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by JamesTheGiant
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: A section for people leaving Buddhism
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: A section for people leaving Buddhism

I don't know what that would look like.
Could you give two or three examples of topic Titles or Subject lines which might be in a subforum like that? :namaste:
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Finding a Jhana retreat in Asia?
Replies: 7
Views: 167

Re: Finding a Jhana retreat in Asia?

Ah, yes. If you already have encounters with spirits and demons, doing a jhana retreat is almost guaranteed to intensify that, and bring more.
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Finding a Jhana retreat in Asia?
Replies: 7
Views: 167

Re: Finding a Jhana retreat in Asia?

Pa Auk?
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?
Replies: 20
Views: 259

Re: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?

Complete superstitious nonsense. Where did you hear this?
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: ⛔ABRJ (Ajahn Brahm Re-definition of Jhāna) compared to ✅☸EBT jhāna
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: ⛔ABRJ (Ajahn Brahm Re-definition of Jhāna) compared to ✅☸EBT jhāna

It's really quite shocking that those claims are tolerated at all. Yes, what we need in this world is less tolerance. That'll fix things. Maybe a central authority that has the power to censor dissidents, maybe a few excommunications or imprisonment. Shall we use the noose, or a stake and bonfire?
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: ⛔ABRJ (Ajahn Brahm Re-definition of Jhāna) compared to ✅☸EBT jhāna
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: ⛔ABRJ (Ajahn Brahm Re-definition of Jhāna) compared to ✅☸EBT jhāna

Ajahn Brahm's jhana is as described in the Visuddhimagga. It's not Ajahn Brahm's redefinition, it was defined that way more than one thousand years ago. Your argument is not original, and has been discussed many times on this forum. Also, he speaks from his personal experience of jhana. Do you speak...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Minimum size of the Organism we should care about.
Replies: 12
Views: 166

Re: Minimum size of the Organism we should care about.

SarathW wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:00 am
Only requirement as per Buddhist teaching is to be mindful of your action.
No, that's quite wrong. There are also requirements to follow the precepts, and follow the 8 ways of living (eightfold path).

Just mindfulness is not what the Buddha taught.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom and compassion
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Wisdom and compassion

befriend wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:12 am
... or chants the metta sutta for an hour ...
That would be like chanting a cookbook recipe for an hour. The cake will not be baked.
You have to follow the instructions in the cookbook, not just chant it!
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the object of meditation to give up the memories and thoughts of the lay life?
Replies: 11
Views: 216

Re: Is the object of meditation to give up the memories and thoughts of the lay life?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:52 am
Is the object of meditation to give up the memories and thoughts of the lay life?
No. It is one of the things that happens, but it is not the purpose.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What was your logic to have faith in the Dhamma?
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: What was your logic to have faith in the Dhamma?

For me it was just that I felt better when I was meditating and around monks and other dhamma people. The faith just gradually grew. Until I had a most amazing experience where my sense of self was extinguished temporarily, and suddenly there was no more doubt about the Buddha's teachings. Then ther...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: unusual experiences: the giant?
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: unusual experiences: the giant?

My first thought is of experiences that some meditators have had on retreats, when they felt things like that... It turned out to be some kind of mental construct brought on by too much imagination and perhaps a little mental instability. I'm not saying your experience is due to that, but in the cas...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sitters Practice--nesajjik'anga
Replies: 6
Views: 138

Re: Sitters Practice--nesajjik'anga

I did this regularly for a year or so, when I was forced to by the monasteries I was staying at. Usually it was about once a month on the full moon. it involved staying up all night and not laying down and just meditating sitting or walking until the next day. For me it was completely pointless and ...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Possibility of ordination?
Replies: 17
Views: 485

Re: Possibility of ordination?

It is no problem to be trans and ordained. The only issue you will run into is finding a suitable monastary that will accept you and support you in your aspirations of ordaining as a monk. No, Ben is transman. Was biologically a woman, now identifying as male. No matter how supportive of LGBTQ+ peo...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Proper way of offering dana to monks?
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Re: Proper way of offering dana to monks?

Don't offer money. You'll put the monk in an awkward position of having to decide whether to break his rules by accepting it. If he's far away you can ask the monk if he needs anything, and send it to him. Monks need to be asked, before they can say they need something. If you are there in person, o...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Possibility of ordination?
Replies: 17
Views: 485

Re: Possibility of ordination?

If you don't have testicles, you can't ordain as a monk. Unfortunately that's a very simple and strict rule. It is covered under the questions asked during the ordination ceremony. Technically you could ordain as just a Novice, (Samanera) and not move on to full monk (Bhikkhu), but I don't know of a...