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Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

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Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby plwk » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:03 am

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A man from Long Island, New York, is facing up to 30 days in jail and a US$500 fine after a neighbour complained to police he was laughing too loudly, his lawyer said yesterday. More

It is childish, bhikkhus, in the discipline of the noble ones to laugh excessively showing the teeth.
Therefore, bhikkhus, having given up singing, having given up dancing, it is suitable for you who delight in the Dhamma to smile moderately mindful smiles.


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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby lojong1 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:17 pm

Buddha's "purgatory of laughter"?

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby manas » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:36 am

Well a fine I could understand, but jail would be ridiculous and excessive, I think...
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby alan » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:47 pm

Throw that guy into laughing idiot jail.
I hate it when people laugh out loud for no reason other than to call attention to themselves.

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby mirco » Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:17 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby mirco » Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:38 am

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:47 am

Maybe he just realized nibbana.

The Path of Discrimination (Patisambhidamagga by Sariputta) p. 372, para XXI 17. "With much laughter, blitheness, content and gladness he realizes the ultimate meaning, nibbana, thus it is laughing understanding."

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby plwk » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:41 am

go raibh maith agat tilt :tongue:

Mirco, no connection but that Sutta just came to mind and so I quoted it on the side.
For me, as a layman, perhaps I can take a leaf from the Lord on how to laugh mindfully without showing the contents of my cave :mrgreen:

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby alan » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:24 pm

"Bestial topics"...I'm sure you've read that one. (AN 10.70).
Also look at AN 10.93, which tells us the value of being fond of quietude.

Loud, pointless laughter, besides being a sign of spiritual immaturity, is also a social nuisance.

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby alan » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:35 pm

Carping, grumbling and grousing are all well and fine, as long as they are not loud.

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

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Re: Man faces jail for laughing too loudly

Postby alan » Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:12 pm

But wasn't this complaint about laughing out loud in public?

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