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by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma is everything!
Replies: 76
Views: 731

Re: Karma is everything!

There is some truth to what you say, although saying Kamma is Everything goes a little too far. Kamma is not everything. But it is very important. I see wikipedia says "According to Buddhist teachings, enlightened disciples cannot create any new karma, but they may still be subject to the effects of...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation Centers - Your Experiences?
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Meditation Centers - Your Experiences?

What does the time table look like? 5:00 am Morning meeting – chanting and silent meditation 6:30 am Daily cleanup – chores around the main area of the monastery 7:15 am Breakfast – usually tea and cereal 8:15 am Work period – chores and general maintenance of the monastery 10:45 am Meal offering A...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation Centers - Your Experiences?
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Meditation Centers - Your Experiences?

I much prefer monasteries, and not retreat centers. At a monastery you have a mix of intense solitary meditation, and chores you must bring full mindfulness to, and people you must practise kindness and tolerance with. It's more balanced, you get the opportunity to practise many aspects of the dhamm...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Later texts
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: Later texts

One simple way is to see if they are found in both the Chinese texts and the Pali texts. Because the suttas were taken north to China and translated to Chinese before the 4th century CE, if the teaching is found in both the Pali texts and Chinese agamas, then it is earlier than 4th century. If the t...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: It has been a while
Replies: 1
Views: 101

Re: It has been a while

Welcome back, and congratulations on your Autism. (Am i allowed to say that?)
I know three people with Asbergers and they are so interesting, and they have interesting lives.
Trust me, having a neurotypical brain ain't all that great.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Where can I find the embarrasing questions which were asked of the Bhikkhunis during ordination?
Replies: 10
Views: 267

Re: Where can I find the embarrasing questions which were asked of the Bhikkhunis during ordination?

walrus wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:47 pm
. I think I probably will have to find an actual physical library
You could try contacting Bhante Sujato or Ajahn Brahmali through suttacentral.
Or simply ask this question again on the suttacental forum. They are likely to be able to answer exactly.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Upcara Samadhi and its powers
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: Upcara Samadhi and its powers

They say that with Upcara Samadhi one can hear deva sounds, visualize heavens and Brahma heavens, can visualize hells, various pretas, animals, humans, one can know other people's thoughts and so on. ..... ....So how it is all possible in upcara samadhi which is not even the first jhana? It sounds ...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 18
Views: 369

Re: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:24 pm
Could you ask her (or you) provide more details?
Or give some reference.
Thanks
Use Google. It's a very simple thing to search. CBT success rate compared.
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: accidental pāli translations and unintentional profound Dhamma exclamations
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: accidental pāli translations and unintentional profound Dhamma exclamations

In New Zealand the Māori people have a word "Mana" which means Mana prestige, authority, control, power, influence, status, spiritual power, charisma. Mana is the enduring, indestructible power of the atua and is inherited at birth, the more senior the descent, the greater the mana. The TV news was ...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 18
Views: 369

Re: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path

There's a variant of CBT called MBCT, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
It is even closer to the dhamma than CBT.
It involves proper mindfulness meditation sessions and refers to the teachings of the Buddha.
www.mbct.com
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 18
Views: 369

Re: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path

I would say Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is contained within Buddhism. Although not explicitly. In CBT we are trained to be aware of our thoughts and emotions. This is just mindfulness of mind-states, pure and simple mindfulness. (Cittanupassana?) Then we examine where the mind-states or beliefs ca...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

Virgo wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:51 am
Aside from that, do you feel the Venerable One's advice was good?

Kevin...
Yes, I feel it was good advice. Basically the whole of the dhamma is a depression treatment, especially mindfulness and seeing emotions as objects which come and go. That's almost exactly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

There are useful things in the video. Useful for those who are just mild-to-medium depressed, or in remission. But I feel the Venerable doesn't grasp how paralysing depression or any mental illness can be in its acute phase. When it's utterly impossible to even have a shower or leave the house, let ...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?
Replies: 40
Views: 741

Re: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?

sentinel wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:22 am
Why then the wealthiest person were not from buddhist fellows or wealthiest country not of buddhist nation ?
A similar question that has been asked in the past is "Why are many of the Buddhist countries third-world hellholes of civil war/ oppression/ tropical diseases/ poverty."