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by lobster
Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Does Buddhism have a well-trained background in Psychology or Psychiatry? ...
Replies: 20
Views: 6077

Re: Does Buddhism have a well-trained background in Psychology or Psychiatry? ...

It would be more like the other way around. The modern disciplines of psychology and psychiatry came much later than Buddhism, therefore one can only ask if psychology and psychiatry have been influenced by Buddhism. Certainly some psychologists and psychiatrists draw on Buddhist principles in help...
by lobster
Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Repentance, Remorse & Forgiveness
Replies: 7
Views: 3362

Re: Repentance, Remorse & Forgiveness

TexasBuddhist wrote:Trying my best
:hug:

Good plan.

We get an oops
:oops:

We know the Middle Way. :reading:

:console: We get back on track ... :heart:
by lobster
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: Society Benefits from Traditional Practices
Replies: 10
Views: 8208

Re: Society Benefits from Traditional Practices

:goodpost:

Good original post. :group:

The effects of personal transformation 'seep' out into the wider community :hello: Seems like everybody wins ... :clapping:
by lobster
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Animism
Topic: Spider face initiation.
Replies: 1
Views: 4797

Re: Spider face initiation.

With great power, comes great responsibility ... :bow:
by lobster
Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Philokalia
Replies: 3
Views: 5535

Re: Philokalia

I consider it an outstanding example from an alternative (to Buddhism) contemplative tradition. :clapping: Those having an interest in comparative traditions or a Christian inclination will find it of great value along with 'the cloud of unknowing' and other classics of the Christian Gnostic Way. :c...
by lobster
Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Walking Meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 7522

Re: Walking Meditation

I would just like to point out Tai Chi, as you call it, has no walking meditation. Thanks :anjali: Practically every style I attended practiced tai chi for health and moving meditation (initially) which included walking slowly, perhaps up and down or in a circle. This was usually in the chi kung 'w...
by lobster
Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Walking Meditation
Replies: 9
Views: 7522

Re: Walking Meditation

As far as I know, walking meditation is going for a walk in the woods to tune in with nature and your surroundings. Hello :hello: That can be a little New Agey or just being mindful. :heart: Walking meditation in Buddhism and Tai Chi tends to be a very slow form of very deliberate aware walking ......
by lobster
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: True Self?
Replies: 64
Views: 14686

Re: True Self?

So if you are not dead, what are you? Are you even aware? :goodpost: Good question. In dharma, through practice primarily of meditation, we become aware that self is dependent on the factors of its focus. So for example if focussing primarily on pain in the body, that is a big source of the self ex...
by lobster
Sun Jul 03, 2016 2:09 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: True Self?
Replies: 64
Views: 14686

Re: True Self?

Is there are True Self? One that has always been and always will be? Good question :heart: Well there is a True Self/Being because there is a false or ignorant self. :rules: The lesser self and True Self are in essence empty. They appear to be real but arise and for the True Self are non-arising. S...
by lobster
Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:15 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi
Replies: 8
Views: 3221

Re: Hi

Ello :hug:

I wish I was on the path :jawdrop:

... :jedi: maybe being a wannabe jedi is a start ... :shrug:
by lobster
Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:09 am
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: The Path of Blame
Replies: 4
Views: 5675

Re: The Path of Blame

Lobster, To me, it just serves as a reminder not to make a show of one's practice. Their methods of actually incurring blame rather than simply accepting the blame are a little extreme for me. Indeed. Incurring blame. In other words drawing out peoples qualities at the expense of personal repute is...
by lobster
Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: The Path of Blame
Replies: 4
Views: 5675

Re: The Path of Blame

Very cool. Thanks for sharing. :heart: Puts the usual public Boddhisattva performers to shame but they only have themselves to blame. Should have taught and exemplified a higher ideal. :console: The dervish group you mention I am familiar with. They like a good sing song. :twothumbsup: How would you...
by lobster
Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:29 am
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: Chanting, Prayers & Dedication of Merits for Others
Replies: 3
Views: 5482

Re: Chanting, Prayers & Dedication of Merits for Others

I would like to request merit, prayers, blessing, chanting, metta, sadhana etc - anything going - for myself. :bow:

Much appreciated, don't skimp. :thanks:
by lobster
Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: A critique of corporate mindfulness
Replies: 6
Views: 7048

Re: A critique of corporate mindfulness

If it helps people, I don't see a problem with it, although I understand that they feel the religious aspect is being "corrupted." And then there is always the possibility that those who engage in the more secularized practices might adopt other elements of the religion at some future time. :clappi...
by lobster
Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:12 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: why you proselytize (explained)
Replies: 5
Views: 6376

Re: why you proselytize (explained)

The original posters claims are reasonable enough. :group: However the enlightened perspective is not driven by monkey minded behaviour. It has in essence awakened to motivation and is now free of such drives. As the original poster is not free or awake, they must defend their position :oops: to the...
by lobster
Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:12 am
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Delete " Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism "...
Replies: 12
Views: 8995

Re: Delete " Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism "...

:oops: As we all know narrow thinking is not the same as focussed attention. Some of us find value, knowledge and compassion in a variety of guises. For those frustrated by any non-dharma contact :tech: I suggest reading attempts at dharma policing as ignorance and dukkha. I will pray for all concer...
by lobster
Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: HHDL: "The Real meaning of Jihad"
Replies: 8
Views: 7369

Re: HHDL: "The Real meaning of Jihad"

I think it would be quite a stretch to say the "real" meaning of Jihad is solely this inner struggle. Obviously from the very beginning the outer part was important in Islam. Unless, I guess, you want to argue that Muhammad and his companions didn't really understand Islam but a Tibetan lama does. ...
by lobster
Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: Sufism
Replies: 23
Views: 12317

Re: Sufism

lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muḥammadur-rasūlu-llāh As a very bad Dervish, who considers the Quran undivine twaddle BUT the mystical interpretation of my Quran by Al-Ghazali as superlative, I am more deviant than the Spaniard Ibn-Arabi. :crazy: In fact as I practice Buddhist prostrations rather than Allah ...
by lobster
Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Nirvana Sutra
Replies: 14
Views: 4142

Re: Nirvana Sutra

Given that one of the characteristics of the Dharma is non-violence, I wonder what to make of these statements. Perhaps after cherry picking elsewhere a pie is in order? :console: In other words we can find in our mind, others minds, doctrine and sutras, support for any known human behaviour. Wheth...
by lobster
Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Which diet do you follow?
Replies: 9
Views: 7491

Re: Which diet do you follow?

Oh there is a Buddha menu? :jawdrop:

:popcorn:

Look forward to a diet of dharma ingestion, not nutrition polls ... :hug: