Glad to meet you! Namasté! Have you been initiated in Buddhism ?
Here are a few talks with Thich Nhat Hanh, this is from an interview with Oprah:
Here is an article on the four mantras:
and here is a dharma talk that I love:
Here are free images and Buddhist thangkas:
If you have a smartphone and use Android you can find Rabten apps in Google Play: there is Dharma Treasure and Tibetan calendar.
In Europe in Switzerland and in a few other countries there are Buddhist monasteries: www.rabten.eu
Gonsar Tulku Rinpoche is a Living Master in Tibetan Buddhism you can find information concerning dharma talks in Dharma Treasure app or on Rabten website.
For Zen I warmly recommend Shunmyo Masuno's book "The Art of Simple Living". You can find the book on Audible where you can get it for free when you register.
Begining the 5th of December there is a retreat in Maui with Ram Dass, Krishna Das, Jack Kornfield, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Trudy Goodman and Mirabai Bush. Jack Kornfield is a buddhist monk and the retreats organized by Love Serve Remember foundation bring together Bhakti and Buddhist practices. Should you wanna join here is a link:
Have a joyful day,
Just to introduce myself;
Am 45 years old, look after my son and wife, little dog and a cat, and some Honeybees too. Play electric guitar, paint oil on canvas, part time worker (as Im the one looking after our little boy, wife has long working hours).
Enjoy Nature, especially wild nature. Live in a Danish countryside with not much wild nature left to enjoy.
Worked with Kenneth Folk over Skype last year but had no clue the man had an online forum. Glad to be here! I see some familiar faces from over at DhO I will lay low Chris
They collect nectar from the surronding nature what ever there is really so it all depends on whats there during the warm flowering season. In my locality there is a guy with Carnica bess, one with Italian and I with Buckfast and they all make the same honey = the one they can find in out locality at any given time.
I can geek out even more if you are interested in keeping bees as there are those who keep bees conventioanlly (very controlled bees and forced into honey production) and those who keep them naturally (without threatments and letting them naturally swarm and make as much honey as the bees choose to collect) Yeah this is geek stuff!
At the park nearby they have a demonstration area with a few dozen small hives for different native bees, raised up off the ground with protectors so predators can't climb up and get the bees or honey. They have signs that explain about each kind. The honeys we bought from a hipster at a market.
I was only used to 'ordinary' honey in the United States, even if it was from a local farmer, it was from 'ordinary' honeybees, as far as I knew. So I wondered if other regions of the world have honey-producing native bees too. There must be many I don't know about.
I have no experience with stingless bees.
Chris Marti wrote:
So they need to emerge from their eggs (layed last year by their mother) get out feed, find a partner to mate and lay new egss and die , all within those 2-3 weeks...
In the U.S. we call those insects cicadas
Fun story about me: I had never really heard the incredible cacophany that a huge number of cicadas on a hot day can make, until I moved to Toronto. I was finally fed up with the sound and told my roommate I was going to call the city about the awful buzzing sound the electrical line outside our building was making. He had the great delight of telling me how horribly wrong I was. I was gobsmacked.
When I was growing up in the western U.S., we were always catching these guys - it's a really big cricket:
Jayson Paul wrote: Hello all. My name is Jayson and I live in New York. I've been a long time lurker for all forums related to Kenneth Folk and found the public practice logs to be very helpful in my own practice. I have practiced in many traditions over the last 10ish years. In the last year I really buckled down and got my concentration strong with The Mind Illuminated and then switched to Mahasi noting for insight. Now I'm looking to connect with others on the path to work through the murkier, less mappable stages that come with later paths territory.
Welcome! Good to have you here.
I really like the way you say "buckled down" as it reminds me of last year before deciding to contact Kenneth Folk. I was stuck to my throat in the nasty swamp of the Dark Night for almost a decade and then had a thought "There is no way I can go back, or stay in this stage, but only forward, buckle up!" And so I did! I asked Kenneth if he would be so kind to assist me and he said "Yes".
Looking forward to read you!
I am a self-directed Ch'an / Huayan Buddhist with Taoist leanings.
Being self-directed I have no formal in-person Sangha (closest is 100km away). I am here to add you to my Sangha, to learn from you and to share what I have learned. Hopefully we can be of benefit to each other as we walk the path together.
I've been meditating for 3 or 4 years now - generally just 30 minutes a day, with some more intensive periods and short retreats. I haven't really enjoyed the Buddhist or secular meditation groups that are available around me, so I've come here to meet people and learn (and hopefully get a little guidance and feedback). I feel like I need some supportive sangha to help guide me forward.
I've had a few powerful meditation experiences over the years with Leigh Brasington's method, and would love to continue down that path for a while.
But I've also had a really powerful experience on a Dhammakaya retreat in Northern Thailand, using a technique focused on the sacral chakra. Before I read anything about meditation I experimented a little with my own method, focused on the third eye chakra. That lead to some very strong experiences of bliss, with colourful visualisations. (Anyone else hear of this stuff? It's new to me.)
I'm the type of guy who thought the New Atheists were cool 15 years ago, so it's been quite a journey to open up to these types of experiences. These days I like to read Buddhist philosophy and meditation, critiques of Buddhism and meditation, etc (Glenn Wallis, Evan Thompson, Ann Gleig, Donald Lopez Jr, Erik Braun, etc) and still think about some more formal academic study.
I'm hoping to sit my first 10 day retreat in Australia this year, though with Coronavirus that is looking a little questionable. There doesn't seem to be too much choice around, so I guess it'll be a Goenka retreat.