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by SDC
Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Hello

Hello everyone. I'm happy to have found these forums. I have been interested in philosophy, psychology, physics and Buddhism for many years, but it is only in this last year that I began studying Theravada. And what a year it has been. I believe I have found what I want to do with my life. While I f...
by SDC
Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does Buddhist cosmology relate to mundane experience?
Replies: 35
Views: 5094

Re: How does Buddhist cosmology relate to mundane experience?

Just curious...is there anyone here who takes this passage literally? What would be an argument for doing so, and how would you answer the objections that it is unscientific...i.e. conflicts with known facts about the formation of the earth, timetable for appearance of life, etc? It's interesting t...
by SDC
Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does Buddhist cosmology relate to mundane experience?
Replies: 35
Views: 5094

Re: How does Buddhist cosmology relate to mundane experience?

Thanks for the words of encouragement, Kim. Its funny...before I got deeply involved in the teachings, I thought I NEEDED to know the deepest secrets of both physics and cosmology to discover any purpose in life. What an exhausting, yet exciting pursuit. While it is far from a priority now, my mind ...
by SDC
Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Hello

Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone.
by SDC
Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Hello

You're welcome. :smile:
by SDC
Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Best Dharma Talks
Replies: 43
Views: 11302

Re: Best Dharma Talks

Buddhist eLibrary from Buddhanet.net The "Dhamma talks in America" have been most helpful to me. They start on page 3 and go to page 5. The only problem is that they are not in any particular order so you may want to look through them all first. The "Samsaric Buddhism" lecture i...
by SDC
Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to contemplate dukkha
Replies: 13
Views: 2112

Re: How to contemplate dukkha

We suffer (stress) when our expectations, our desires come in conflict with reality. Venerable Madawela Punnaji says it best in that "we look for permanence in an impermanent world." I observe closely when this occurs and watch my emotional reactions. I contemplate my own and that of other...
by SDC
Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to contemplate dukkha
Replies: 13
Views: 2112

Re: How to contemplate dukkha

Simply gently pay attention to your breathing. There is nothing to think about here. Maybe I am confused, but thought the original poster was asking about contemplation in an effort to fully understand the problem of suffering, and more important how it occurs in his own mind. With all due respect,...
by SDC
Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to contemplate dukkha
Replies: 13
Views: 2112

Re: How to contemplate dukkha

SDC - :goodpost: About your question, In a simple sense, mind-object contemplation (dhammānupassanā) in the satipatthāna is about being aware of what thoughts are in your mind. Right effort is what's used to abandon the unskillful thought. An example could be to abandon a thought of ill-will (right...
by SDC
Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dana
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: dana

From my understanding and research, dana is more than just giving to monks and the Sangha. It is all giving. It is all acts of sacrifice and generosity. To anyone. You can do that anywhere. Edit - The most merit will be earned in giving to monks and the sangha which is most likely why it is the most...
by SDC
Sun Dec 20, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to contemplate dukkha
Replies: 13
Views: 2112

Re: How to contemplate dukkha

Conceptual contemplation has its place, preferably with a skilled teacher when one is doing contemplations on the body and suffering. It is all too easy to get lost in a negative spaces. Gently paying attention to the breath not only allows one to develop a level of concentration, but it also culti...
by SDC
Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:27 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greeting from the interface of Buddhism and Quantum Physics
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: Greeting from the interface of Buddhism and Quantum Physics

The connection between Buddhism and science, especially physics, was at one time my main focus. While that is no longer the case, I always remember that it helped lead me to where I am today. It is such a useful bridge. Always good to see more literature comparing the two. Good luck with the book.
by SDC
Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Saying "I am a Buddhist"
Replies: 46
Views: 5185

Re: Saying "I am a Buddhist"

What is the intention when we speak to others about our beliefs? What is the goal? First off, like some others said, I don't get into it unless a discussion goes in that direction or unless I am directly asked. I am not embarrassed or ashamed but sometimes it is not appropriate or necessary. But whe...
by SDC
Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I suck at compassion.
Replies: 16
Views: 1288

Re: I suck at compassion.

My wife's grandfather has just died. She's looking to me to comfort her. I'm doing my best but I really struggle with compassion, yes even for my wife. Help? Is it possible that you are frustrated with how your wife views the death of her grandfather and how she views death in general? In the sense...
by SDC
Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: hell officers
Replies: 12
Views: 1756

Re: hell officers

Great thread. Interesting topic. Verse 100 of the Dhammapada is the story of the executioner, Tambadathika. Sorry I do not have a direct link. The overall message of the story is not related to your question however part of the story may be applicable. Throughout his life, Tambadathika had performed...
by SDC
Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha and Temporal "Neccessities".
Replies: 15
Views: 2045

Re: The Buddha and Temporal "Neccessities".

Maha-Saccaka Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Saccaka This may help explain. The Buddha describes his practice of austerities (not taking care of the body). Edit - Maybe I should explain why I think this will help answer your question. The Buddha could not fully awaken while following a way of life...
by SDC
Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Killer cows of the Pali Canon
Replies: 17
Views: 2175

Re: hell officers

by SDC
Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Killer cows of the Pali Canon
Replies: 17
Views: 2175

Re: hell officers

Retro and Paññāsikhara, Considering that my comments eventually led to your exchange I feel I should say something. Although I disagree with the scenario being a "common literary device", it is most definitely a common occurrence in several stories. Some more of which are in the Dhammapada...
by SDC
Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:36 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Debating the Buddha
Replies: 18
Views: 3803

Re: Debating the Buddha

Interesting question, Retro. It would definitely be interesting to see if there is a record. I imagine it would be hard to find. A long line of humble people would have had to ensure the protection of that information. Because quite a few of those that debated with the Buddha became followers after ...

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