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by befriend
Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szazs
Replies: 12
Views: 251

Re: "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szazs

i have a serious mental illness and it is not caused by the material world in my experience. It is defenitely spiritual. If it's a ghost if it's trauma of its karma if it's a Mara trying to stop me from spreading Dhamma it doesn't matter. What matters is that you take your medicine, work, and do as ...
by befriend
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clarifying Buddhist position on prayer
Replies: 35
Views: 1071

Re: Clarifying Buddhist position on prayer

how do you pray to god if you don't mind me asking? How do you define God? This could help people with giving you a more specialized response.
by befriend
Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: abhidhammic perspective on delusion
Replies: 9
Views: 192

Re: abhidhammic perspective on delusion

Out of the three personality types the delusional kind is someone who would walk into a room and not know what to do or say and not really know what's going on. Neutrality causes people to space out don't know if that's delusion I think it might be. I would look into reactions to neutral phenomena a...
by befriend
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sympathy for defilements
Replies: 16
Views: 228

Sympathy for defilements

Instead of being averse to our aversion I've heard people sending loving kindness to our unwholesome mind states what is you experience with our thoughts on this?
by befriend
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dying without attaining Sotapanna
Replies: 51
Views: 2851

Re: Dying without attaining Sotapanna

I had this same anxiety until my teacher told me never to worry about your future.
by befriend
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Tolerance of the Intolerant
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: Tolerance of the Intolerant

I think as Buddhists we have to make sure we discredit self immolation, tragedies against the rhohingya minorities by explaining to other Buddhists that Buddhism is nothing to die for or harm for. In regards to other religions we must make sure we attain stream winner in this life because in our nex...
by befriend
Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Hot Topics (News)
Topic: White American fragility, Asian American Invisibility
Replies: 84
Views: 2037

Re: White American fragility, Asian American Invisibility

It's possible in parts of America for white people to be victims of racism but for the most part we have white privilege because as we are now seeing in the us the enormous amount of covert racism there is which inadvertently benefits Caucasians and oppresses minorities and and there hope of meritoc...
by befriend
Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Support in following the 8 precepts
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Support in following the 8 precepts

In the course of Buddhist history has there ever been an 8 precept community of practitioners?
by befriend
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: advice to rahula
Replies: 1
Views: 129

advice to rahula

I read on this forum someone saying that if you practice the rahula sutta (where Buddha tells his son to be like a mirror with all of his actions), that one can attain sainthood? is this correct? thoughts?
by befriend
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy birthday, Sattva!
Replies: 7
Views: 138

Re: Happy birthday, Sattva!

happy Birthday!! :anjali:
by befriend
Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: equanimity for difficult people
Replies: 4
Views: 256

equanimity for difficult people

when someone is being annoying or offensive, do we think thoughts of loving kindness towards them, or equanimity? after someone yells at me or is being annoying to me or if I see someone being mean spirited to someone else I have an averse mental reaction, to counter my anger should I think, "w...
by befriend
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Leisure time
Replies: 7
Views: 697

Leisure time

What do you do when your not meditating working or studying I'm not sure what to do with my down time what do you guys do to prevent idleness and boredom? Thanks metta befriend
by befriend
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen
Replies: 21
Views: 542

Re: Zen

isn't there a sutta where Buddha says the mind is naturally pure and bright but only clouded by defilements?
by befriend
Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: ADDITHANA parami - determination & persistence
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: dhamma parami - determination & persistence

yes, I do it by reflecting on how painful the defilements are. and how awesome it is slowly turn your corner of the world into a heaven realm. and by knowing I have nothing better to do. your practice affects many many people, if you have a good understanding of Buddhist thought and a meditation pra...
by befriend
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Has anyone here experienced any of the stages of insight?
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: Has anyone here experienced any of the stages of insight?

yes im reading it im only in the very beginning though.
by befriend
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:29 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Has anyone here experienced any of the stages of insight?
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: Has anyone here experienced any of the stages of insight?

i have experienced from practicing vipassana doing mahasi method, hopefully i was doing it correctly, at times in my meditation everything became putrid and repulsive, good thoughts were disgusting to me, bad thoughts were disgusting to me, sights, sounds etc... that was as deep as i got with insig...
by befriend
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Has anyone here experienced any of the stages of insight?
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: Has anyone here experienced any of the stages of insight?

Insight is not some magical thing that pops up by focusing on a fixed spot. That would be like looking at a dot on a wall and waiting for knowledge to appear by itself. Insight is said to come from studying dhamma and contemplating it. i think zan is talking about the insights you get in meditation...
by befriend
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Has anyone here experienced any of the stages of insight?
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: Has anyone here experienced any of the stages of insight?

i have experienced from practicing vipassana doing mahasi method, hopefully i was doing it correctly, at times in my meditation everything became putrid and repulsive, good thoughts were disgusting to me, bad thoughts were disgusting to me, sights, sounds etc... that was as deep as i got with insigh...
by befriend
Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:29 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: patience contemplation
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: patience contemplation

this one helped me out too. not sure if its cosmologically accurate. Gods were humans who never turned there backs on eachother despite their blind heartedness.
by befriend
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: patience contemplation
Replies: 1
Views: 274

patience contemplation

who is being insulted? is my nose taking offense to this insult? is my brain? my heart cant hate, all it does is pump blood, what is being insulted? I dont know. this contemplation just wiped out my aversive mind state thought It would be helpful to share it as a tool to use in the future to combat ...

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