I have a lot of thoughts about it but the most pressing one is that halfway through it my brother turned to me and said “This is like a Marx Brothers movie” and yes absolutely, at least for part of it, but it’s also a huge pet peeve of mine that so many of our culture heroes right now are extremely rich people who use their money to become rich superheroes and we don’t have anyone like the Marx Brothers poking fun at the super rich and social climbers and bamboozling them out of their money
@BhikkhuBeckett yup, sorry about that. Storage issues again. I'm going to upgrade that over the weekend to accommodate Mastodon and it's data hoarding ways.
Sat for 45 minutes tonight with the guidance of Buddhify’s Formal Concentration series. This is my second time through the series, each of four sets incrementally longer. The 45 minute set is quite sparse of spoken guidance; it’s mostly silence. I think I got further into real concentration than I have previously, into kind of a gooey pleasant state intermittently.
My right leg is now enjoying the return of blood circulation. That was a long sit!
Please enjoy this brief instruction from Fred Rogers Roshi.
My practice is fairly scattered and "daily-ish". Weekday mornings I can sometimes sit under a tree for 10-20 minutes in a well-maintained pine grove adjacent to a coworking space (previously mentioned). Sometimes at night after the rest of my family is in bed I can sit on a proper cushion and zabuton for 20-40 minutes. I use the "formal" instances on the Buddhify app or other recordings of guided meditation. Sometimes I meditate free range. @Flophouse_Sam
I frequently listen to podcasts as a sleep aid. One of my favorite occasional alternatives is the audiobook of Kornfield's /Teachings of the Buddha/ anthology. It's read by Edoardo Ballerini, who has a beautiful soothing voice. Sometimes, half-awake, I catch pertinent verses; an extract from the Thich Nhat Hanh's transatlon of the Satipatthana Sutta (Four Establishments of Mindfulness) led me to that book and grounded my Vipassana practice. It's good company overnight.
Buddha nature in a grain of sand? I enjoy the Everything is Alive podcast, in which the host interviews various inanimate objects. It's a great exercise in improv. My favorite episode is "Chioke, Grain of Sand" featuring a grain of sand who seems to dwell in Buddha nature.
" So, I don't really experience boredom.All of my existence is observation and reflection.So, I'm never bored."
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