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by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Which is the best Ajahn Brahm book for his more recent meditation instructions?
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Re: Which is the best Ajahn Brahm book for his more recent meditation instructions?

There's not one, basically. There are books of stories, and a book of questions and answers, but nothing similar to Mm indfulness Bliss and Beyond. I guess Bear Awareness would be the closest match, which is the book of Questions and Answers from meditators. Listening to his dhamma talks from his 9 ...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Unwholesome Jhananga?
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Unwholesome Jhananga?

Darth Vader had a meditation chamber.... probably some unwholesome jhana going on in there.
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by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?

So Ahahn Braham is his nickname or the stage name? "Tan Chao Khun Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera" is legally called Peter Betts in his passport I believe. Saying a monk's name is a "nickname" or "stage name" is a little insulting. It is the name they were given by their upachaya, when they entered the...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:05 pm
Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?
Not usually. I don't know any monk in Thailand or in my country who has legally changed their name.
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tell me what you know about the commentaries please
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: Tell me what you know about the commentaries please

As i understand it there is pretty much no obvious way to know the origin of commentary that Buddhagosa compiled and the Pali Sutta do not come with footnotes? That's right, it's all lost in the mists of time. Therefore the notes to Sutta on ie ati are from works like VSM? Most of the notes and stu...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
Replies: 10
Views: 267

Re: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright

Alexander wrote: found exactly the same problem with it!
Ha! I think it might be the author himself reading it, not a trained voice actor who would have made it a lot more engaging.
I love audiobooks these days, with my long commute in the car.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known

There's a provocative new theory that's been buzzing in academia about potential advanced ancient civilizations that we may have overlooked : https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/04/are-we-earths-only-civilization/557180/ Remarkable, thank you for that article, fascinating. I take my pr...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?
Replies: 21
Views: 257

Re: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?

SarathW wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:18 am
So it is possible us to be possessed by another power like a devil?
Yes, even Ananda was controlled by Mara, when the Buddha mentioned that he could live a long time if somebody asked him.
Possession is a thing in Buddhism, definitely.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Temple Seating
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: Temple Seating

Yeah the monks are looking at the Buddha's back or quarter profile. The talk was aimed primarily at the other people.
The monks will probably have their eyes closed anyway, listening carefully to everything the Buddha says.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?
Replies: 21
Views: 257

Re: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?

I've been hypnotized, and I've been in first jhana-lite/close to hard jhana. The two are nothing alike. Utterly different. In hypnotism the mind is open, aware of the outside world, relaxed, accepting, flaccid. In Jhana the mind is closed, mostly oblivious of the outside world, focused on one thing,...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
Replies: 10
Views: 267

Re: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright

I got the audiobook of it, and it's a bad audiobook.
The printed book might be good, I don't know. But the audiobook sounds almost like a computer-synthesized voice, and is hard to listen to for any time.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?
Replies: 21
Views: 257

Re: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?

...Why have I not told them?
Because they bring no benefit, no advancement in the Holy Life, and because they do not lead to dispassion, to fading, to ceasing, to stilling, to direct knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbana.
That is why I have not told them.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Buddha body weren't ordinary
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Buddha body weren't ordinary

And? So what?
PLEASE can people stop posting just links, or just quotes, with no comment on why they posted it.
Also, this is in the Meditation sub-forum.
auto wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:39 am
then
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks
Replies: 14
Views: 293

Re: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks

Maybe it's like Triage in a hospital... the people who are in danger get the most attention from doctors.
I dont know, I'm just taking a guess.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dukkha a learned thing?
Replies: 22
Views: 307

Re: Is Dukkha a learned thing?

SarathW wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:02 pm
Is Dukkha a learned thing?
No. Dukkha is one of the three characteristics of existence itself.
It's not learned, it is fundamental to the universe and how beings exist in it.