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by JamesTheGiant
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness and memory: an experiment: the proof
Replies: 4
Views: 41

Re: Mindfulness and memory: an experiment: the proof

Your post is a little confusing. It's not exactly clear what the two options are. Can you clarify with examples? :namaste:
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What's "Laughing Wisdom" ?
Replies: 5
Views: 121

What's "Laughing Wisdom" ?

Take a certain person who has experiential confidence in the Buddha … the teaching … the Saṅgha … They have laughing wisdom and swift wisdom , and are endowed with freedom. They’ve realized the undefiled freedom of heart and freedom by wisdom in this very life. https://suttacentral.net/sn55.24/en/s...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Donate to a real buddhist monastery from home?
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Donate to a real buddhist monastery from home?

I don't have any experience with donating to a monastery in southeast Asia, because I like to donate to monasteries in my home country. They need the money more, because there aren't many Buddhists in my country to give them money.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: silly question
Replies: 5
Views: 228

Re: silly question

The English dictionaries are correct. But if you cannot stop completely, then reducing is better than indulging.
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna
Replies: 43
Views: 696

Re: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna

That's a super title, clever and interesting!
:thumbsup: :anjali:
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Next Emperor
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: The Next Emperor

polo wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:29 am
James, you mean this is a true story in China? I would be surprised if it was a true story.
No, I'm not serious, it's completely made up. Equally as made up as the original story of the Emperor and the Seeds.
Moral stories like that make me feel a little sick sometimes though.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Gentle non-mobile meditation timer (battery operated)?
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: Gentle non-mobile meditation timer (battery operated)?

When I'm hiking I use a simple digital wristwatch alarm. Although it's just beeping, it's such a tiny noise so it doesn't jarr or startle.
I also have an expensive Enso Pearl, which is my home-meditation chime. It's nice but pricey. I was given it as a gift.
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Next Emperor
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: The Next Emperor

And that is the story of how the courtiers of Shan Guo came to have all their children executed for lying to the Emperor. :tongue: And how the son of a gardener, honest but completely unsuited to statecraft, became a weak Emperor, who led the empire into a disastrous conflict with her northern neigh...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings to everyone
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: Greetings to everyone

Welcome! Nice to meet you. I know two monks who have schizophrenia, so you're not alone in that regard.
InsightVision wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:47 pm
But I do practice Metta meditation...
You know metta can be the main practise? It can take you all the way to jhanas and more.
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: They're paying me to meditate
Replies: 13
Views: 524

Re: They're paying me to meditate

Here I stand, for ten hours a day, with my STOP / GO sign. Just as a skilled STOP/GO sign-turner or his apprentice, when making a long turn, discerns, 'I am making a long turn,' or when making a short turn discerns, 'I am making a short turn'; in the same way the monk, when breathing in long, disce...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Complete Patimokkha Chant in Pali PDF, anyone?
Replies: 14
Views: 520

Re: Complete Patimokkha Chant in Pali PDF, anyone?

:anjali: Holylotus, I suggest you don't start with a huge task like the pātimokkha, which will take a very long time to memorize, and isn't vitally relevant for laypeople in daily life. Better to start by memorizing the Dhammapada. Or some of the more important suttas. The Dhammapada is great becau...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 800

Re: A reason for lying

His whole relationship with the barber is based on deception, on pretending to be someone he is not. Insanity. It might be that one committed to truth cannot interact with others without having the reputation of being set apart and somewhat aloof, even as a lay Buddhist intent on keeping precepts. Y...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?

One problem is, it's impossible to tell what things are happening because of kamma, and what things are happening because of accident, etc.
The Buddha said not everything happens because of kamma, it's just one factor.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: OMAD one meal a day, sense restraint Kito- ease?
Replies: 4
Views: 175

Re: OMAD one meal a day, sense restraint Kito- ease?

, have any of you tried following the ideas of high fat, moderate protein low carbhs? Yes I've eaten the Keto way. Less than 20g carbs per day, lots of vegetables and healthy fats and protein. I lost a ton of weight. I was doing it for weight loss, what's your purpose? It requires close tracking of...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi Noting for main practice
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: Mahasi Noting for main practice

It's possible only if you don't do any task that requires close attention and thought.
But for a weekend where you don't need to do anything difficult, sure.