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by JamesTheGiant
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: fire, poison & sword
Replies: 13
Views: 1020

Re: fire, poison & sword

salayatananirodha wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:13 pm
ok, please keep that to yourself. i interpret the word of the buddha literally
Ok sorry.
Hey how about we test the sutta in real life?
You clearly have strong faith, so how about you do metta, and I'll come test you with fire, poison, and a sword?
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How do Foreign Meditators/Monks/Nuns access the internet while meditating long-term in Wats Retreats Monasteries?
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: How do Foreign Meditators/Monks/Nuns access the internet while meditating long-term in Wats Retreats Monasteries?

Yeah as Mike said, a data connection on a phone is cheap in Thailand. . BUT I implore you to give the phone or sim-card to someone else for safekeeping, and only check it once a month. It's such a huge distraction. A massive distraction. I can't overstate how distracting the internet is to a meditat...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What do you use?
Replies: 22
Views: 1260

Re: What do you use?

I use mostly anapanasati, with the attitude of Letting Go, Letting Go.
Sometimes I switch to metta, when the mind needs some gladdening.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What do you use?
Replies: 22
Views: 1260

Re: What do you use?

Take your gosh darn arguments elsewhere! Simple question, simple answer!
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth admission would collapse modern science
Replies: 172
Views: 6453

Re: Rebirth admission would collapse modern science

When scientists find something which can not be explained with science it does not lead to collapse!!!....not in the least!!!....on the contrary it really excites scientist to find something they can't explain. Finding things that can't be explained or is not understood is pretty much the entirety ...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: fire, poison & sword
Replies: 13
Views: 1020

Re: fire, poison & sword

Heretic opinion here: The sutta either means something different to what we read it, (maybe the Fire of passion, the Poison of hate, and the Sword of ignorance?) ...or it's just nonsense propaganda like other religions have. Christianity has a thing about god protecting believers from poison snakeb...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Travel Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 742

Re: Travel Advice

James, can you identify source of this statistic? The number of current infections, compared to world population, combined with the low rate of transmission. Currently the rate of increase is about 1.21. Yes eventually millions and millions of people will have the virus, and probably millions will ...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Travel Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 742

Re: Travel Advice

Unfortunately, I just cancelled my tickets and emailed Ajaan DIck. Oh well, maybe next time. Just remember next time, there's ALWAYS something that stops you from going to the monastery or ordaining. Always. I've known people who've met the woman of their dreams a few weeks before leaving to ordain...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Travel Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 742

Re: Travel Advice

Another point is even if you did have the coronavirus, which is astoundingly unlikely, it's good to get it now rather than later because at the moment the hospitals are under no pressure, whereas later there'll be tens of thousands of people cramming every corridor and room in the hospital. Get in e...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Travel Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 742

Re: Travel Advice

Just go! This is mara giving you another reason not to follow the path! If you don't go now, when? Several years away? Because that's how long epidemiologists are saying covid19 will be here for. Right now the actual odds of spreading the virus are vanishingly small, one in several million. Most of ...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?
Replies: 34
Views: 2104

Re: Can we avoid bacterial and virus infections by practicing Metta?

It would be an easy study to do, for a quick research paper. Simple thesis, and easy to set up.
I remember a high school kid did a study on the power of Christian prayer, or healing touch or something, and found it didn't work. Got a lot of media coverage.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm really scared.
Replies: 49
Views: 2956

Re: I'm really scared.

binocular wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:27 pm
Actually, in the case of scrupulosity, intensifying the religious/spiritual practice makes the scruples, the anxiety worse.
How interesting! Is this a proper identified phenomenon in psychology?
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm really scared.
Replies: 49
Views: 2956

Re: I'm really scared.

If you are that scared, you must stop wasting time, and start to practice the dhamma! What are you doing?!
8 precepts, meditation, 8fold path, study, visiting monastery. Go!

Also it might be a good idea to go to the doctor and talk about anxiety.
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Thai Forest Monasteries
Replies: 15
Views: 1680

Re: Thai Forest Monasteries

is it ok to visit thailand during raise in corona virus. im planning for a 1 week trip. will be going to monestry as well as tourist place Very good time to visit! Less tourists, cheaper prices, only small chance of dying. I went to Nepal during riots, fuel shortages, and earthquakes, and it was lo...