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Is it possible for practising Buddhists to have fun?

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Re: Is it possible for practising Buddhists to have fun?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:24 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Postby Mr Man » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:55 am

Of course we can have fun. There was a post by Kare where he mentioned a pali party which tickled me . But although a sense of humour is (fairly) universal what tickles that sense of humour is not (or what is perceived as fun).

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Postby Anagarika » Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:52 pm

In my mind, the use of humor is somewhat dependent on the experience and quality of the teacher. Someone like Ajahn Brahm, a scientist, an ethicist, a strong Dhamma scholar, and a graduate of the Ajahn Chah "crunchy frog" school has a right to use humor in order to connect with his audience and attract and inspire lay people in the Dhamma. His jokes are corny at times, but he knows they're corny and he has a very pleasing self-effacing quality to his humorous presentations.

A poorly qualified teacher, or imposter, needs to be very careful with humor, as humor is not used as a teaching tool but as a reflection of their own inability and foolishness.

Humor can be a very effective tool, but like matches, in the wrong hands, can be harmful and cheapen the Dhamma.

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Postby Prasadachitta » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:49 pm

"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332

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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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Postby convivium » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:24 am

Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php

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Postby manas » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:35 am

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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Postby Sylvester » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:02 am

How should we interpret AN 9.4? Was the Buddha gently poking fun at Ven Nandaka or was He bitterly complaining about the Ven's longwindedness?

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Postby knighter » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:34 pm

Hello from a very fun vipassana student

A massive yes of course you can have fun, smile, laugh, joke.
The thing i practice is the awareness, when your happy or having fun
just be aware this will also change but have fun and be happy,
also if your ever unhappy or bored also be aware that this moment
will also change, people seem to always think they have to be a certain
way comparing them selfs to others, the one thing ive learnt from vipassana
is be your own judge be your own teacher but above all be your own friend.
And keep practicing it takes along time to reach equanimity but have fun on the way.
Be happy
knighter

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Postby PadmaPhala » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:17 am

what are buddhists practicing to erradicate? suffering (dukkha)

what's the opposite of dukkha? sukkha (can be translated as joy)

it is even a characteristic of some jhanas =)

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Just relax.....



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"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
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Re: Is it possible for practising Buddhists to have fun?

Postby nem » Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:53 am

A bhikku at my local Therevada center was saying last week that he had a lot of fun giving a talk on the dhamma at a conference recently. At first, he was worried about whether it would be profound enough to be published. Then someone told him that it does not matter whether he is published, he is giving the gift of the dhamma. Then he said he felt free, and was having a lot of fun giving this talk about something which is near and dear to him, without worries about whether it would result in anything. Just the act of giving the gift of dhamma, was fun for him. I can understand how that would be pure enjoyment. It's a joy to talk about the dhamma, with people who might understand. In the day to day life that I experience, everything is contrary to the dhamma. Most people want to talk about gaining or being something, or of discontentment about life or politics or weather, things like that. So, it is not much fun to speak to people about things contrary to the dhamma . But certainly, just speaking about the dhamma with people that can understand the dhamma, that is very fun. No? If I came across someone in my daily life, who could speak about nama and rupa and what that means, I'd think I already reached Nibanna. :smile:

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