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by dharmacorps
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Natural Pest Control
Replies: 13
Views: 202

Re: Natural Pest Control

I also have a few cats in my apartment, which the pigeons don't care about if they see them in the windows or through screen doors. I've had friends say "why not open the door and let nature take its course?" which of course, I wouldn't do because I would consider that fairly close to killing the bi...
by dharmacorps
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 27
Views: 658

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

Vasettha Sutta: 599. The world is enlightened, we ask Gotama, does one become a brahmin by birth or else by actions? We do not know this, enlighten us so that we may know the brahmin. " 600. The Blessed One said: "Vaseññha, I will tell you step by step how it happens, The classification of living th...
by dharmacorps
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: becoming monk
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: becoming monk

The usual rains ordination most Thai men take is 3-4 months I believe. It is good kamma to ordain especially if done out of faith. If you can do it and want to, you should do it. Many of us are unable to ordain even temporarily due to health concerns, mobility, life situation, financial, and family ...
by dharmacorps
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Revulsion
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Revulsion

Your craving was satisfied by smoking the cigarette, resulting in temporary sense pleasure and subsiding of craving. Wait a while and it will return. Far from nibbana, this is what chains you to rebirth. :shrug:
by dharmacorps
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Is alcohol dangerous?
Replies: 7
Views: 149

Re: Is alcohol dangerous?

According to the Washington Post, Americans are dying at record numbers of alcohol related disease and accidents. Approximately 90,000 deaths annually, up 37% from only a few years ago. That is far more deaths than even the rx painkiller epidemic we have (which gets far more media attention). So, to...
by dharmacorps
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Vegetarians and depression
Replies: 21
Views: 391

Re: Vegetarians and depression

Makes you wonder if perhaps it isn't about the diet itself, but personality tendencies of those who are interested in vegetarianism or veganism? Not meant as an insult.
by dharmacorps
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: try to eat more butter
Replies: 8
Views: 195

Re: try to eat more butter

I have been doing the keto diet because it helps with health conditions I have. Butter is good! :)
by dharmacorps
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Why do we have resentment towards the people are very close to us?
Replies: 18
Views: 188

Re: Why do we have resentment towards the people are very close to us?

If you want to get more "far out", it is said that those closest to us-- family members, close friends, children, etc., have been family members, close friends, children in past lives over and over, just in changing roles. If you have that much karma with people, you are going to have a lot of "stuf...
by dharmacorps
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Metta Meditation Help Dying Creatures Attain Higher Rebirths?
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: Does Metta Meditation Help Dying Creatures Attain Higher Rebirths?

I'm not sure this is a sutta based teaching, but I know the Thai Forest tradition teaches that people and other beings can "feel" metta and even know you are sending them metta, specifically if you do it after meditating or with a focused mind. Beyond that, it is skillful means (compassion, kindness...
by dharmacorps
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: AEON Article - Can Buddhist philosophy explain what came before the big bang?
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: AEON Article - Can Buddhist philosophy explain what came before the big bang?

The current possibility is that there have been more than 1 big bangs (innumerable perhaps). The universe contracts and then explodes and expands, then contracts, then expands. :anjali:
by dharmacorps
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Epictectus was a paecca Buddha
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Epictectus was a paecca Buddha

If he was a silent Buddha, then he wouldn't have written or taught, right?
by dharmacorps
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: strange stuff in the sutta
Replies: 9
Views: 193

Re: strange stuff in the sutta

My guess is this stuff may have had some meaning to people at the time of the Buddha or when the canon was composed, but looking at it today, it doesn't make much sense (at least to me). I also can't find any way that it helps my practice so I kind of gloss past it.
by dharmacorps
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Information about Abhidhamma
Replies: 19
Views: 383

Re: Information about Abhidhamma

Depending on what tradition you follow, it is a part of the Pali Canon you don't read :stirthepot:
by dharmacorps
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai forest monasteries in North America
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Thai forest monasteries in North America

The Ajahn Chah tradition is fairly flexible in terms of meditation approach-- meaning there isn't any one set method taught. That surprises people sometimes but its true. As far as the dhammayut approach, there is a little more structure there for meditation. Its worth remembering Ajahn Chah was a s...
by dharmacorps
Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Hand movement during meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 142

Re: Hand movement during meditation

Thanks Sam for posting that. I had never hear of this kind of meditation but it will be helpful to those with mobility issues.