Bodhi-Cypher

It's time to introduce myself...

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Hi all,

 

 I have been a lurker since I first joined in November last year...     I feel like I should lurk no more, and introduce myself. I recently returned to the world of gaming after a very long time away. I bought myself a PS4 after a relationship breakdown, and as soon as I heard that little chime of a trophy unlocking, became intent on unlocking more and more of the little buggers. I came to this site for the guides really, but have become obsessed with seeing my world and country rankings improve with each 'ping'. However, I am very much a casual gamer, and will not be fighting for my place with the elite hunters! I decided to stay after seeing that this is a very nice community.

 

I am not a massive fan of online gaming - mainly because it tends to highlight how atrocious I am at most, if not all, games. I am that guy that you will use as cannon fodder, helping you to increase your stats rather than achieving MVP status myself. As a result, I tend to avoid multi-player sessions unless i need the trophies on my way to the platinum or 100%. Whilst I enjoy most genres of games, I tend to avoid most FPS or realistically violent games (Buddhist beliefs). I spend a lot of time playing driving games and enjoy trying out some of the more niche or indie titles. I am not going to play a game just for easy trophies, but a little whoring on occasion has proved to be quite satisfying (My name is Mayo, i am looking at you).  I like to mix it up a bit, having a long-haul game on the go, whilst playing a couple of quick-fix games. 

 

I hope to make a few friends along the way here - and as i become more confident, perhaps start contributing - but I feel more student than teacher at the moment. 

 

Anyway, I have probably bored you all silly if you have read this far, so I will return to a semi-lurking state for now.

 

Peace and Love, One and All

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the forums! I hope you enjoy your time here!

 

1 hour ago, Bodhi-Cypher said:

I hope to make a few friends along the way here - and as i become more confident, perhaps start contributing - but I feel more student than teacher at the moment. 

 

Don't have any reservations about posting here. It's a well moderated and generally polite community.

 

1 hour ago, Bodhi-Cypher said:

I have probably bored you all silly if you have read this far

 

Not me! I was quite interested to read that you're a Buddhist actually - I recently started practicing mindfulness meditation, which I think is based on vipassana, and am finding the insights and practice very valuable. 

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1 hour ago, StrickenBiged said:

Not me! I was quite interested to read that you're a Buddhist actually - I recently started practicing mindfulness meditation, which I think is based on vipassana, and am finding the insights and practice very valuable. 

 

Thank you for the warm welcome. Glad to hear that you're finding your meditation practice helpful - Mindfulness (whether through Buddhist practice or not) is an excellent skill to possess. Om mani padme hung! I used to find it really difficult to stay present - my mind always used to wander - or I would get easily distracted, until I got a teacher who helped with the techniques. Are you learning from a teacher, or are you self-taught? 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Bodhi-Cypher said:

Are you learning from a teacher, or are you self-taught?

 

I'm using Sam Harris' new app, Waking Up. He is a neuroscientist and a big advocate of mindfulness meditation. I've only been doing the practice since about September 2018, so I still have many occasions where thoughts intrude on my practice. Having said that, I have also had some excellent sessions where it felt like I was able to completely quiet my mind for 10-15 minutes at a time. I'm still getting used to it, so my longest practice session so far has only been half an hour. I'm no where near achieving sustained awareness of the non-self, but I think I have had flashes of it (it's a weird feeling to describe with text). 

 

Still, I am finding it very helpful. I recently had something come up in my family life which would normally have made me very angry, but I was able to catch the emotion first and not let it take over what I did next, that sort of thing. I'm much more on an even-keel now. 

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3 minutes ago, StrickenBiged said:

I have also had some excellent sessions where it felt like I was able to completely quiet my mind for 10-15 minutes at a time. I'm still getting used to it, so my longest practice session so far has only been half an hour. I'm no where near achieving sustained awareness of the non-self, but I think I have had flashes of it (it's a weird feeling to describe with text). 

 

Still, I am finding it very helpful. I recently had something come up in my family life which would normally have made me very angry, but I was able to catch the emotion first and not let it take over what I did next, that sort of thing. I'm much more on an even-keel now. 

 

You're doing well then - I have been practicing for about 10 years or so, and I can only manage around 30 minutes myself - but to be honest, in my life, that tends to be all I need (or at times can afford). And it sounds like it's paying off well, if you've been able to catch yourself at a trigger point. Perhaps I should come and learn from you! 

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4 minutes ago, Bodhi-Cypher said:

Perhaps I should come and learn from you! 

 

The app is excellent, but I'm not sure how a Buddhist would feel about it.

