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by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A big problem . .
Replies: 13
Views: 99

Re: A big problem . .

There are quite a few Buddhist and meditation groups in your country. Do you live in a tiny town or country area?
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Drowsiness
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Re: Drowsiness

Drowsiness is one of the five classic hindrances. At this link there's an article giving some good quotes from the Buddha, about the antidotes to drowsiness. https://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/waking-up-from-the-hindrance-of-sloth-and-torpor My solution was to do a lot more walking meditatio...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1071

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

Absolutely!
Time and time again, I've only realized the meaning of a sutta after experiencing what it talks about.
That's why reading and re-reading a few years later is so useful.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What advice would you have given yourself when you began meditating?
Replies: 7
Views: 352

Re: What advice would you have given yourself when you began meditating?

I would have told my forceful, intense younger self to
Relax, let go.
Relax, let go.

Relax, let go!
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Should Buddhists teach Abhidhamma cosmology at the present time? Do Buddhists believe in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 34
Views: 949

Re: Should Buddhists teach Abhidhamma cosmology at the present time? Do Buddhists believe in Buddhist cosmology?

Should Buddhist cosmology be taught today? No, because it has been shown to be false. A kid with a $50 telescope can disprove some of it.

Change your beliefs to fit observations.

It's so hard for some people to accept that some of the teachings may be wrong. Why?
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can you become enlightened without meditating?Does meditation make your memory worse?
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Can you become enlightened without meditating?Does meditation make your memory worse?

In the 10 minutes after meditation it makes my memory worse. But after the 10 minutes my memory is much much better, and my mind works clearly and smoothly.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Is Sotapanna a fixed state?
Replies: 48
Views: 1093

Re: Sotapanna is not a fixed state!!

Sarath, you must be very careful not to misrepresent the teachings of bhikkhus.
In this case you have misunderstood the sotapanna vs sotapatti magga nana thing, and said the teacher teaches a thing he does not.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Is Sotapanna a fixed state?
Replies: 48
Views: 1093

Re: Sotapanna is not a fixed state!!

Sarath, you should stop listening to this bhikkhu. He may be a good speaker, but he is plainly wrong. Sotapanna is not a fixed state!! In the following video Ven. Vijithananda argues that Sotapanna is not a fixed state. You are a Sotapanna only when you practice Staipathana correctly(Pajanati) and i...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What alphabet did the earliest written Pali texts use?
Replies: 4
Views: 725

Re: What alphabet did the earliest written Pali texts use?

If you ever visit the National Museum in New Delhi, there is a very interesting display of written languages, from the earliest times until today. The writing of maghada was on there I'm sure, whatever it was. (Sorry i can't remember!)
They also have actual relic bones of the Buddha, just so amazing.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 66
Views: 2419

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

Thanks for that Lucas. My friend is Venerable Akaliko, and he reported just a few hours ago that they evacuated Santi Monastery. The fire is still some distance away, but better to be safe than sorry. It's unfortunate that the best places for forest monasteries in Australia are also the worst places...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Laniakea supercluster
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Laniakea supercluster

Wow I've never seen those flow paths before. Seen the supercluster map, but the flow directions are new to me.
So big!
I like the bigness. It makes my problems seem smaller.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days
Replies: 66
Views: 2419

Re: Monastery may be destroyed by fire in the next few days

Here's an interesting post from Ajahn Tiradhammo reflecting on his experience of the fire. Lucky they remembered the chainsaw during the evacuation, otherwise they could have been trapped and killed. December 2019 Greetings from burnt-over Wat Buddha Dhamma, 10 Mile Hollow, Wisemans Ferry, NSW 2775,...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Tip of the nose
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Tip of the nose

" Parimukham " is the word they're translating as Tip-of-the-nose, but the literal translation is “in front of the face,” or “above [pari] the mouth [mukha]” You can use the tip of the nose, or the nostrils, or the bit above the lip and below the nose. But the important thing is to be aware of sensa...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Akashad wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:46 pm
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I am just wondering are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days.
That's a Jewish observance, isn't it? I've heard Jewish people aren't supposed to even dial a telephone or push a button on the sabbath, since that's counted as work.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: Are you allowed to work or study during uposatha days?

Yes, work and study are ok.
The uposatha observance is just the 8 precepts. Plus other traditional extra things like wearing white, meditating, listening to teachings, and visiting a temple.
But the main thing is the 8 precepts.