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by Garrib
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Post your original poetry here!
Replies: 105
Views: 13604

Re: Post your original poetry here!

A Seasonal Abiding Long winters aid believing spring could last Bodies making nests where shadows melt As temperatures are plummeting, aghast! We wonder then if pleasure's what was felt. No permanent oasis is discerned A seasonal abiding is the rule Awareness of the spokes as fortune turns Now shar...
by Garrib
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1464

Re: Mind lives on after death?

I think atheists expect death, yet that will never happen you're in for a painful surprise, friend you will die I'm 99.99% sure that cappuccino knows that. What he means is that he fully expects a continuation of consciousness after death, whatever form that may take. I'm inclined to agree
by Garrib
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 214
Views: 7288

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

good job - keep it up!!
by Garrib
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is wrong with Sati's pernicious viewpoint?
Replies: 11
Views: 234

Re: What is wrong with Sati's pernicious viewpoint?

My understanding is that Sati identified with consciousness. He viewed consciousness as a kind of "self" - something permanent, stable, essential etc...However, according to the Buddha's teachings, consciousness is dependently originated, it is impermanent, unsatisfactory, and not-self. Consciousnes...
by Garrib
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sexual misconduct
Replies: 11
Views: 243

Re: Sexual misconduct

"Just do it" - Many, including myself, have stamped this bad habit out...There is something to be said for sheer determination and will, but be sure to go about this skillfully (that means understanding and compassion for yourself AND clearly recognizing the dangers of continuing to indulge). The Bu...
by Garrib
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 214
Views: 7288

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Do you have any friends/family who can help you in case you end up without a job?? No, I have have to find for another job on my own, which is not easy. I hate this job (a Buddhist shouldn't say this, but lying is unwholesome too). It's hard to explain, this company is like a maffia, and I feel a s...
by Garrib
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 214
Views: 7288

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Do you have any friends/family who can help you in case you end up without a job??
by Garrib
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?
Replies: 39
Views: 531

Re: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?

By "non-Dhammic", do you mean someone who is not observing the 5 precepts?
by Garrib
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Lyndon Taylor!
Replies: 14
Views: 254

Re: Happy Birthday Lyndon Taylor!

Happy Birthday!! May you have an excellent, happy, safe, healthy, and prosperous year!
by Garrib
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 120
Views: 2645

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

It has already been (more or less) stated by others but I will reiterate: If you identify with, or care about, the 5 aggregates that are arising and ceasing at this very moment, in this life, you should understand why it makes sense to care about what happens beyond this life. Because there is no es...
by Garrib
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: one word to defeat the eternalists
Replies: 19
Views: 424

Re: one word to defeat the eternalists

Maybe it's not so important that we understand exactly what Nibbana is, so that we can argue about it online...maybe it is more important that we do what we can day by day, moment by moment, to get closer to actually realizing Nibbana. Then we can know for sure what it is, and how to think of it, or...
by Garrib
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Should you sit 12 hours to know that your are in first Jhana?
Replies: 105
Views: 2387

Re: Should you sit 12 hours to know that your are in first Jhana?

From another post by Zom: So far I don't know anyone who genuinely attain it and could sit for a very long time (except one person from Nepal but the situation with him is very controversial by now). There are many who teach, but again, I've never seen and never heard that any of these teachers cou...
by Garrib
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Does the cosmology in the EBTs teach a Flat Earth?
Replies: 9
Views: 440

Re: Does the cosmology in the EBTs teach a Flat Earth?

good question- I don't think I've ever seen anything like that in the Nikayas. I'm pretty sure I have seen this alleged, however.
by Garrib
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lay people should still try
Replies: 28
Views: 1089

Re: lay people should still try

The best lessons in life sometimes come from trying circumstances. There will never be a perfect time to meditate, there will always be a mosquito, and itch, a nagging mind-thought, or an aching joint. Its like upgrading your tires to drive in mud... At first they spin spin spin when you have tires...
by Garrib
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Avijja translated as "Insentience"
Replies: 44
Views: 1722

Re: Avijja translated as "Insentience"

Coëmgenu wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:29 am

Does Ven Bunnaji have precedence in stating that the Buddha "has" avijja? I thought getting "rid" of avijja was central to the Buddha's path as usually taught.
Yes, this is a little confusing to me. I assume I must be misunderstanding something...
by Garrib
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Avijja translated as "Insentience"
Replies: 44
Views: 1722

Re: Avijja translated as "Insentience"

Thanks James,

What you write makes sense to me, but I am still confused about the translation of avijja as insentience...It sounds like 'insentience' (cessation of perception and feeling) is what stops DO?? But in DO, avijja is the cause for the arising of subsequent links.

Any thoughts?
by Garrib
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lay people should still try
Replies: 28
Views: 1089

Re: lay people should still try

I am finding it nearly impossible at times to practice in a full house. When I was living alone, at least I could make some modest progress in meditation. It even feels like people (my own family members) are demonically trying to throw me off from my practice. Lay life is for the birds!!
by Garrib
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?
Replies: 21
Views: 373

Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

Ok,

I'm not really interested in fruitless online confrontations, and I honestly am not sure I understand what it is you're trying to express to me. I apologize if my comment offended you in some way.

Be well.
by Garrib
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: What is my ancestry? who cares.
Replies: 29
Views: 804

Re: What is my ancestry? who cares.

I had my maternal grandpa and dad do a DNA test last year. We found out a few new things about the family on both sides. I don't think this is all that helpful in practice, but I do think this kind of investigation might lead to a greater appreciation for the preciousness of your human birth, albeit...
by Garrib
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?
Replies: 21
Views: 373

Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

May benevolent Devas rejoice and share in all of our merits, and may they protect us and help us to succeed in our lives and in our practice. I have no problem whatsoever mentally reciting this kind of "prayer", and I don't think anyone else should either! :) If one sees reciting this prayer as bei...