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by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Livelihood
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Right Livelihood

I'm currently in my 2nd year of a biomedical science degree (having returned to university later in life). I haven't fully decided yet but in the future I may go into research. This would mean that I could potentially be killing living beings in order to help people (laboratory animals). Do you thi...
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zombie Pigs
Replies: 15
Views: 209

Re: Zombie Pigs

Dying can be quick or slow and is more of a process than a distinct event. If someone was brought back after a few hours then we could say they really hadn't technically died. Or completely died.
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What Now?
Replies: 16
Views: 404

Re: What Now?

Sounds like you have studied for a long time--wonderful. Maybe you could make a resolution to sit for 45 minutes a day, everyday. Take the precepts every day (recite to yourself). Donate to a monastery. Many of the most dedicated practitioners where I live are 65+.
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jellyfish and Buddha
Replies: 23
Views: 244

Re: Jellyfish and Buddha

The science seems to indicate simply jellyfish don't die from aging alone. They are not immortal, their life cycle just doesn't include specific kinds of death due to aging in the way other animals might. I think you'll have to keep looking to find a biological entity whose existence refutes the Bud...
by dharmacorps
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: Buddha knew all along

I believe they are all tested for physical and mental health (those that man the missile silos and have the responsibility for launching them, when or if needed). I've seen a documentary and 60 Minutes interview with the Soviet Colonel who saved the world back in 1983. The Soviet satellites incorre...
by dharmacorps
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Suffering is vital condition for faith
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Suffering is vital condition for faith

The Buddha taught only "suffering and the end of suffering". If you don't see, understand, or experience suffering (or, claim you don't) then how can you have faith in his teachings?
by dharmacorps
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Amazing drop in BP by visualizing Buddha & chanting 'Budho'
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: Amazing drop in BP by visualizing Buddha & chanting 'Budho'

I don't doubt while in some degree of meditation, you can lower your BP. But because high BP can cause so much disease, its best to get it medically monitored and not trust that your meditation alone can "treat" it.
by dharmacorps
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Doing retreats in other traditions!
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Doing retreats in other traditions!

Consider that many places which charge to hear "dhamma/dharma" teachings, probably aren't teaching real dhamma at all. If they are charging for it, then you have to be on guard. I would try to find a monastery you could live in for a while, volunteer to assist with daily duties, and practice. I know...
by dharmacorps
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 32 parts of body meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 268

Re: 32 parts of body meditation

I've been trying to incorporate this practice into my repertoire. The advice I have gotten is to use the first 5 parts and focus on them in depth. I have found doing all 32 parts sometimes because almost like an anatomical body scan.
by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Buddhist Village
Replies: 17
Views: 318

Re: A Buddhist Village

This happens in a sort of de-facto way around some temples from my limited experience. Many of the neighbors of Abhayagiri for instance are lay supporters who moved there to be of support to the sangha. Not enough for a full almsround to sustain all the monks (its sort of the middle of a sparsely po...
by dharmacorps
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ambivalence
Replies: 40
Views: 654

Re: Ambivalence

But then this is fear-mongering, similar to the threat of hell in monotheism, and I can't imagine my practice thriving in fear and anxiety, to be honest. This sense of urgency seems to contradict the equanimity that buddhism is calling for. Please correct me if I'm wrong. On top of that (and this i...
by dharmacorps
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Improv theater and the 4th precept
Replies: 7
Views: 291

Re: Improv theater and the 4th precept

musavada has a few different translations and interpretations as you can see. At Abhayagiri, this is translated as "false and harmful" speech. I find this translation helpful, primarily because it keeps it simple. It means to me that if you are going to say something, that speech should be true, and...
by dharmacorps
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ambivalence
Replies: 40
Views: 654

Re: Ambivalence

It may be helpful to reflect on the preciousness of human birth; and that death can come at any time. Are you ready to die and be reborn where ever you may go according to your kamma? If not, then there is work left to be done. You've been fortunate enough to be born during a time when the teachings...
by dharmacorps
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and patriotism
Replies: 67
Views: 809

Re: Theravada and patriotism

No Buddhist Sangha in a majority Buddhist country condemns patriotism, but rather encourages it. Love of country or family is fine as long as it Is not perverted into hatred of others, attachment, or grasping. Hopefully, we will expand our ability to love (here meant in its spiritual sense) and to ...
by dharmacorps
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Insomnia
Replies: 17
Views: 1348

Re: Insomnia

I have trouble sleeping too sometimes. I do find it is worse when my daily meditation practice is disrupted or shortened. There are a lot of different possible reasons for insomnia though, so it may be something very individual to you. As others have mentioned, you could review your attachments to s...