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by Garrib
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I am a day and a half away from ordination in Thailand :)
Replies: 20
Views: 618

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

I hope you are well - may you realize nibbana quickly, and may your path be a happy one!
by Garrib
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 27
Views: 385

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

How many monastics is Western Theravāda producing? IMO that is the question. Mahāyāna is also actively growing in the West, but it is not producing practitioners who observe the vinaya at the rate at which it produces Buddha-devotees in the laity. Is Western Theravāda producing vinaya adherents or ...
by Garrib
Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Merry Christmas to you and yours
Replies: 14
Views: 659

Re: Merry Christmas to you and yours

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Dhamma Friends! May 2019 be your best year yet!
by Garrib
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's happening to me. Help please!
Replies: 32
Views: 1074

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

Crows are indeed interesting creatures. They recognize individual human beings and memorize their faces - they will remember a person for years, perhaps their entire life. If they don't like someone, for whatever reason, they will bother them (with aerial dives and cawing, for example), and even tea...
by Garrib
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Very Last Feast Of The Crocodiles
Replies: 3
Views: 544

Re: The Very Last Feast Of The Crocodiles

Very sad - so much suffering.
by Garrib
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: PreBirth Experience (PBE),Remembering Birth,Past Lives
Replies: 16
Views: 1089

Re: PreBirth Experience (PBE),Remembering Birth,Past Lives

Some people having near death experience report beings made of light coming to "guide them" across - I think that sometimes they recognize these beings as departed family members, or as Jesus/Bodhisattva etc...I think the critical point is that kamma is what is creating the major part of our experie...
by Garrib
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thought Experiment
Replies: 13
Views: 490

Re: Thought Experiment

I used to think about this quite a bit: "What do I actually know!?" - because I desperately wanted to ensure that my choices in life were informed by some kind of actual truth, at least to some extent. I ended up landing on the fact that I would die - I could know this to be absolutely true, regardl...
by Garrib
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does practice the eight precept alone can lead to liberation ?
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: Does practice the eight precept alone can lead to liberation ?

I think maybe believing that the eight precepts alone could lead you to liberation could be considered 'clinging to rites and rituals' (silabataparamasa) -
but observance of the precepts couldn't hurt
by Garrib
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self is an Illusion
Replies: 44
Views: 2611

Re: Self is an Illusion

I don't think Sam Harris has arrived at this view completely independently of Buddhism - Harris is a meditator and has participated in Goenka retreats and so forth. I believe he is fairly well versed in Pali Buddhism, as well as Dzogchen. Granted, he is looking at things more from a certain philisop...
by Garrib
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Raga, Dosa and moha in paralale to Anicca, Dukkha, Anatta?
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Are Raga, Dosa and moha in paralale to Anicca, Dukkha, Anatta?

I've never considered this possibility but it seems interesting. Like you said, raga seems to be associated with failing to consider that pleasant sense objects and the gratification derived from them are totally impermanent. Dosa is our unskillful response to painful feeling/sickness/aging/death/su...
by Garrib
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?
Replies: 17
Views: 1687

Re: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?

Puriso wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:35 pm
I can tell you the names of all of these monks. The one at the back far left is Puriso Bhikkhu (myself), who left the robes in 1992
Hi Puriso,

I am curious - what you are up to now? Are you practicing and/or teaching Dhamma?

Thank you,

Brad
by Garrib
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member Seeking Buddhist Fellowship
Replies: 4
Views: 724

Re: New Member Seeking Buddhist Fellowship

Hi Dave,

Glad to see you on the DW boards. May you quickly attain nibbana!

-Brad
by Garrib
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What is forbidden?
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: What is forbidden?

It would be fun if someone can explain more about the laws what one not are allowed to do tel me every law you know. 5 Precepts: -Abstain from killing living beings -Abstain from taking what is not given (theft) -Abstain from sexual misconduct (adultery, sexual exploitation/abuse etc...) -Abstain f...
by Garrib
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Dukkha include Pithy and Sukha?
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Does Dukkha include Pithy and Sukha?

SarathW wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:52 am
Does Dukkha include Pithy and Sukha?
Are they permanent or impermanent?