Buddha's Five Remembrances - This was offered by Thich Nhat Hanh in The Plum Village Chanting Book (Parallax Press, 1991): I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to...
    jenbeat jenbeat 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 7, 2008

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    New To Buddhism - Hi all, I came to buddhism quite recently...I had tried other spiritual paths mainly pagan and had been a christian in. Both a small church and a large British...
    taintedbutterfly taintedbutterfly 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 11, 2013

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    Buddhism Changed My Life - About 6yrs ago i became interested in Buddhism and began practicing shortly there after. I was always a compassionate giving person, always willing to...
    BurtonM6 BurtonM6 41-45, M 6 Responses May 7, 2010

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    Things I Learned From A Lawyer Who Sold His Ferrari - I just met Julian Mantle, a successful and smart American lawyer who had nothing in mind but work. One day, he suddenly...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Mar 31, 2013

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    Why Love Hurts (2) - How do we avoid pain? First, we have to understand what true love is. Understanding love is not easy. It takes faith, maturity and acceptance. It took me 34...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 23, 2013

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    I Lived In a Zen Center For a Few Years - There are many forms of Buddhism. They differ considerably. Some are more like a religion. Others are more of a practice. I lived in a Zen...
    internalarts internalarts 36-40 1 Response Aug 7, 2007

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    Heart Sutra - Greeting everyone a post Heart's Day. The link is my gift to everyone: a relaxing mantra of the Heart Sutra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGM4lYJ6E1E
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Feb 17, 2013

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    Learning Wisdom - By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 3, 2012

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    Destiny Among People: Parents - I have heard many stories which make me think that Soul and body are independent from each other. When someone dies, his soul still exists and...
    dotan dotan 22-25, F Sep 10, 2013

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    I want to practice this. Have no story but would like to speak with like minded individuals.
    ifilayhere ifilayhere 31-35, F 7 Responses Feb 28

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    Handling Emotions (Either Sad Or Happy Ones) - Usually people lose themselves in a strong emotion and become overwhelmed. That is not the way to handle emotion, because when that...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 8, 2013

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    Buddhism, For Me, Is... -  ...about trying to remain mindful  ...about living in the present  ...about not judging others  ...about not becoming "...
    drpr drpr 41-45, F Aug 14, 2008

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    Pain In Life - An aging Zen master grew tired of his student complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 5, 2013

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    In the future or possibly even now I want to be a Buddhist. I think my family is Buddhist but it's pretty much unclear. I like the idea of self enlightenment and peace within...
    GalaxyPlanet128 GalaxyPlanet128 16-17, F Jan 14

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    Chapter: The World Is On Fire - THE WORLD IS ON FIRE: AND ARE YOU LAUGHING? YOU ARE DEEP IN THE DARK. WILL YOU NOT ASK FOR LIGHT? FOR BEHOLD YOUR BODY -- A PAINTED PUPPET, A TOY...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 2012

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    Empty Your Cup - A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 2, 2011

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    I admire Buddhism-- but I don't see myself succeeding in meeting their practice.
    FoxxySilverCrow FoxxySilverCrow 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 28

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    So I am really interested in Buddhism and love what I know so far! I really want to know enough to join a group but locally there is only Theravada Buddhists who live together and...
    Dollylaine Dollylaine 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 27, 2013