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by Sprouticus
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The weight of an arm
Replies: 12
Views: 904

Re: The weight of an arm

I notice that I can't tell when I am carrying the full weight of the arm in the arm sling with my neck, when the arm is in the arm sling but I'm still holding up the arm in the shoulder, and when I am actually pulling the arm sling down with the arm (the equivalent of "overbreathing" when watching ...
by Sprouticus
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The weight of an arm
Replies: 12
Views: 904

Re: The weight of an arm

Do you know how much one of your arms weighs? I don't mean in kilograms, but in terms of what it feels like, from the inside of the body, to know when the arm is freely hanging from the shoulder as opposed to when one is actively holding it, carrying it, as it were. So this Wednesday a sickel and I...
by Sprouticus
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Courage in the face of versatility and supremacism regarding the Dharma?
Replies: 90
Views: 4670

Re: Courage in the face of versatility and supremacism regarding the Dharma?

binocular wrote:Nevertheless, this doesn't somehow change the way I think about authoritarian structures and power hierarchies in society.
:anjali:

I'm wondering if this may be something to examine quite deeply in a generic sense.
by Sprouticus
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Dhamma a form of "moral relativism" or "moral absolutism"?
Replies: 42
Views: 2579

Re: Is the Dhamma a form of "moral relativism" or "moral absolutism"?

The Buddha did get angry and rebuke some of his foolish monks and those that broke the rules. I know, we can say the Buddha did so from compassion, wholesomeness, etc but still the rebukes were there as needed. He also told Ven. Nanda that he could have 500 hundred beautiful deva type beings once i...
by Sprouticus
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 40
Views: 3985

Re: How old are you?

47 yrs old.
by Sprouticus
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Can meditation help in skin picking and self harming?
Replies: 1
Views: 436

Re: Can meditation help in skin picking and self harming?

:anjali: Yes, I believe meditation can be helpful. So are things that can occupy the hands. The TLC Foundation website has lots of good information on body-focused repetitive behaviors. This link is to their online store where you can get ideas for "fidgets": https://store.trich.org/category_s/44.htm
by Sprouticus
Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New book from Venerable Analayo
Replies: 8
Views: 2415

Re: New book from Venerable Analayo

:woohoo:

:thanks:
by Sprouticus
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Why one meal a day?
Replies: 675
Views: 101911

Re: One meal a day advice request

zan wrote:
Sprouticus wrote:As far as beds are concerned, a thick comforter on the floor or a platform can be quite serviceable. Rather like the Japanese shikibuton.
shikibuton-mattresses-on-tatami1.jpg
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Interesting, I'll have to give it a go.
:anjali:

Did you ever try sleeping on the floor?
by Sprouticus
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: How did you learn to love reading books?
Replies: 62
Views: 3197

Re: How did you learn to love reading books?

:anjali: The last stanza caught me quite off guard. I had looked at the pictures in the Wikipedia article first, so I had the image of the sweet little bird in my head. My eyes are still tearing up a bit. Thank you for sharing your translations. :heart: Reading, for me, is divided into two main cate...
by Sprouticus
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: How did you learn to love reading books?
Replies: 62
Views: 3197

Re: How did you learn to love reading books?

binocular wrote:
Also, and I haven't thought of this before, I think that the national literature might be specific enough to affect whether someone will love reading or not.
:anjali:

That was why I asked.

The poem is very powerful. I can't imagine being able to work with it in junior high school.
by Sprouticus
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Ohio
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Re: Hello from Ohio

:hello:
by Sprouticus
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: How did you learn to love reading books?
Replies: 62
Views: 3197

Re: How did you learn to love reading books?

The school you attended sounds very rigid and authoritarian. The one I attended was the opposite; although staffed by Catholic nuns, it was very open and forward-thinking and we were always encouraged to question. Then please help me understand something: A school is necessarily an authoritarian in...
by Sprouticus
Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When I was 4/5 years old I had my life visons
Replies: 22
Views: 1545

Re: When I was 4/5 years old I had my life visons

:anjali:

I strongly second Chownah's advice to seek the help of a counselor or other mental health practitioner.

:heart:
by Sprouticus
Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: First Do No Harm
Replies: 83
Views: 5947

Re: First Do No Harm

One of the (many) problems I see with the cited letter, and very often in general discussion, is that many people seem to confuse sex, gender, and sexual orientation. For example, the letter writer seems to think that some trans children really should grow up to be gay and lesbian. Being transgende...
by Sprouticus
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: More IQ = Bad Kamma?
Replies: 18
Views: 1017

Re: More IQ = Bad Kamma?

No_Mind wrote: Those with high IQ will be able to think up more crimes. Is the process of Kamma not tilted against those with high IQ?
:anjali:

While an educated person with a high IQ may find it easier to escape detection, plenty of people commit crimes that make one wonder if they were thinking at all.