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by befriend
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 30
Views: 274

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

In Buddhism I think kamma vipaka is incredibly similar to the Christian notion of a monotheistic father in heaven who's wrath is felt by the wicked and the virtuous people are protected and recipients of his generosity.
by befriend
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Your Practice Schedule/Technique?
Replies: 16
Views: 309

Re: What is Your Practice Schedule/Technique?

Interesting you guys who are backing off of meditation. I feel the answer to how often you should meditate is - as much as possible. But obviously, real life often intervenes. you may or may not become enlightened from meditating but if you focus on sila and Dana you will become a good person it's ...
by befriend
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dana question
Replies: 8
Views: 151

Re: Dana question

When you give with an altruistic mind there is renunciation because your letting go of a possession there is metta because it's intending to make someone happy but I'm not sure how wisdom fits in?
by befriend
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dana question
Replies: 8
Views: 151

Dana question

Are renunciation, kindness and wisdom present in the act of charitable giving?
by befriend
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pathologizing aversion?
Replies: 7
Views: 222

Re: Pathologizing aversion?

Greetings, Is regarding aversion as "anxiety", "phobia" etc. a means of pathologizing aversion, and thereby leading people to seek remedies to such things in the realm of modern psychology and psychiatry, rather than in the traditional domains of religion & philosophy? If so...
by befriend
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)
Replies: 48
Views: 3718

Re: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)

I can't find it not sure the spelling
by befriend
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)
Replies: 48
Views: 3718

Re: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)

There is a Pali word akatata which means because one has not done I will look it up and see what it means in depth
by befriend
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Theory of uprooting defilements
Replies: 12
Views: 361

Re: Theory of uprooting defilements

Thank you
by befriend
Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)
Replies: 48
Views: 3718

Re: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)

Shouldn't it be obvious when you understand volition is kamma? The action or consequences of doesn't matter, just intention. Kamma and vipaka is not based Soley on volition Hindu ascetics bury themselves in sand and people sacrifice animals with good intention but it is mixed with confusion and wil...
by befriend
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good religions
Replies: 15
Views: 252

Re: Good religions

Thanks lucas
by befriend
Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Theory of uprooting defilements
Replies: 12
Views: 361

Theory of uprooting defilements

When I do vipassana for a long time often defilements get stirred up afterwards is this how meditation works? You observe the rising and falling of the abdominal movements then this causes the defilements to come up then you do what with them? Note the emotion then See which of the three feeling ton...
by befriend
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good religions
Replies: 15
Views: 252

Good religions

Did the Buddha say that if a religion increases good qualities and decreases negative qualities it is beneficial? I think there is a sutta that says something about this anyone know the one?
by befriend
Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szazs
Replies: 12
Views: 290

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: 1208

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: 243

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: 236

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: 2964

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: 292

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: 2223

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: 324

Re: Support in following the 8 precepts

In the course of Buddhist history has there ever been an 8 precept community of practitioners?

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