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by massara
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stream enterers and sexual desire
Replies: 7
Views: 857

Re: Stream enterers and sexual desire

In my opinion, becoming a sotapanna doesn`t necessarily reduces sexual desire. A sotapanna still have sexual desire but he/she will not go to extremes such as raping someone, cheating his/her partner, abusing children and so on. This kind of person is unable to do anything that leads to rebirth in t...
by massara
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: about the 5th precept
Replies: 41
Views: 2446

Re: about the 5th precept

Well, if you want to drink, have hallucinations and enjoy sensual pleasures, go ahead and tell us how you intend to reach at least Anagami stage... If all you want is just to live a better and peaceful life, that`s fine, but if what you want is to reach Nibbana, then you must follow the 5th precept ...
by massara
Wed May 24, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination with Ajahn Brahm at BSWA, Perth
Replies: 34
Views: 1996

Re: Ordination with Ajahn Brahm at BSWA, Perth

Thank you so much for your kind reply Bhante :) Just a side question: I find it very difficult to control my sexual desire as a layman. I do not have any partner so it is like an agreed occasional sex with someone in need as well. I feel quite guilty and stressed about this as I have faith to go fo...
by massara
Mon May 22, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Buddho Mantra
Replies: 17
Views: 2556

Re: Buddho Mantra

Thank you Jetavan, then I think I will use Bud-dha, unless someone can give me a good reason not to. You can use whatever word you prefer, if it calms the mind, then it`s ok. Buddho is not a magical word, it`s just a trick that we use to prevent the mind from thinking about this or that. :thumbsup:
by massara
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 40
Views: 2860

Re: How old are you?

I am 33. :thumbsup:
by massara
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Luang Por Liem in Brazil !!!
Replies: 15
Views: 2178

Re: Luang Por Liem in Brazil !!!

Here are some pictures of Luang Po Liem and other monks taken today in Rio de Janeiro.
by massara
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Luang Por Liem in Brazil !!!
Replies: 15
Views: 2178

Re: Luang Por Liem in Brazil !!!

Here are some pictures of Luang Po Liem and other monks taken today in Rio de Janeiro.
by massara
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Luang Por Liem in Brazil !!!
Replies: 15
Views: 2178

Re: Luang Por Liem in Brazil !!!

Here are some pictures of Luang Po Liem and other monks taken today in Rio de Janeiro.
by massara
Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How many of you are solitary Buddhists?
Replies: 41
Views: 2787

Re: How many of you are solitary Buddhists?

Well, I consider myself as a solitary buddhist, not because I want, but because I live in a city located in the confines of the Amazon RainForest in Brazil. People from this region are mostly Christian and many of them never heard a thing about Buddhism. So, there`s nothing!!! No temple, no monks, n...
by massara
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going to heaven and ending up in hell (Is kamma really this cruel?)
Replies: 48
Views: 1941

Re: Going to heaven and ending up in hell (Is kamma really this cruel?)

Samsara is just like this. It cannot provide true happiness nor certainty of any kind. Kamma is just an intentional action that when conditions arise, the result takes place. It`s not about justice or injustice, only action and reaction. Jhana doesn`t necessarily saves you from the lower realms, onl...
by massara
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Patricide?
Replies: 8
Views: 414

Re: Patricide?

Hello to all, My father suffered a cardiac arrest that he did not survive from a couple years ago. When at the hospital the doctors performed CPR for an hour or so with his heartbeat coming back once in a while. Later, the main doctor would tell me that they have tried everything to resuscitate him...
by massara
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?
Replies: 66
Views: 5407

Re: Are first three fetters fully eliminated by a Sotapanna?

Maybe this helps:
https://puredhamma.net/seeking-nibbana/ ... f-nibbana/

It`s a very complete and reasoned article. Worthy reading. :reading:
by massara
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Luang Por Liem in Brazil !!!
Replies: 15
Views: 2178

Re: Luang Por Liem in Brazil !!!

there is a monastery in brazil...? Not really. In Brazil there are some places where Theravada followers gather, but there isn t any monastery, like those that have bikkhu ordination and so on. In Rio de Janeiro we have the Sociedade Budista do Brasil, that is for some time hosting a brazilian bikk...
by massara
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Kamma hurting arahant or parents
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Kamma hurting arahant or parents

How about hurting or killing a "lower" ariya? a sotapanna, for example. Any guess?
by massara
Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:26 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Wheel of Saṃsāra
Replies: 15
Views: 1194

Re: The Wheel of Saṃsāra

Interesting, but is bad view alone enough, and to what extent? i.e. Is it possible to hold a wrong view about some things, but not about others? I suspect that only when this bad view leads to bad actions, only then a rebirth in the lower realms is likely. In Buddhism, right view is the first step ...
by massara
Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Wheel of Saṃsāra
Replies: 15
Views: 1194

Re: The Wheel of Saṃsāra

No matter how good a person is, he/she still has bad kamma from previous lives. This kamma can arise anytine when conditions are suitable. Unless one attain at least the stage of sotapanna, this person will wall be subject of rebirth in all the six realms. An important point to know is that living a...
by massara
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:59 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Strange Experiences in Meditation
Replies: 27
Views: 2377

Re: Strange Experiences in Meditation

Hey there! I’ve got some questions regarding recent experiences in my meditation practice, preferably from someone more experienced than I am. I’ve been meditating on and off for some years now, never having enough motivation to build a really solid practice. For some reason this changed and the la...
by massara
Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Buddho
Replies: 235
Views: 31873

Re: Buddho

I'd just like to share my experience... Over the years, I've experimented with using "buddho", "in" and "out", and counting the breaths from "1... 10" as mental repetitions. What I found is that mentally repeating "buddho" doesn't feel nearly as smooth and comfortable, if you will, as counting "1.....
by massara
Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has Tiger Woods attain Jhana?
Replies: 28
Views: 7444

Re: Has Tiger Woods attain Jhana?

Luang Pó arrived in Thailand in July 1977 but this would not be his last visit to the West. In 1979 he made a second trip to England, this time to visit the newly established monastery of Cittaviveka and his abbot, Ajahn Sumedho. After spending some time in England, he traveled to the United States...
by massara
Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pleasant Sensations During Meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 1489

Re: Pleasant Sensations During Meditation

Since some weeks ago, while I am meditating focusing in my breathing something interesting happens. When I get a little concentrated, I start to smile and feel a great calm all over the body, sometimes a little ecstasy. I take notice of these sensations and keep focusing the in and out breath, but ...