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by lostitude
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat
Replies: 13
Views: 484

Re: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat

But they're not going to check, are they? :P For returning students they have a question about "Have you practised Other Techniques" on the online application form, and again when you arrive a paper form with the same questions on it. So you'd have to lie, then sign your name. Twice. :thinking: I s...
by lostitude
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat
Replies: 13
Views: 484

Re: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat

This is part of my concern. If they claim you are forbidden from practicing any other techniques in order to practice this one, then there is no toolbox, no experimentation, no personal development. It's all or nothing. It seems wrong to me. Yes, it's plainly wrong. But if you want to be a regular ...
by lostitude
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Online course for beginners
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: Online course for beginners

It seems that the application deadline for 2019 has already passed, unfortunately.
by lostitude
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Is learning pali really helpful?
Replies: 20
Views: 552

Re: Is learning pali really helpful?

So th debates about the meaning of nimitta and the like are purely scholarly and have no incidence on practice or right view?
If the answer is yes then indeed maybe pali is not such a good investment...
by lostitude
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Is learning pali really helpful?
Replies: 20
Views: 552

Is learning pali really helpful?

Hello, I've been toying with the idea of learning pali, but according to an earlier exchange of this forum, it seems that even people well-versed in pali do not always agree on the meaning of certain terms. So I'm wondering what kind of advantage learning pali gives us, if at the end of the day we u...
by lostitude
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Forgiveness and martial arts training
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: Forgiveness and martial arts training

That sounds just like you :thinking: Case in point. Typical bully behavior right there. Yet you are the one flexing your muscles on pretty much every thread you decide to join. :roll: Coming back to the OP's concern, my 2 cents would be the same thing I replied to santa100, i.e. many people are act...
by lostitude
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Forgiveness and martial arts training
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: Forgiveness and martial arts training

Were you a small frail kid who used to get bullied back in 5th grade? Did you get firsthand experience? Yes I did, so your "argument from authority" doesn't hold. I think I did save the lives of many small frail kids in the same class the day I threw that big bad bully flat on his back. No because ...
by lostitude
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Forgiveness and martial arts training
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: Forgiveness and martial arts training

If that guy was really a bully, then you should've responded with the same exact language that a bully can understand: the same exact pain at the same exact spot, not out of hatred, but out of compassion to save the future victims under his hand. I seriously doubt that would have worked. Many bulli...
by lostitude
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 36
Views: 1191

Re: Is buddhism difficult? Why?

Not a very useful dream, because: 1. That won't happen You don't know that! :tongue: Now, I don't want to go too far off on this tangent other than to reaffirm the validity of what DooDoot stated earlier about the unsuitability of "running" as a metaphor, and that (as per the sutta quote above) it ...
by lostitude
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 36
Views: 1191

Re: Is buddhism difficult? Why?

Hi everyone, Many thanks for your responses, they have all been instructive. A few follow-up questions/remarks though: Imho, I believe there's no such thing as motivation. If you need to motivate yourself it means you don't really want to do it. When you really want something, do you require other's...
by lostitude
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 36
Views: 1191

Re: Is buddhism difficult? Why?

When you run, do you run faster when you are alone or with a group of professional runners? In a group. If the runners are all gathered together to run who will be the most admired and whose advise the most followed? Hopefully me :D The one at the front I guess? In this age, was there one Buddha wh...
by lostitude
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 36
Views: 1191

Is buddhism difficult? Why?

Hello, Faced with my own lack of motivation to practice amidst the constant sources of distraction in my daily life, I often find myself dreaming about having my own personal arahant teacher who would guide me to liberation by simply telling me "now you do this" and "now you do that" and all I'd hav...
by lostitude
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Typing delays
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Typing delays

Thanks everyone, and my apologies for the useless fuss, as I seem to have found the culprit: my Dvorak keyboard that requires additional software, it seems that it doen's work very well on discussion fora. I'll just have to revert to qwerty on this forum.

Thanks!
by lostitude
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Polyamorous relationships
Replies: 39
Views: 1205

Re: Polyamorous relationships

1. If the third precept is about cheating , perhaps people could find amendment so that not to cheat and yet possible to engage in relationships that do not violate it . Eg. A person married with a lawful wife where the law indicated polygamous marriage is not allowed while other wifes whom are not...
by lostitude
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Polyamorous relationships
Replies: 39
Views: 1205

Re: Polyamorous relationships

Does the reverse view have any basis in the Buddha's teachings? That suffering can be reduced by reducing the number of people you are attached to, rather than by reducing the severity of the attachment? Having wise friends and fewer attachments is the ideal. So what matters is the number of attach...