 

Sam Harris is an outspoken atheist, but spent many years on silent retreat and studying with masters. His goal is to bring people the benefits of meditation without the religious wrappings, and with a scientific understanding. He never criticises religion directly in the app, as far as I can recall anyway, I'm just saying that if you feel that any of the Buddhist rituals are important to your practice for religious reasons you won't find them there!

 

Similarly with me, I tend to usually do 10 minutes per day. Busy!

 

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1 minute ago, StrickenBiged said:

 

Sam Harris is an outspoken atheist, but spent many years on silent retreat and studying with masters. His goal is to bring people the benefits of meditation without the religious wrappings, and with a scientific understanding. He never criticises religion directly in the app, as far as I can recall anyway, I'm just saying that if you feel that any of the Buddhist rituals are important to your practice for religious reasons you won't find them there!

 

 

 

Generally speaking, Buddhism isn't really a religion, but more a spiritual path (take from that what you will) 🙃. Many of the deities were actual people (who have some arguably mythical and legendary stories attached). It sounds like he is adapting all of the practices without attaching a label - which is cool in my opinion. Besides, i am a really bad Buddhist anyway...     

 

To try and bring the subject back to gaming though - I think someone should try and make a Buddhist game - full of eastern iconography and traveling through the realms of hungry ghosts, samsara, and ultimately achieving enlightenment...    riding snow lions, wielding a flaming sword to cut through ignorance. that type of thing.  I don't know about you, but I would buy it (and hopefully achieve a platinum trophy!!!)

 

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1 hour ago, Bodhi-Cypher said:

I think someone should try and make a Buddhist game

 

I'd play it!

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Welcome!

 

Nice to see a buddhist join up. I've been interested in buddhism for a while, but I've always wondered how one fits that together with the way our western societies are shaped and function. Do you find it hard to adhere to the teachings in everyday life? Are there any sacrifices you've had to make? Don't mean to turn this into an interview, I'm just inquisitive by nature...

 

I'll check out that Sam Harris app (I do like what I've seen from him before), and I might even take a closer look at buddhism as well. I definitely need to learn to control my anger. It's gotten to a point where I get frustrated at being frustrated. I can get angry at the tiniest things, and just after a few moments of rage, I calm down and feel ridiculous. I've been going through these emotional cycles pretty much my entire life and if they don't turn out harmful they are just mentally exhausting. It'd be nice to be able to break the pattern.

 

Anyways, sorry if I hogged your thread, I might've gotten a bit carried away. Hope you enjoy your stay, happy hunting!

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7 minutes ago, SinisterPledge said:

I'll check out that Sam Harris app

 

I like it! If you go to this post on r/meditation, there is a code for a free trial. 

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Welcome! Enjoy your stay and happy hunting :]

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On 1/11/2019 at 5:28 PM, SinisterPledge said:

I've been interested in buddhism for a while, but I've always wondered how one fits that together with the way our western societies are shaped and function. Do you find it hard to adhere to the teachings in everyday life? Are there any sacrifices you've had to make? Don't mean to turn this into an interview, I'm just inquisitive by nature...

 

 

No apologies needed, friend - and it's nice that people are interested (although I never considered that I would be discussing my spiritual beliefs when starting this thread!

 

Anyways, as I said before, I am a pretty bad Buddhist - but I find no real issues whatsoever in fitting my beliefs in to western society. Some of the key principles of Buddhism are:

 

1. Life is suffering and universally experienced (this is pretty easy to adapt to western society, as life can be difficult - however, it's the same for everyone, no matter what your perception is).

 

2. Desire and attachment are the causes of suffering (again, this is quite easy to understand and apply) - I often meditate with this in mind - Do I need the things I "want"? Do they bring me any lasting happiness (or anyone else). That doesn't mean you need to go without, but be mindful of the value and attachment you place on things, as everything is temporary

 

3. Do not destroy other beings and practice loving kindness

 

Basically, it all amounts to don't be a dick, value the life that you and others have and don't place false value on materialistic or insignificant things (both in terms of objects and thoughts, discussions, etc). 

 

Of course, I am over simplifying things, as I am not a teacher - but none of those things have required me to sacrifice anything (or at least it doesn't feel like a sacrifice when you place no real value on whatever it is you relinquish) and none of those things present any difficulties in applying to western life (no more than it would to eastern life). I guess the hardest part is not being a dick to someone when they annoy, anger, insult or in any way assault you - it these moments where you have to learn to learn to adapt your behaviour (and learn from what it is that triggered your emotions). 

 

Hope that answers your question...? 

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