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by Ryan95227
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Concept of Rebirth confuses me
Replies: 23
Views: 1181

Concept of Rebirth confuses me

I 100% believe in rebirth but the concept that always gets to me is that the only memory that I have is my current self. To simplify this more, the only "experience of suffering" I seemed to have experienced has only happened in this current life it seems. If I truly lived through eons and eons of b...
by Ryan95227
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Tired of the meaningless cycle in modern life (RANT)
Replies: 17
Views: 10219

Re: Tired of the meaningless cycle in modern life (RANT)

cappuccino wrote: Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:47 am
Ryan95227 wrote: Right now, If I truly wanted stream-entry wouldn't I have meditated during all my free time? It's really hard to do that in lay life it seems.
just understand one thing


dependent origination


then you're fine
Thank I'll take a look
by Ryan95227
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Tired of the meaningless cycle in modern life (RANT)
Replies: 17
Views: 10219

Re: Tired of the meaningless cycle in modern life (RANT)

worrying that my own decision to end employment and join ordination would harm the peaceful livelihood of my family. ... The reason for this is that my father was recently diagnosed with a possible stage 4 colon cancer. He's withering away and losing weight very fast Hi Ry. Who exactly are your "fa...
by Ryan95227
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Tired of the meaningless cycle in modern life (RANT)
Replies: 17
Views: 10219

Tired of the meaningless cycle in modern life (RANT)

Everyday, I work at a job that I feel neutral about, easily spending 10+ hours a day in front of the comp. I come back home and I feel too tired to practice 1+ hour or study the dhamma. I've been feeling this hopelessness for about 3 years now, worrying that my own decision to end employment and joi...
by Ryan95227
Sun May 03, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Sense restraint
Replies: 18
Views: 14293

Re: Sense restraint

Hello, I have recently discovered that the Buddha was right about sensual pleasures. They are harmful. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on practicing sense restraint? How should I avoid watching television? How do I stay in one room all day? Thank you for listening. i tried everything. The on...
by Ryan95227
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 156
Views: 10402

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

It's pretty much best to not engage in lying, playing video games, or any forms of pleasure you think is distracting. It's real hard to work, meditate, and study dhamma all day everyday. That would be like a monk lifestyle which is really hard to pull off. But hey you need to sacrifice a lot and wor...
by Ryan95227
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 156
Views: 10402

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

You're thinking really hard about this. His main takeaway was to always skillfully react. You can't just lie and say there's no jews here or say there's a jew that's inside there. Both leads to suffering. How do you skillfully act in a way that prevents the least amount of suffering? Its you who is...
by Ryan95227
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 156
Views: 10402

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

The bhikku said "Feel free to search my house, I have nothing shameful to hide here" The bhikkhu appears to be merely fantasizing. Regardless, the bhikkhu never lied nor sought to protect what was hidden. However, the bhikkhu took a political position and subjected the Sangha & Dhamma to possible d...
by Ryan95227
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 156
Views: 10402

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

You essentially lie if you say the otherwise. How would you skillfully word your response? Best to chose another, more skillful, example. There were no Theravada Buddhists in Eastern Europe hiding Communist Jews from Fascist Nazis. Its not the sacred duty of Buddhists to protect Jewish people when ...
by Ryan95227
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 156
Views: 10402

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

there is no definition of lie. dont get caught in self constructed phycological structure in to absolute insanity a lie is a lie no matter how much you want to disagree. Take Thanissaro Bhikku's skillful way of dealing with a difficult situation. What would you do if Nazi soldiers interrogated on w...
by Ryan95227
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 156
Views: 10402

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

lie is debatable. lie based on compassion leads to well being. lie based on deceiving leads to evil states. if a monk says to kids in house buring in fire to come out they wont come. but if he says there is cholcate outside, kids come out but there wont be any chocalate but kids saved. so he lied a...
by Ryan95227
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 467
Views: 124078

Re: Coronavirus?

Based on your estimate of 45 million infected, if this were corona virus instead of regular flu. That would be 450,000 deaths in the most conservative range. Since this seems even more infectious, scientists are saying that 90+ million americans will eventually get the virus that means millions of p...
by Ryan95227
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Sense restraint question
Replies: 6
Views: 1583

Sense restraint question

For many years, I've struggled with the concept of sense restraint. In one situation, you can say that you can enjoy the pleasures of life such as watching movie, going out with your friend, playing some games, and enjoying some gourment. On other hand, you have to just completely cut off all sensua...
by Ryan95227
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 5242

Re: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli

Thoughts? Again, why I don't hear anything about such thing as Gradual Practice, which is there in many suttas? I really don't understand why buddhists keep ignoring it, especially those who teach Dhamma. This topic just cannot be ignored when talking about practice, and especially so, when talking...
by Ryan95227
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Quote from Mahasi Sayadaw
Replies: 17
Views: 4749

Re: Quote from Mahasi Sayadaw

Yes, I have had similar experiences. In meditation, I have experienced my body disappear, and the insight of impermanence has grown stronger. I shared this in a recent discussion on impermanence: For a while I have been experiencing tangible things in my life as if they were like dry sand slipping ...