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by Bodhisurfer
Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 421
Views: 77129

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Right its nearly the start of the 'New Year' its also my birthday... all good times for reflection :smile: having seen this thread and knowing what i know about myself I'm going for (initially) 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes of Metta in the evening :heart: and I'm going to turn this comput...
by Bodhisurfer
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Recreational Use of Cannabis
Replies: 25
Views: 3529

Re: Recreational Use of Cannabis

drug taking has been around a long long time and many cultures/religions promote its use. In Buddhism we dont. Like many people I experimented with most kinds of drugs and alcohol -my experience was that while sometimes they can be a source of temporary 'fun' more often than not they lead to sufferi...
by Bodhisurfer
Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: S. N. Goenka (1924-2013) and his legacy
Replies: 22
Views: 6832

Re: S. N. Goenka (1924-2013) and his legacy

I just heard of his death yesterday. A truly great man and a sad loss. I have been so impressed and inspired by his almost 'secular' approach to vipassana. His organisations dana based approach to funding its courses I took this from the Huffington Post this morning 'Indeed, the very notion that med...
by Bodhisurfer
Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Authoritarianism And Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 796

Re: Authoritarianism And Buddhism

chownah wrote:Question authority.

ALL authority?

Yes, ALL authority.

chownah
:thumbsup: with you on this one :goodpost:
by Bodhisurfer
Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should Wives Be Obedient?
Replies: 91
Views: 7537

Re: Should Wives Be Obedient?

firstly I must admit to not having read this thread in its entirety -just a few pages at the start and a few at the end so my apologies if I have missed some important points or if I am repeating what has already been said. I agree with the poster who says that the real question here is what do we d...
by Bodhisurfer
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The importance of Sobriety for advancing on the Path.
Replies: 21
Views: 2677

Re: The importance of Sobriety for advancing on the Path.

I have been sober for nearly 20 years now and drug free for maybe 10. I stopped drinking when i realised i was developing a problem and after several failed attempts at controlling my consumption. I carried on taking drugs (marijuana, MDMA and tobacco) mainly at weekends, parties and festivals for s...
by Bodhisurfer
Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 356
Views: 43454

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

I came to see it on my own insight as part of the second precept and I made the choice on my own to make sure I do not do it anymore. Over the years I've downloaded or copied my share of movies, music, and video games, and the older i've gotten and further along in my development, I have come to th...
by Bodhisurfer
Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can't Give Up Christmas?
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: Can't Give Up Christmas?

I thought the 'Want Less' bumper stiCker was good -But now i want one :thinking:
and the 'christian/Buddhist' stiCker certainly had me confused :shrug:
by Bodhisurfer
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it against the dhamma to protect yourself and others ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1265

Re: Is it against the dhamma to protect yourself and others ?

"He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who harbor such thoughts do not still their hatred" Dhp 3 violence is a very poor way of defending yourself. Far better to be building links with the broader muslim community and thus deprive the more extreme elements of their supp...
by Bodhisurfer
Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi All! I am from Sri Lanka
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: Hi All! I am from Sri Lanka

:thumbsup: Hiya :smile:
by Bodhisurfer
Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Why wasn't the Buddha's head shaved?
Replies: 16
Views: 6934

Re: Why wasn't the Buddha's head shaved?

I thought the 'curls' on the head of the Buddha as depicted on the many statues were snails. I'm sure I read a story somewhere that while the Buddha was meditating in the shade and the sun moved and as a result he was now in full sun so all the snails came and covered his head to protect him from s...
by Bodhisurfer
Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Why wasn't the Buddha's head shaved?
Replies: 16
Views: 6934

Re: Why wasn't the Buddha's head shaved?

I thought the 'curls' on the head of the Buddha as depicted on the many statues were snails. I'm sure I read a story somewhere that while the Buddha was meditating in the shade and the sun moved and as a result he was now in full sun so all the snails came and covered his head to protect him from su...
by Bodhisurfer
Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine
Replies: 54
Views: 4510

Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

That monk who encouraged all of that, he is pissing on everything Buddhism is about. :goodpost: :buddha1: wether the structure was authorised or not -leading a mob to tear it down is not Dhamma. the question of wether Muslims would allow Buddhist staues, monastarys, temples etc may well say somethi...
by Bodhisurfer
Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self-Defence
Replies: 27
Views: 4095

Re: Self-Defence

I've been learning and practising various martial arts for many yearsnow -I currently train in BJJ which is a very effective martial art. It does have limitations for example It doesnt deal particularly well with multiple opponents. However I've always thought this to be particularly true: ""Monks, ...
by Bodhisurfer
Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Buddhism for Tough Guys
Replies: 36
Views: 3935

Re: Buddhism for Tough Guys

Monkey Mind wrote:I can't get the link for the BFD blog to work. Anyone else having this problem?
it worked the other week but i cant make it work now either
by Bodhisurfer
Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Buddhism for Tough Guys
Replies: 36
Views: 3935

Re: Buddhism for Tough Guys

I hope that you are right Tilt. I suspect that you may not be. Or it might simply be humour that doesnt travel... This side of the Atlantic just the use of the word " dude" means that many readers assume that the user has to use their forefinger to read. I'm in Cornwall the surfing capital of the U...
by Bodhisurfer
Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:06 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monk uses vehicle?
Replies: 13
Views: 3331

Re: Monk uses vehicle?

whynotme wrote:Dear all,

If I remember correctly, there is a rule doesn't allow monks to use vehicles. If it is true, then how could monks travel great distance?

Regards.
I dont know that there is such a rule in the Vinaya, perhaps one of the monks on here would know more.
by Bodhisurfer
Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: kamma nimitta and those from other schools/religions
Replies: 5
Views: 801

Re: kamma nimitta and those from other schools/religions

As I cannot ever really know wether those experiences are 'real' or not, I dont tend to dwell on them. If pushed I would guess that they are what people would like to believe will happen at the moment of death. Come to think of it, I dont think I've ever heard any of those stories where 'good old un...
by Bodhisurfer
Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 405
Views: 10084

Re: Is it ever O.K. to lie?

... There are no prohibitions in Buddhism. There are however wise choices when it comes to your thought, speech and actions, with particular consequences as a result, that you must be prepared to live with. :namaste: With metta Matheesha I agree with Matheesha :thumbsup: I dont see the use of the w...
by Bodhisurfer
Sat Jun 04, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How Insistent Are You in Observing Your Fifth Precept?
Replies: 60
Views: 7745

Re: How Insistent Are You in Observing Your Fifth Precept?

Maybe it would perhaps be better if you could also tell (if it's convenient for you) why you choose a certain option (e.g. A or F), any problem that you face with your choice of option and how you respond (if you did) to that problem... sorry missed that bit out.. I find people are initially supris...