What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

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What does a Buddhist do on a saturday eveenuing?

Study the dhamma
13
20%
Practice
6
9%
Meditate
13
20%
watch TV and fall asleep
9
14%
party
1
2%
cook&eat
8
12%
go out in town
1
2%
work
6
9%
hobby
6
9%
get enlightened over and over again
2
3%
 
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What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Annapurna » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:55 pm

You have 10 options, you can cast 4 votes, and you can revote, and the poll will run 'endlessly'.

If your favorite in/activity wasn't mentioned, please simply choose what comes closest, like "hobby" and explain. Thank you.

Have fun!

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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Fede » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:33 pm

(How - and why - would my Saturday evening differ from any other evening....?)
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Sekha » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:44 pm

I'm usually working on translating suttas from access to insight for a french website : http://www.tipitaka.fr

sometimes, I meditate as well


and oops I almost forgot: I'm still not a :quote: buddhist :quote:
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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:45 pm

Fede wrote:(How - and why - would my Saturday evening differ from any other evening....?)

Hi, Fede,
I don't know about 'how' - that's your choice :smile: - but the 'why', for 80% of adults and 95% of teenagers, is that Saturday evening is one of only two that are not followed by by work or school. :toast:
But it doesn't affect me much either. I gave up weekly overindulgence years ago.

I have a different problem with the quiz, Annapurna: without a 'sit and read' option, my response would be grossly inaccurate.
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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Annapurna » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:01 pm

Oh, just choose the closest, Kim... :smile: (At first I wrote "closet".... :rofl: I love those typos!)

I can only offer 10 options, I learned.

Perhaps choose "hobby" ? :coffee:
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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby RayfieldNeel » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:15 pm

Your options missed a big one for me..."spend time with family".
As fede said, it's pretty much like other nights, except that we don't have the normal weekday prep for the next work/school day.
We'll prepare and eat dinner, spend some time doing stuff with the kids; we (wife and I) may let them do something on their own while we watch a TV show or something, put kids to bed, I'll usually sit for 20-30 minutes, maybe post up on a forum or research something, maybe work on stuff for a startup business, then settle in for the night.


Yeah, we're boring people.
Fortunately we do make plans to do other things here and there...family camping, I backpack with friends, travel, etc.

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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby appicchato » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:22 pm

#10 is an oxymoron...it (enlightenment) happens only once...so we're told...

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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Annapurna » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:22 pm

Rayfield, this board offers 10 options maximum....perhaps simply choose 'hobby'? Your family is your hobby, right? Sort of. :group:
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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Annapurna » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:30 pm

appicchato wrote:#10 is an oxymoron...it (enlightenment) happens only once...so we're told...


I was feeling humorous when I wrote that, dear Venerable... :D
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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby bodom » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:41 pm

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Fede wrote:(How - and why - would my Saturday evening differ from any other evening....?)

Hi, Fede,
I don't know about 'how' - that's your choice :smile: - but the 'why', for 80% of adults and 95% of teenagers, is that Saturday evening is one of only two that are not followed by by work or school. :toast:
Exactly! Its the weekend baby! Time to party! :toast: Well maybe not so much anymore nowadays, the fifth precept an all. But I do very much still enjoy my weekends.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Fede » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:13 am

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Fede wrote:(How - and why - would my Saturday evening differ from any other evening....?)

Hi, Fede,
I don't know about 'how' - that's your choice :smile: - but the 'why', for 80% of adults and 95% of teenagers, is that Saturday evening is one of only two that are not followed by by work or school.


Ah. I'm in the 20% of adults then.... I work 7 days a week.....

my ostensible two days off (Wednesday and Thursday) I work in a restaurant in the evenings....
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:25 am

Greetings,

RayfieldNeel wrote:Your options missed a big one for me..."spend time with family".
As fede said, it's pretty much like other nights, except that we don't have the normal weekday prep for the next work/school day.

Yep, same here.

Thus, it may involve Mario Kart on the Wii. :tongue:

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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby RayfieldNeel » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:30 am

I did choose that, and no criticism to you was intended. :)

Annapurna wrote:Rayfield, this board offers 10 options maximum....perhaps simply choose 'hobby'? Your family is your hobby, right? Sort of. :group:
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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Ben » Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:13 am

Hi Anna
Another notable exception was "spending time reading and contributing to Dhamma Wheel"

My usual saturday night involves:
- cook for family
- eat with family
- relaxing in front of the tv with family
- meditation
- spending some time on DW with my far-flung dhamma friends
- sleep

kind regards

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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby appicchato » Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:02 am

It's Saturday?... :smile:

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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby bodom » Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:06 am

appicchato wrote:It's Saturday?... :smile:


That was my first thought also lol. I forgot what day it was for a minute there.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Annapurna » Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:52 am

Fede wrote:
Kim O'Hara wrote:
Fede wrote:(How - and why - would my Saturday evening differ from any other evening....?)

Hi, Fede,
I don't know about 'how' - that's your choice :smile: - but the 'why', for 80% of adults and 95% of teenagers, is that Saturday evening is one of only two that are not followed by by work or school.


Ah. I'm in the 20% of adults then.... I work 7 days a week.....

my ostensible two days off (Wednesday and Thursday) I work in a restaurant in the evenings....


Then you're well on your way to a burn-out, dear Fede.

Please watch out, everything has it's price. :hug:
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Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Postby Annapurna » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:00 am

appicchato wrote:It's Saturday?... :smile:


Are all days the same? :smile:

For me Saturday/Sunday really means to rest from work for a little while... :zzz:
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