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I Am Interested In Buddhism

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    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 have some common ground and maybe we can get on with our lives.  I know so little of Buddhism.  If there is a...
    alobar alobar 36-40, M 10 Responses May 29, 2007

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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 bring Mindfulness into our daily lives?Practice step-by-step:1. Choose one meal that you're going to eat mindfully...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 30, 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 since then and am in a very different place in my life, a place where I feel I need Buddhism. I'm very conflicted between my...
    skyblue12 skyblue12 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2013

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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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    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. The print is fading and the pages are becoming brittle. The walls around you are aging. The molecules within the walls are...
    jenga1 jenga1 41-45, F Nov 17, 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 about attending services at this temple near where I live, too. The place where I get reflexology has a statue of him. I love it. I am also going to dust off my Happy buddha statue and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 24, 2013

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    It all started from my own personal struggles

    and being judged. For a long time I looked down to myself, but as I was a little bit older I started to see through it. Everything started by deep reflection. I learned it's fine to have a chronic disease and no one seem to understands it. More about that, I started to see my...
    littlelittlepooky littlelittlepooky 18-21, F 3 days ago

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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. Here are some quotes and teachings attributed to him: "There are people who are born and die and never once are aware...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace 46-50, M 13 Responses Jul 23, 2008

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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 sit in the cross‑legged position, or to attain enlightenment. It is difficult because it is hard to keep our mind pure and our practice pure in its...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace 46-50, M 31 Responses Jul 8, 2008

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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 fainted in the middle of the courtroom. When he woke up, his doctor gave him two options: give up being a lawyer or give up life. That was his wake up call. He...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Mar 31, 2013

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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 thing- Straighten yourself. You are your only master. Who else? Subdue yourself, And discover your master. -The Dhammapada
    ThatOneAloofGuy ThatOneAloofGuy 26-30 Jan 25

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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, it is ok to think about the future and look back to your past. Our future and past guide us. But if we cling on them...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 19, 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 thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 23, 2011

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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 practice meditation and study throughout the week. I don't want it to dictate my life but I would love to know more and play with the...
    Dollylaine Dollylaine 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 27, 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 escape growing old. I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health. I am of the nature to die...
    jenbeat jenbeat 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 7, 2008

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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.” ~ Buddha Human-beings are great creators; we craft from thin air the articles and verbiages of said articles that we need to sustain...
    saintj saintj 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 23, 2013

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    Monday Morning Quarterbacks....

    Mindfulness.....what a great word!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ {from Wiki} Mindfulness (Pali: sati, Sanskrit: smṛti / स्मृति) in Buddhist meditation.; also translated as awareness) is a spiritual faculty (indriya) that is considered to be of great importance in the path...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 29, 2011

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    I Have Tackled The 20 Minutes

    I have been able to sit in breathing meditation for a full 20 minutes. Now, I would like to double that to twice a day. No pressure because there is no right or wrong easy to do this. I have as l also been practicing walking meditation.
    BuddyBo BuddyBo 56-60, F 1 Response Nov 26, 2012

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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 an OPPORTUNITY!    
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 19, 2012

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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, JOINTED AND SICK AND FULL OF FALSE IMAGINATIONS, A SHADOW THAT SHIFTS AND FADES.   HOW FRAIL IT IS! FRAIL AND PESTILENT, IT SICKENS...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 2012

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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 look at our own mind and appreciate how our own neurotic expressions – our confused thoughts and disturbing emotions – are actually helping us wake up. Our...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 2, 2012

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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 remained suspended like a murky cloud for a second before the breeze carried it away. "Consider what you just saw. The dust holds its shape for a...
    metapherein metapherein 51-55, M 4 Responses Jun 7, 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 the future or the past. Just come back.
    outofthebleu outofthebleu 31-35, F Feb 6, 2013

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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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    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 that you are 10p short for the Severn bridge "Fi'n hoffi coffi" does not mean fluency in Welsh You've bumped into someone you know on your holidays...
    roots2life roots2life 46-50, M 3 Responses Mar 11, 2012

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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 unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the master...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 5, 2013

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    EnglishEmpress EnglishEmpress 41-45, F 2 Responses a week ago

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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 good for all leaving. Care is a relation. Do you think that you can have relation only to people you know. The relation...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 22, 2011

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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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    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 wanders to learn until he can be reborn and when people still have remembrance with each other, they will be together again. Many of...
    dotan dotan 22-25, F Sep 10, 2013

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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 would like.
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 3 Responses May 16, 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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    Buddhism, For Me, Is...

     ...about trying to remain mindful  ...about living in the present  ...about not judging others  ...about not becoming "attached"   ...about not hating  ...about enjoying what nature offers  ...about living peacefully and...
    drpr drpr 41-45, F Aug 14, 2008

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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 explanation of ourselves. To study the teaching is to know yourselves. That is why we do not ever attach to the teaching...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response May 10, 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 Center for a few years. I can tell you about that. All belief systems are interpreted through the eyes of the individual practitioner. To me...
    internalarts internalarts 36-40 1 Response Aug 7, 2007

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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 bitterest.
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 3, 2012

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    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 28, 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 see?” the facilitator asked. One participant said he could see an “M”. The second participant said she could...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 23, 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 apparent sexism within I don't really like. I have read a lot of work, words, on the Buddha and what he taught...
    aoutdouze aoutdouze 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 29, 2013

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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(create)principally live !
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 25, 2011

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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 consider things like evidence, use critical thinking.  I also like that there is no concept that anyone who doesn't believe...
    holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 5 Responses Dec 9, 2012

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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 to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing...
    Carissimi Carissimi 56-60, F 6 Responses Jun 17, 2012

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    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F May 29, 2013

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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 happens you are a victim of emotion. In order not to become a victim, breathe and retain your calm, and you will experience the insight that an...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 8, 2013

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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 meet wonderful people as I always do and learn a lot from HHT Dalai Lama teachings. He will be in Atlanta next week. Last time I saw him was in 2010 and it...
    corazon77 corazon77 51-55, F 2 Responses Oct 4, 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 lend someone a helping hand if needed. So as i learned more about the Buddhist practice i realized I somewhat naturally fit in...
    BurtonM6 BurtonM6 41-45, M 6 Responses May 7, 2010

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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 oneself. hopefully I can find peace within myself one day.
    GalaxyPlanet128 GalaxyPlanet128 16-17, F Jan 14

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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 years to finally understand what love is. Because true love is not what most of us think it is. When you fall in love, you...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 23, 2013

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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 cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 2, 2011

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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 someone personally from each Faith and to learn for myself what they are all about. if anyone here could share...
    FancyThis FancyThis 18-21, F Aug 3, 2013

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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 understanding is a step toward the unknown; a step away from our sense of self, our sense of security. Jimmie became aware...
    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 Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness in one's day-to-day life maintaining as much as possible a calm...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M Apr 20, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I find I may be polyamorous "in some ways"--that is if I compare my definition and hopes for it with my currently, possibly flawed perception of the poly lifestyle. I believe that...
    Wonderatrix Wonderatrix 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 29

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    Duh no! I don't even think I'm interested in regular perverts who are Not Me XD Hector: O_O...~_~ With that said I'm going into hiding ^_^ It's not you this times it's me :}D With...
    SquirrellyChanLuvsAcorns83 SquirrellyChanLuvsAcorns83 18-21 1 Response Mar 31

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    My husband and I are considering a poly relationship. He has recently fallen in love with another woman as well as me. We have been together for 9 years and have two kids. The...
    bubbles7412 bubbles7412 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    Not interested? More like doesnt even know i exist. Lol:(
    miracle98 miracle98 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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