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  1. Anybody ever start a group before?

    Is this on the wrong board or does no one give a shit?
  2. Call to Vikings!

    I probably have about 2% Viking DNA, so I'm about as much of one as anybody else in this thread.
  3. Thinking about starting a meditation group at a local library or some such place. I used to go to one that was at a Unitarian Church that was quite nice but then I moved. There aren't any non religious ones near me other than ones lead by psychologists. (Referral needed, which requires insurance, which isn't free here.) There's the Zen center I go to but it's out on the middle of nowhere and it is religious, no matter how non-dogmatic they are compared to most other religions. So my pitch for Craigslist is along the lines of "starting a meditation/mindfulness group in the x area. We will have a foundation of silent sitting meditation. We're also going to explore other techniques such as loving-kindness and [other examples]. Works from Daoism, Zen Buddhism, mindfulness psychology, and other schools will be discussed with emphasis on practice in everyday life. Look forward to hearing from you." So if you got some tips or experience with this type of thing, let me know about it please.
  4. There's a lot of word salad happening up in this thread. Maybe I'm thinking too logically or something.
  5. Good, growth, positivity, love, happiness...

    Found another perspective on the topic: "The true seeker Subdues all waywardness. He has submitted his nature to quietness. He is a true seeker Not because he begs But because he follows the lawful way, Holding back nothing, holding to nothing, Beyond good and beyond evil, Beyond the body and beyond the mind... He harms no living thing. And yet it is not good conduct That helps you upon the way, Nor ritual, nor book learning, Nor withdrawal into the self, Nor deep meditation. None of these confers mastery or joy. O seeker! Rely on nothing Until you want nothing." -Dhammapada (ch. 19) Even though it's attributed to Buddha, it seems pretty Daoist to me.
  6. Good, growth, positivity, love, happiness...

    These answers make sense I guess.
  7. Good, growth, positivity, love, happiness...

    I don't know fam. Space looks like complete and total darkness peppered with a lot of tiny lights. I don't fear the light. I don't want to cling to either, but that's a bit like giving up, escaping, letting everything go.
  8. Good, growth, positivity, love, happiness...

    It seems like the goal of good. To spread to the whole world. I've been working a lot on my mental health and these positive practices keep showing up. Gratitude, compassion, mindfulness, loving kindness- all evidence points to them being beneficial to an individual's emotional state and also to those around them. But I can't get over the feeling that there will be some kind of backlash. That the universe will balance it out somehow. I should probably just let it go, come back to the present, breathe, etc. Which helps a little but it doesn't answer the question. Edit: then again, since my default mode has traditionally been negative, maybe more positive will balance me out.
  9. What are you listening to?

    Been listening to the Sword a lot lately.
  10. Been stuck on this for a while. As far as I can tell, light can't exist without darkness. Life comes with death, awareness with delusion. So why focus on the positive if the negative will always be there? I asked a Zen master this. Why vow to free all beings if suffering will always be around no matter what we do? He said it's more of a way to behave and do what we can to help the world while we're here. It makes sense- something to hope for. I ask this here because yin and yang are Daoist ideas (universal law in my opinion, though I probably don't understand it). I get that doing good feels good and it's good for you. But I can't shake this irrational fear that doing good might cause an equal amount of bad. (*Edit: For example modern medicine is considered to be good in general, as it saves millions and millions of lives. But it's one of the causes of overpopulation, which is contributing to climate change which is bad.) Would like some experienced Daoist perspective on this.
  11. The Cool Picture Thread

  12. Was the Buddha a Genius?

    Meh. There's at least one in every dimension. Pretty run of the mill tbh.
  13. The Importance of Devotion

    Yeah. Every time I try to explain Zazen to someone and I get to the part about "if you have a profound realization or vision, just ignore it, go back to sitting, breathing, looking at the wall," they usually get a pretty puzzled expression. One guy even got mad. On the devotion topic, I heard something cool from a guest teacher the other day. I told him I wasn't ready to take the precepts. He said there's no way to be ready. But your body follows the precepts already. If there's something wrong, you'll feel it. Maybe that's why I've been such an angry, depressed sack of crap for most of my life.
  14. kôan / kung-an

    "Therefore, put aside the intellectual practice of investigating words and chasing phrases, and learn to take the backward step that turns the light and shines it inward. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will manifest. If you want to realize such, get to work on such right now." Dogen I've been not trying to not figure this out.