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Offline Thao

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the Meditation Room
« on: September 18, 2010, 09:27:48 am »
I have a room that is actually a dining room only it is seldom used except once a year, and I have my Buddhist objects in it. But I also have a computer, and I wonder if I am using it now for a meditation room if I should have my computer in it, but then when I think of it, perhaps it should never be used as a dining room? Not that I have any better place, but I could move the computer

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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2010, 01:48:28 pm »
I have a room that is actually a dining room only it is seldom used except once a year, and I have my Buddhist objects in it. But I also have a computer, and I wonder if I am using it now for a meditation room if I should have my computer in it, but then when I think of it, perhaps it should never be used as a dining room? Not that I have any better place, but I could move the computer

Nah, leave it as-is.  Even if you see the computer as a potential distraction, leave it right where it is.

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Re: the Meditation Room
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010, 02:15:23 pm »

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Re: the Meditation Room
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2010, 02:58:24 am »
Thanks to you both. Good article on the meditation room Monkey Mind.

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Re: the Meditation Room
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2010, 03:26:43 am »
I have a room that is actually a dining room only it is seldom used except once a year, and I have my Buddhist objects in it. But I also have a computer, and I wonder if I am using it now for a meditation room if I should have my computer in it, but then when I think of it, perhaps it should never be used as a dining room? Not that I have any better place, but I could move the computer

Convert it into a shrine room and put the computer in the shed... :wink1:

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Re: the Meditation Room
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2010, 04:49:02 am »
Keep the computer in your shrine room but only use it to communicate with Free Sangha.   You'll be completely kosher -- er, -- Buddhisty that way.  :fu:

Seriously, though, intention is everything, imo.  If you feel comfortable with the room as-is, then leave the computer where it is and eat your occasional meals as you always have.  If you feel better about converting it to a shrine-only space, by all means do that.  There is no right or wrong way here (ok, well, please don't use the room as a meth-amphetamine/crack lab), there is only the Fragrant Herb way.


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Re: the Meditation Room
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2010, 09:17:27 am »
My computer is in my shrine room and it doesn't distract me from meditating ummmmmmm.... what was I saying?  Best I go off and do my protector practices instead of sitting here typing!   :D
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2010, 10:28:44 am »
It is good to show respect by keeping a shrine away from  dirt etc, but I've not heard a PC is a problem.  A laptop is easier to deal with.

I have heard it's bad to have your shrine in the room where you have sex.   If that includes the dining room then ...  LOL :)

Which means all my rooms are safe.  :bigtears:


(Just kidding. )
« Last Edit: September 19, 2010, 10:30:44 am by Yeshe Zopa »

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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2010, 02:35:26 pm »
well, old people like me can have a meditation room in any room in the house.

i agree. use your computer for only freesangha, but i visit a few other sanghas and then i never know where i am or where i wrote what.

my sister talked me into joining this free second life program online called hippo, where you are in a virtual world. she gave me a piece of fake land, and then she gave me some japanese houses that she created, all for free. i spent a month or so last winter putting trees, mountains and rivers on it and then all the sudden i was making a meditation hall, and i knew then that i really missed my sangha back in california and buddhism in general.  there is no computer or real food to be concerned about there, but then spring came and i had to get busy in my real garden. my real life is more important, but when it gets cold again i may finish the place. build another meditation hall add more trees. it is really pretty, but i don't like living in fantasies. and you really can't sit there and meditate.

i don't think my computer would be a distraction either greg. maybe i was just thinking of more purity. and i was in a sangha were you couldn't eat in the shrine room. of course i don't have an altar yet, but my buddhist objects are in the dining room and i ordered a cushion and mat.
 

in the shed. put the computer in the shed? no, no, no, no. lol.

meth lab? no. i could never do that. hmmm, where is that vodka bottle? i need a stiff drink.
 i guess if i had my way it would look like the meditation hall on hippo.

thanks for all your fun posts.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2010, 04:15:49 pm by Fragrant Herbs »

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Re: the Meditation Room
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2010, 04:36:09 pm »
Gee if I were to build such a thing as a cyber-meditation hall, it would probably have three floors, and elevator and a little sign nearby that said:

1  Brewery

2  Hydroponics Lounge

3  Meditation level
Sergeant Schultz was onto something.

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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2010, 02:55:34 am »
that is pretty good catmoon. you get drunk when yo walk into the room, go up stairs and pass out in the water with the plants, and then when you sober up you would make it to the meditation room, if you haven't drowned first.  :lmfao:

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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2010, 03:06:19 am »
that is pretty good catmoon. you get drunk when yo walk into the room, go up stairs and pass out in the water with the plants, and then when you sober up you would make it to the meditation room, if you haven't drowned first.  :lmfao:

Well you missed the part where you smoke a bowl in the lounge. Gee, what did you think it was for, growing tomatos?

Hmm come to thing of it, we might not need the elevator to go all the way to the top floor. People might sorta float up there on their own. Yep, sounds workable.
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« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2010, 09:45:27 am »
Well you missed the part where you smoke a bowl in the lounge.

Well, I sure didn't!!  

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Gee, what did you think it was for, growing tomatos?

Well, if you were really into tomatoes, then I suppose you could grow them like that.  However a regular crop of the Chronic isn't such a bad thing.  There's also a strain based on Thai genetics called "Buddha" (it's referenced in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle).  I thought about getting some seeds out of Amsterdam to try, but I'm kind of a chickenshit about that sort of thing, so .....

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Hmm come to thing of it, we might not need the elevator to go all the way to the top floor. People might sorta float up there on their own. Yep, sounds workable.

Personally, I don't recommend getting high before practice.  The mind goes to some pretty wierd/dark places in that condition.  However, when the gong rings thrice .......

On the other hand, I was discussing the alcohol offerings associated tsok with some senior students one evening.  I asked if bringing a joint or some brownies to share would be "acceptable" in that context.  The seniors agreed that it would be ok.  I don't think they meant for everyone to get completely baked, either.  The idea with alcoholoic beverages and amrita isn't for the purpose of getting poopie-faced. Everything in moderation.

It's also well known that people smoking kind bud should not attempt to use a Damaru.
« Last Edit: October 05, 2010, 09:48:29 am by GoGet »

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Re: the Meditation Room
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2010, 10:54:42 am »
As i work in my office (a large bedroom upstairs) with my big desk, it's also mama's Buddha room where hubby and baby and doggies and cat don't need to go in.  So I have three/four computers in there, my shrine and my music studio.

When I work I work.
When I sit I sit.
When I music I music.  (yes verb form)
When I write I write (computer or longhand)

As I am the ONLY buddha-lover in the house, I need a special guru space for my prostrations (which I've gotten much better about doing especially now that I'm skinnifiying again) and assorted tribal sounding mumblings and chants.   

LOL...

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Re: the Meditation Room
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2010, 05:02:44 am »
Thanks for all of your posts, even the  humorous ones.

 


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