Going silent.

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Going silent.

Postby Reductor » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:21 am

I don't talk much in RL, but I talk somewhat more than I should out here on the internet. Particularly here on DW.

In considering that fact, I've decided to go silent for between 90 to 100 days. Its not a long time, to be sure. But it'll be longer than any such hiatus I've taken thus far.

I'm putting it out there among you in the hope that by being public about my intent I'll follow through with it. So if you see me posting before April 25th be sure to chastise me and send me packing. :tongue: Also, don't anyone start a really interesting meditation thread until I've come back. Please! :lol:

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The thoughts I've expressed in the above post are carefully considered and offered in good faith.

And friendliness towards the world is happiness for him who is forbearing with living beings. -- Ud. 2:1
To his own ruin the fool gains knowledge, for it cleaves his head and destroys his innate goodness. -- Dhp 72

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Re: Going silent.

Postby tiltbillings » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:42 am

Good luck and give us frequent detailed updates.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: Going silent.

Postby cooran » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:51 am

tiltbillings wrote:Good luck and give us frequent detailed updates.



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Re: Going silent.

Postby Ben » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:51 am

thereductor wrote:Also, don't anyone start a really interesting meditation thread until I've come back. Please! :lol:

I am so very tempted! Look after yourself and your family, friend!

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Re: Going silent.

Postby plwk » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:20 am

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http://goto.bilkent.edu.tr/gunes/zen/zenstories1.htm
Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks.
By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.

The first monk said, "Oh, no! The candle is out."
The second monk said, "Aren't we not suppose to talk?"
The third monk said, "Why must you two break the silence?"
The fourth monk laughed and said, "Ha! I'm the only one who didn't speak."
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Going silent.

Postby Kenshou » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:05 am

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Re: Going silent.

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:22 am

thereductor wrote:In considering that fact, I've decided to go silent for between 90 to 100 days. Its not a long time, to be sure. But it'll be longer than any such hiatus I've taken thus far.


Sounds good - are you going on a solitary retreat?

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Re: Going silent.

Postby pilgrim » Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:21 pm

I doubt he'll fall for that..Spiny...too easy
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Re: Going silent.

Postby Ytrog » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:48 pm

@plwk: I saw that story in some book once. I believe it was Buddhism for dummies (yes, I have it. It's hopelessly biased towards the Mahayana. :embarassed:)
Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.


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Re: Going silent.

Postby andre9999 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:15 am

Ytrog wrote: I believe it was Buddhism for dummies (yes, I have it. It's hopelessly biased towards the Mahayana.)


Fitting. :popcorn:

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