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by dharmacorps
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 24
Views: 415

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

But is this in line with the Dhamma? I believe so, yes. Asking people to abide by general terms of conduct to minimize annoying and disruptive behavior is not asking a lot and seems quite reasonable from a dhammic perspective. The Buddha frequently encouraged his followers to abide by local laws an...
by dharmacorps
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: need helpl pls - from Buddhist Prayers, Mantras
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: need helpl pls - from Buddhist Prayers, Mantras

As others have recommended, please go see a doctor. This is a medical problem, not a spiritual one. Once you are in the care of doctors and being treated, come back and talk to us about how you can integrate dhamma practice with your treatment.
by dharmacorps
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Compassion fatigue
Replies: 19
Views: 236

Re: Compassion fatigue

Ah yes I have heard this term a lot. My wife is a therapist and this is discussed a lot in her circles. From a dhammic perspective, I would recommend equanimity meditation.
by dharmacorps
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?
Replies: 10
Views: 225

Re: Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?

At some point I heard Ajahn Amaro state he changed his name legally to "Ajahn Amaro". I didn't get the impression this is common or anything but his reasoning was that's what people call him anyway so why not.
by dharmacorps
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 32
Views: 736

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

SarathW wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:36 am
I am very fussy with who make the food.
I don't know whether I can ever become a monk.
I think you would have to focus on the kindness of the gesture, and the generosity involved rather than the food itself.
by dharmacorps
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks
Replies: 14
Views: 295

Re: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks

If you have encountered the dhamma in this life, you are very fortunate. If you have some understanding of it, you are even more fortunate. If you are able to practice it, you are extremely fortunate. Most people are lucky enough to just encounter it, so as has been said, this is probably triage. Th...
by dharmacorps
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Natural Pest Control
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: Natural Pest Control

I have a plastic Owl on my balcony which keeps pigeons away, because apparently pigeons are afraid of Owls. Why don't I want pigeons on my balcony? They poop on it and sometimes try to nest there. I don't think it causes any harm, because the pigeons just fly onto another balcony, usually my neighbo...
by dharmacorps
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 32
Views: 736

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

The Monks from Abhayagiri and the Pacific Hermitage both successfully go on almsround in adjacent small towns and have much success. I think the idea required some introduction and explanation by lay followers but once people understood, they became a welcome fixture of the towns. There is one monk ...
by dharmacorps
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?
Replies: 18
Views: 341

Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

I have observed the opposite. Most monks I have seen here are slender if not thin.
by dharmacorps
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Brahmaviharas as a main meditation Practice?
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: Brahmaviharas as a main meditation Practice?

Sole practice of the Brahmavihara's is recognized in the canon as not being the path of the Buddha. The Buddha in a past life taught, promoted and practiced the Brahmavihara's as a sole vehicle, and all that it resulted in was a pleasant next birth, but not freedom from suffering. I'd recommend at l...
by dharmacorps
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known

OK, but none of this information helps you find release from suffering, and is more likely to distract you from the path than keep you on it.

I would recommend speaking to an experienced meditation teacher and sharing your experiences.
by dharmacorps
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Father question
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: Father question

Not sure about other countries, but in the US, if you are a minor, or under a conservatorship/guardianship, you can be required to take medication. In circumstances of the law being broken, you can be hospitalized temporarily. That said, I will repeat my usual refrain on here that the open forum of ...
by dharmacorps
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What drugs were there in Ancient India?
Replies: 16
Views: 378

Re: What drugs were there in Ancient India?

It isn't mentioned anywhere in the Canon, but supposedly opium poppy was known in Northern India at the time of the Buddha. It may not have been widespread as a drug of abuse until later though. There may have been considerable overlap between alcohol containing "medications" and herb/floral contain...
by dharmacorps
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What will be my destination if I die with a desire to attain Nibbana?
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: What will be my destination if I die with a desire to attain Nibbana?

Its not a unskillful desire, but in and of itself it probably won't do anything. Best to cultivate the 8 fold path.
by dharmacorps
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Hell from doing metta?
Replies: 15
Views: 417

Re: Hell from doing metta?

My understanding is that this is about the practice of the brahmavihara's alone, not in conjunction with other practices. The 8 fold path is the way to liberation.