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greggorious
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Nature

Postby greggorious » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:49 pm

Along with meditation, do many of you see being with nature as a blissful experience? I'm a huge Animal lover and love nothing more than you going to the park to see the Ducks, Geese and Swans, along with Tree's, meadows etc. Anyone else feel this sense of unity with nature? One thing I've noticed that people in the therevada tradition don't talk about nature much. They're obsessed with it in Zen.
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah

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Aloka
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Re: Nature

Postby Aloka » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:05 pm

I've always liked nature ... plants,animals, open spaces since I was a child. One doesn't have to be a Buddhist to do that.

Lots of people I know, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist appreciate other lifeforms, nature, open spaces etc. especially if they lives in an urban environment most of the time.

I also prefer to meditate outdoors when possible.

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Re: Nature

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:09 pm

To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Nature

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:54 pm

We are nature...we are not an adjunct or alien.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Sam Vara
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Re: Nature

Postby Sam Vara » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:56 pm

I find some bits of nature are very appealing. Trees and kittens I like. Mountains, if I can look at them from somewhere warm. Staphylococcus and animal poo, less so.

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Re: Nature

Postby greggorious » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:08 pm

Thanks for your replies. I wrote a song recently, I hope you don't mind if I share the lyrics with you?

SWANS IN THE SNOW

Verse 1

Taking in the cold day
by order of the solitary way
A mind consumed with all that I know
gives way to Swans in the snow

Verse 2

A tired river lies cold
This day has quickly grown old,
and as I shelter my thoughts from the foe
I see the Swans in the snow

Verse 3

This failing figure looks on
and hears the rivers old song
This moment enters, then away it will go
along with the Swans in the snow

Middle 8

The silence taken over
by nothing more than nature
dressed in wings of sailing Birds

Slithers of crystal water
conquer this season's quater
Winter caving in it's heart
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah

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Re: Nature

Postby adosa » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:59 am

"To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas" - Dhammapada 183

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Ben
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Re: Nature

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:25 am

Hi Greg,

I think you would like where I live during the week. I'm in a cottage by a small lake which is populated by black swans, ducks, cormorants and other water-birds who feed on the red fin and trout. There's a lot of wildlife about inc. possums, wallabys and perhaps the odd wombat and tasmanian devil - and lots of snakes. Across the river there's a large national park and state forest. In winter it snows on the peaks to the north of me - and sometimes on the hills on the other side of the valley. At night time I fall asleep to the sound of swansong on the lake and possums dancing on my roof.
When I go home (most weekends) I go home to my family and our pets which are two dogs, two cats and some horses.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Nature

Postby Buckwheat » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:53 am

I like nature a lot and it does not have to be the good stuff. Animal bones are a fascinating reminder of death and animal poo can be interesting for purposes of tracking what animals are in the area. I do have a line because I am repulsed by human pollution but even that is a potential meditation object. Of course I agree with the above ststements about mountains forests animals plants and water. Looking up is a regular sourse of interest be it clear cloudy or starry. Listening to birds can be a fruitful form of mindfulness.

My favorite thing about nature is when it helps me drop notions about my self identity, followed closely by the sense of peace and focus that it encourages.

That and a nice pair of legs.
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Nature

Postby Sanghamitta » Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:16 am

" We sit by a lake on a warm summers day and and project feelings of peacefulness...meanwhile below the surface everything is engaged in a struggle to simply survive...everything is hunting or hunted by everything else...its the nature of Dukkha "

Ajahn Munindo.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Nature

Postby palchi » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:41 am

I also love to be out in nature.... And since I am currently posted in one of the most beautiful and least populated countries in the world (Namibia) there's lot's of nature and wilderness and empty space and animals.... There's a game park just 30 min from here where I go hiking and I regularly encounter antilopes, baboons, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs and - once - even giraffes.... I also have lots of birds in the garden and it's so nice listening to them and watching them.

Very good for recharging my batteries and getting back in balance.

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Re: Nature

Postby Sanghamitta » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:14 pm

And do you suppose that all those furry and winged fellow denizens of this planet as they hunt and are hunted are also recharging their batteries ? Or is that a luxury afforded only to humans who find it all terribly romantic ...?
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Nature

Postby ground » Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:16 pm

Nature is seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting ... amended by ideas and feelings.
Nothing special, right?

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Re: Nature

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Re: Nature

Postby Buckwheat » Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:42 pm

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Nature

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:03 pm

Dear members,

This is a reminder to remain on-topic and to refrain from metadiscussion.
Failure to do so may precipitate unwanted moderation attention.
Thanks for your cooperation.

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

(Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • •

e: [email protected]..


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