What are some good hobbies?

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What are some good hobbies?

Postby Dugu » Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:10 am

Anyone has an interesting hobby or know of any? :juggling:
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:15 am

Depends on your interests. For me it is:

1. Dhamma Wheel
2. Kalyana mitta / networking with Dhamma friends online & off
3. Reading & studying suttas
4. Meditation
5. Exercise
6. Chess

In approximately the above order. :tongue:
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby adamposey » Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:15 am

I tend to spend my time reading as a hobby. It's a mentally fulfilling exercise. :)
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby Moggalana » Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:13 am

rock climbing! :D
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby Ben » Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:31 am

Mine at the moment are swimming, archery (target shooting) and cooking for family and friends.
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby Kare » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:04 am

Playing the harp, and playing the viol with friends.

Why the viol?

Read what Thomas Mace so eloquently said about this in his "Musick's Monument", 1676:

We had for our Grave Musick, Fancies of 3, 4, 5, and 6 Parts to the Organ; Interpos‘d (now and then) with some Pavins, Allmaines, Solemn, and Sweet Delightful Ayres; all which were (as it were) so many Pathettical Stories, Rhetorical, and Sublime Discourses; Subtil and Accute Argumentations; so Suitable, and Agreeing to the Inward, Secret, and Intellectual Faculties of the Soul and Mind; that to set Them forth according to their True Praise, there are no Words Sufficient in Language; yet what I can best speak of Them, shall be only to say, That They have been to my self, (and many others) as Divine Raptures, Powerfully Captivating all our unruly Faculties, and Affections, (for the Time) and disposing us to Solidity, Gravity, and a Good Temper; making us capable of Heavenly, and Divine Influences. ... And These Things were Performed, upon so many Equal, and Truly-Sciz'd Viols; and so Exactly Strung, Tun'd, and Play'd upon, as no one Part was any Impediment to the Other, but still (as the Composition required) by Intervals, each Part Amplified, and Heightened the Other, The Organ Evenly, Softly, and Sweetly Acchording to All.
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby Stephen K » Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:03 am

I like cycling, playing tennis and watching my favourite football team Manchester United. ;)
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby James the Giant » Sun Oct 18, 2009 5:51 pm

My newest hobby is CHAINSAWING! and then splitting wood. It's wonderful, and a bit scary.
I cut huge cypress and pine trees into rounds, then split them with the axe into bits the right size for the log fire.
Then, when winter comes around, I can sit in my shack and meditate, while outside it is snowing.
A friend of mine said "Dude, I have never heard anyone link chainsawing so intimately with meditation."
But it's true, chainsaws are an integral part of preparing for my practise. I don't see it as work, it's a fun hobby.

BTW it's a Stihl 066, a very very large chainsaw. The engine is bigger than some motorcycles I have owned. :guns:
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby Perry » Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:24 pm

Stefan wrote:I like cycling, playing tennis and watching my favourite football team Manchester United. ;)


Wahey!!!

Books are always a great hobby, sadly I'm stuck at the moment, I'm desperate to read The Dream of the Red Chamber, and got it out of my local library, but am nowhere near intelligent enough to read it! :weep:
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby dragonwarrior » Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:50 pm

cycling, traveling, meditation, reading, cooking, gardening, sports :juggling:
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby Lazy_eye » Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:59 pm

How about learning a language? If you choose Chinese, Pali, Sanskrit or Tibetan (among others) you could combine your hobby with sutra study! :smile:
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby Individual » Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:04 pm

Hunting
Fishing
Target shooting
Wine collecting
Rugby
Cage fighting

And Karaoke.
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby Lazy_eye » Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:10 pm

hey, what's wrong with karaoke???
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby I, Mudd » Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:25 pm

I like mountain biking.
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby dragonwarrior » Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:46 pm

Individual wrote:Hunting
Fishing
Target shooting
Wine collecting
Rugby
Cage fighting

And Karaoke.


Fishing? Don't fish please! and don't shoot birds!
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:50 pm

Individual wrote:Hunting
Fishing
Target shooting


:jawdrop: Still?

Nothing wrong with target shooting if it is at paper target, but I hope you're a bad shot, considering the first two "hobbies." :tongue:
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:05 pm

Greetings,

Looking around my loungeroom it's evident that 2 hobbies of mine are collecting CDs and Dhamma Books!

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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby pink_trike » Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:39 pm

Reading, research and writing, building a web site, drawing, making video slideshows, gardening, listening to and identifying call/response patterns in bird sing.
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Re: What are some good hobbies?

Postby Potato » Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:59 am

Drumming
Reading
Cooking
Geocaching/benchmarking
Ham radio
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