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Day-to-Day Practice Issues vs. Everything Else

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Day-to-Day Practice Issues vs. Everything Else

Postby christopher::: » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:18 am

Do any of you feel that sometimes we can get lost in interesting topics which have little to do with our day-to-day practice of the dhamma? If so, why is that? If not, what is the value of arguing and debating topics not directly related to our practice in this moment?

:anjali:
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Postby christopher::: » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:09 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Postby christopher::: » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:31 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Day-to-Day Practice Issues vs. Everything Else

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:39 am

i thought getting lost and then coming back was the practice...
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Day-to-Day Practice Issues vs. Everything Else

Postby BlackBird » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:58 am

"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." -

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Postby Cittasanto » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:54 pm

Hi jack, and all,
every action has a skill to it.
that doesn't mean the skill is skillful, but if the action leads to refining the skillful qualities already present, or developing skilful qualities not present then even an unskilful action has its benefits!


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Postby Fede » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:58 pm

Actually, at the risk of making myself sound like a sycophantic sucker-up, I'm with Tiltbillings, here.

The Buddha taught us about the origin and cessation of suffering, and illustrated that we lead lives through the three poisons.... and as such, gave us a remedy, an antidote.
This wasn't something to be taken three times a day, with meals, and with a glass of water....
This is a remedy we need to take, orally, intravenously, topically, through ingestion, libation and inhalation all the time....
So actually, every moment of dialogue, exchange, interaction and engagement with another person, via whichever medium you wish to mention, within any given topic of discussion, is an opportunity to be mindful, and to practice.
Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Awareness, Right Meditation.
All of these, are part of every single discussion.

Adhering to them, is the practice.
Practising them, is continuous.
not Continual.
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: Day-to-Day Practice Issues vs. Everything Else

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:47 pm

:twothumbsup:

Also, it's good not to let the best be the enemy of the good.
Don't let the fact that you're not meditating when you're hanging out here stop you from hanging out with dhamma friends and helping newcomers.
Be honest: would you really be meditating right now if you weren't visiting DW right now? And this is surely better for you than sitting in front of the TV or going down to the pub. :tongue:

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Re: Day-to-Day Practice Issues vs. Everything Else

Postby rowyourboat » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:32 pm

ok then, take one thing away from each thread that you participate it and use it in your daily practice. bear it in your mind and mindfulness and use it to change yourself as a person.

yes agreed, we are not axe murderers, but is this just dhamma entertainment? More consumption, no real change?
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With Metta

Karuna
Mudita
& Upekkha

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Re: Day-to-Day Practice Issues vs. Everything Else

Postby BlackBird » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:52 pm

"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." -

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Re: Day-to-Day Practice Issues vs. Everything Else

Postby catmoon » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:20 am

When I started out on the net, I would go hammer and tongs at any statement that seemed wrong to me. It was all about finding incorrectness and destroying it. Not only I, but some of our moderators used to play this game! There were some exciting battles.

But as Dharma takes hold, the battles lose their appeal as you start to see the harm they do. Intellectual jousting starts to seem irrelevant, too.

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Re: Day-to-Day Practice Issues vs. Everything Else

Postby christopher::: » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:48 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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