Is it possible for practising Buddhists to have fun?

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

Postby Aloka » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:33 pm

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I think perhaps this Brian Ruhe video was meant to be fun (but I didn't laugh !)


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

Postby Benjamin » Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:03 am

In regards to the idea of fun/humor in teaching, I think it greatly depends on the audience.

If you listen to Thanissaro Bhikku's talks at dhammatalks.org, you will not find any instances of humor or laughter in his talks. I'm assuming these are the daily talks given to monks and recorded for the website. However on audiodharma, you will find a great deal of talks from retreats with him, where he uses humor and laughs a great deal. I think he understands when it's appropriate to use or not, and while he is of course just one example, my point is that sometimes humor can be skillful means (in my opinion).



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

Postby pegembara » Sat Mar 30, 2013 3:56 am

Of course. But know that all the fun and games will have to end eventually. That is a certainty. It is much better to be at peace than to have fun.
And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech.
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Re: Is it possible for practising Buddhists to have fun?

Postby ground » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:52 am

Aloka wrote:Is it possible for practising Buddhists to have fun ? I'd be interested in reading other peoples comments about this.

Actually buddhism can be great fun, but something that can be fun is not necessarily experienced as fun. E.g. some people can laught about themselves and others can not. Why is this? So getting involved in buddhism is getting involved in experiencing oneself in that context. There may arise lots of reasons to laugh about oneself, oneself identifying with and appropriating ideas which are perceived to be buddhism, perceived as something different from oneself but not merely one's own experience in this context. This may be great fun. :sage:
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Re: Is it possible for practising Buddhists to have fun?

Postby BlackBird » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:17 am

David N. Snyder wrote:Just as there is sometimes the 'arahantification' of sotapannas -- that is some who believe a sotapanna has virtually the same traits of an arahant;.


Something very important that could easily have been glazed over by the majority. :goodpost:
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta
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Re: Is it possible for practising Buddhists to have fun?

Postby taintless » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:38 pm

By fun do you mean like:

Partying, using recreational drugs, hooking up, chatting, trolling, playing computer games, listening to music etc.

If so, yes. It is possible

Of course, most of the above actions would not be recommended by most forum users here, but I recommend experimenting, to at least know what you're missing, and if you find it to be useless or unskillful, then abandon it!
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Re: Is it possible for practising Buddhists to have fun?

Postby SarathW » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:16 pm

Have fun but make sure no hangovers.
As far as I know only fun you can have without hangover is Nirvana because it is unconditioned. :)
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Re: Is it possible for practising Buddhists to have fun?

Postby Aloka » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:05 am

taintless wrote:By fun do you mean like:

Partying, using recreational drugs, hooking up, chatting, trolling, playing computer games, listening to music etc.

If so, yes. It is possible

Of course, most of the above actions would not be recommended by most forum users here, but I recommend experimenting, to at least know what you're missing, and if you find it to be useless or unskillful, then abandon it!


No. I didn't mean partying etc. Been there, done that, moved on. No inclination for further 'experimenting' thanks.

However, I've attended talks by various teachers who have used humour and laughter - and I find that fun, as well as many other things. Life is short and I don't necessarily need to go around with a grim expression on my face just because I'm aware of anicca and dukkha !

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

Postby chownah » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:49 pm

I think that if you are practicing Buddhism then having fun is a bonus but when it is time to stop practicing and start actually DOING it then you might discover that all of that fun having is actually a big comedown compared to what is possible.
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