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Previous Comments By 'mpaul49'

Welcoming Fear As A Friend, by Gerald G. May

FaceBook  On Oct 31, 2017 Mack wrote:

 Fear of fear has, without doubt, been the big fear of my life.  As I grow older, I can't say that I welcome it, but I find myself questioning the deeply rooted assumption that I shouldn't feel it.  Of course, I should because to be alive is to feel fear.   My spiritual quest forever has been about managing it, but it doesn't, and even can't be managed.  Fear, no problem. 


Privacy Is Not Possible, by Vimala Thakar

FaceBook  On Jun 16, 2015 Mack wrote:

 Yes!  For some time now I've felt that practicing meditation is not at all for individual growth but a human responsibility, mental hygeine.    


Stay With The Breath, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

FaceBook  On Jun 18, 2014 Mack wrote:

 Buddhists take refuge vows.  I took the vow long ago but it is recently that I began to see where I take refuge and feel the consequences.  My mind is always pulling me to take refuge outside of myself- food, drink, television, sex, politics- the list is endless.   Actually taking refuge in the breath as opposed to using the breath as an occasional breather from my real refuges is rather new to me. 


In Praise of Idleness, by Bertrand Russell

FaceBook  On Jun 3, 2014 mack paul wrote:

 When I was in college, I had a great reverence for the romantic poets of the 19th century, Wordsworth and Coleridge.   I wasn't aware that there is a gulf between the thinking class and the working class.  The thinking class gets to avoid the heavy lifting of the working class.   Bertrand Russell was, of course, a member of the privileged thinking class, as is everyone involved in contemporary western Buddhism.   We get to avoid the drudgery and rhapsodize about doing nothing.