Bodhitree

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  1. As I understand it, psychedelics allow you to free yourself from the layers of belief that you have built up. The hallucinations seem to take a cue from your state of mind, set-and-setting, and so can either lead you to truth or falsehood. That is why integrating what you experience during a trip can take a long time. It affects the mind, so it takes time to settle, and then what you remember needs to be given a place. But I am not an expert on psychedelics.
  2. @Buba I’m going to let you do your own research, it’s more fun that way. Since you live in Azerbaijan, you might know about Buddhism in Central Asia, I thought there was one country where they did have quite a decent proportion of buddhists.
  3. @Nahm I don’t think it is a question of fault, exactly. Grace is not something you consciously express, it flows from within as a sign of the achievement of your spirit. As I understand it anyway.
  4. My background is kinda totally different, so maybe my reply to this is not so much in line with what Leo teaches in his video’s, but usually this kind of feeling happens slowly. These things take time to think over and integrate, so maybe you just want to go a bit too fast. I’d take a break from all this existential skulduggery and let things settle, come to rest.
  5. Well I have heard that grace is only visible to those who are ready to see it, those who are receptive. So I am not surprised the concept causes a little bit of a stir.
  6. So you think that grace is just a function of image? Why then does an picture of Papaji show me a kind of shine, his way of sitting, his smile — they just speak. While even the best PR shots of Tom Cruise show that he is just an actor. I don’t think the world is as simple as it all being just good PR, there is a genuine quality in these things.
  7. Well, Ramana’s reply when he was asked about the cancer on his arm was that the cancer, too, has a right to live. I think he was absolutely right to do what he did. I’m absolutely perplexed by how far some humans are willing to go to preserve their lives. After all, death is not the end.
  8. @The Buddha I know what you mean, I too have known a few very rare individuals who had this grace, like a full moon shining all around them. It’s immediately obvious. I have read that progress of the disciple happened with the grace of the guru, its why thousands of people would come and hear Osho speak his discourses live. I have even known a few English sannyasins who were told by him to attend the Hindi discourses, because the silences mattered more than the words.
  9. You might want to read Stephen Batchelor’s book Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist, it is a good read and details his 12 years as a Tibetan Buddhist monk before he disrobed, returned to England and eventually married an ex-nun.
  10. Yes it is possible. If you go and look at the Plum Village website, that is for the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, you will find arrangements for a temporary stay (there is some payment expected) or you can choose to become a monk and stay as long as you wish. There are some pretty stringent rules for monkhood, such as celibacy and having a bare minimum of personal possessions. I imagine it would vary from community to community. If you were to go to Thailand, temporary arrangements are quite normal there, many people become a monk for six months or a few years.
  11. Well, when you are daydreaming or asleep you can still be startled awake by a loud noise or a shake of the shoulder. So there is still some form of awareness even if attention is absorbed elsewhere.
  12. I have found it tricky to differentiate between the two, it’s a question of just trying a few things and seeing what resonates. I read Papaji’s book of satsang questions, The Truth Is, and I found that helpful. Papaji was the student of Ramana Maharshi and in his turn the teacher of others. I’ve investigated a few of the rest, Mooji, Rupert Spira, Robert Adams, a few more but there wasn’t a strong connection. You read this material, and there is an instinctive recognition for certain things that they are true. Other things you may be inclined to think they are horse manure. I am not inclined to just accept all of it at face value, some of what they claim is quite outlandish. Test the teachings as if you were a goldsmith buying gold at the market, as the Buddha would say.
  13. @Someone here I would advise some cemetary meditation. It may not be as effective as in the Buddha’s time, when you’d literally be sitting with the bones of decomposing corpses, but it’s still good.