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by xofz
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Persistent thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 556

Re: Persistent thoughts

Do not worry about the persistent thoughts. See how long they last; it can be a sign of increased concentration. See how long we can make the persistent thoughts last for and when we are finally finished, be happy we did not speak or act on them.
by xofz
Sun May 12, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gender Equality Poll
Replies: 55
Views: 2401

Re: Gender Equality Poll

In terms of existence and getting things done, there is no greater motivation than a woman. I voted them superior for that reason. If one wishes to sidestep existence entirely, then of course a male exposed to Buddha early would be best.
by xofz
Fri May 03, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abortion poll
Replies: 64
Views: 4502

Re: Abortion poll

I personally believe abortion is acceptable up until early-to-mid second trimester, when the fetus begins to animate. Animation is the best definition for when life truly begins. If your fetus has animated, you must now bring it to term and put it up for adoption.
by xofz
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Everything happens for a reason
Replies: 23
Views: 750

Re: Everything happens for a reason

Ultimately, we are sacks of meat getting off on sensual pleasures. Naught but kamma exists -- it only feels intentional if there was intention behind the original act. The Buddha urged us to consider that perhaps sensual pleasures are not good enough. Life gets impossibly difficult or unbearable at ...
by xofz
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Sotapanna have the fear of death?
Replies: 43
Views: 1506

Re: Does Sotapanna have the fear of death?

Stream-entrants still have fear of death, because they feel it is a passive overtaking of the body. Anagami have learned that the secret is not to passively accept death, but to give it hell. Mindfulness of the bodily presence is necessary to fight death. When it is time to go we won't be there for ...
by xofz
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thoughts On Goal Setting and Manifestations
Replies: 11
Views: 490

Re: Thoughts On Goal Setting and Manifestations

Keep that good heart. Life is a balancing act that can make us feel truly miserable at times, but if we keep even a small sense of positivity or make the slightest bit of effort toward a positive outlook, the balance can be maintained. As a coach, being able to pivot one's frame of reference around ...
by xofz
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I am a day and a half away from ordination in Thailand :)
Replies: 20
Views: 1349

Re: I am a day and a half away from ordination in Thailand :)

This will be fast progress. Remember, as a monk one is considered to be holy (and one might feel pressured to teach). Other than the reverence (and occasional outright worship), the life of a monk is quite pleasurable (or so this one has heard).
by xofz
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's happening to me. Help please!
Replies: 32
Views: 1736

Re: What's happening to me. Help please!

The meditation just makes the past kamma come up quick instead of slow. We seek to end the past kamma and arrive at present-moment kamma only. Patient forbearance is required and if one can maintain a heart of good will or even begin to barely develop one during such times, the merit is supreme. Lau...
by xofz
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: US interest in meditation jumps
Replies: 6
Views: 1113

Re: US interest in meditation jumps

Meditation is so attractive while under the influence of drugs.

I wish I could be more like Buddha and meditate more while sober.
by xofz
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Understanding Panic attack.
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: Understanding Panic attack.

Goal should be samadhi. Enough time spent in samadhi can cure all kinds of issues.
by xofz
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the arahants ?
Replies: 46
Views: 2389

Re: Where are the arahants ?

We can all be our own arhat. The teachings are the most blindingly obvious aspects of life. Back to contentment with how things are and a little inner practice. Peace is the path.
by xofz
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: I give up
Replies: 42
Views: 2754

Re: I give up

Next time there is a peaceful time, go for samadhi. It's a greater peace than deep sleep and can last for a long time. Conditions must be ripe for samadhi; when they do arise, best not to waste them on trivial sense pleasures.
by xofz
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha Permanently Dwell in Nibbana or was In-and-Out
Replies: 121
Views: 8467

Re: Did Buddha Permanently Dwell in Nibbana or was In-and-Out

I'm happy with all interpretations of Nibbana. Please, don't suffer. If we speak from a heart of good-will maybe we will be happy (hopefully not *too* happy).
by xofz
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 4984

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

Tobacco should be avoided. Nicotine vape pens are ok.