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Tea Room / Buddhist numbers
« on: May 04, 2021, 06:01:15 PM »
There are so many things in Buddhism that come in numbered groups -- honestly, I don't know of any other religion or philosophy that comes close.  So how about putting them in this thread, starting with the lowest number?

I will begin with One -- the one Unexcelled, Perfect, and Complete Awakening, Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi.

Are there any more Ones or is it time to move on to Two?  Also, maybe the list should have started out from Zero?

Open Discussion / Losar
« on: February 12, 2021, 03:56:14 PM »
Happy Tibetan New Year, year of the Iron Ox!

Theravada / Reposting the Metta Sutta
« on: January 20, 2021, 08:02:48 PM »
I posted it once on the old site...  here it is again.  Posting in the Theravada section, but this is essential for all Dharma practitioners.

Herein lies the Metta Sutta,
Translated by Nyanamoli Thera:

What should be done by one skillful in good
So as to gain the State of Peace is this:

Let him be able, and upright and straight,
Easy to speak to, gentle, and not proud,
Contented too, supported easily,
With few tasks, and living very lightly;
His faculties serene, prudent, and modest,
Unswayed by the emotions of the clans;
And let him never do the slightest thing
That other wise men might hold blamable.

(And let him think:) "In safety and in bliss
May creatures all be of a blissful heart.
Whatever breathing beings there may be.
No matter whether they are frail or firm,
With none excepted, be they long or big
Or middle-sized, or be they short or small
Or thick, as well as those seen or unseen,
Or whether they are dwelling far or near,
Existing or yet seeking to exist.
May creatures all be of a blissful heart.
Let no one work another one's undoing
Or even slight him at all anywhere:
And never let them wish each other ill
Through provocation or resentful thought."
And just as might a mother with her life
Protect the son that was her only child,
So let him then for every living thing
Maintain unbounded consciousness in being;

And let him too with love for all the world
Maintain unbounded consciousness in being
Above, below, and all round in between,
Untroubled, with no enemy or foe.
And while he stands or walks or while he sits
Or while he lies down, free from drowsiness,
Let him resolve upon this mindfulness:
This is Divine Abiding here, they say.

But when he has no trafficking with views,
Is virtuous, and has perfected seeing,
And purges greed for sensual desires,
He surely comes no more to any womb.


Meditation / Live and recorded 7am Sits with Gil Fronsdal
« on: October 28, 2020, 05:55:18 PM »
Here is something of possible interest -- noted insight meditation Gil Fronsdal conducts live sits a regular basis.  I stumbled across it while browsing the web this morning.

The guided meditation was followed by a talk on the Eightfold Noble Path.  There were over 400 people tuned in today.

About him, from Wikipedia:

"Gil Fronsdal is a Norwegian-born, American Buddhist teacher, writer and scholar based in Redwood City, California. He has been practicing Buddhism of the Sōtō Zen and Vipassanā sects since 1975, and is currently teaching the practice of Buddhism in the San Francisco Bay Area."

Open Discussion / Favorite Buddhist books
« on: October 26, 2020, 08:26:19 PM »
I am not sure if this is the right subforum to put this, but I thought it is time to compile a list of recommended Buddhist books.  There were extensive resources collected on the old forum, but we can start afresh here.

I will launch it with The Dhammapada.

Not to do any evil,
to cultivate good,
to purify one’s mind,
this is the Teaching of the Buddhas.

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