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by justindesilva
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas and rebirth as a god
Replies: 6
Views: 113

Re: Jhanas and rebirth as a god

So it is true that only by acquiring a jhana it is enough to be reborn as a god? I have read different accounts on the subject, some people say you need to master them, some people say that reaching the jhana state at the moment of death is what is needed. But none of those accounts seem very plaus...
by justindesilva
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahmachariya
Replies: 33
Views: 375

Re: Brahmachariya

Does anyone have any experience with not indulging in any sexual activity for lengthy periods of time. I've heard that sexual energy is the most powerful energy in the world and lust is very powerful I imagine if i renounced all sexual activity this could greatly enhance my practice I'm sure it wou...
by justindesilva
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Neurophysiology, attention and distractions
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Neurophysiology, attention and distractions

So, how many arahants did they do experiments on? None, so far as I know. Presumably, someone who achieves mastery in concentration has to some extent overcome that inherent distractibility. While I agree here , may I highlight that Karaniya metta sutta was expounded by lord Buddha, in order to ove...
by justindesilva
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What do you think about Triratna?
Replies: 16
Views: 535

Re: What do you think about Triratna?

Stephen18 wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:04 pm
What do you think about Triratna (former Friends of the Western Buddhist Order)?
Tri ratna ( triple gem) is Buddha damma sangha .
Buddha is being awakened of universal truth (4NT).
Damma is the contents of the universal truth.
Sangha is the community which protects the said damma.
With metta.
by justindesilva
Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: self-mettā
Replies: 15
Views: 375

Re: self-mettā

Metta to me is about changing yourself in order to love everyone. ALL sentient beings. Most Metta meditation instructions I have read advise to practice Metta towards oneself, then gradually work you way up to all beings including your enemies and those who you find difficult. So perhaps he is not ...
by justindesilva
Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: metta sending
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: metta sending

Can one practice metta by just thinking may all beings be happy without actually doing anything to make other beings happy? I first had experience of metta bhavana with ven Narada thero. Since then everyday practised it and in 1966 I was posted to a thick jungle to work as a surveyor. Here I did th...
by justindesilva
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 44
Views: 1363

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

what is the purpose of all contained in the universe? The dhamma also says if I remember correctly that in this fathom long body is defined the world or universe. So would this question be equivalent to asking 'why are we here?' ? This is so explained in " Rohitassa sutta". When deva rohitassa ques...
by justindesilva
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravadan theory
Replies: 9
Views: 272

Re: Theravadan theory

That one should focus on morality and generosity before instead of just doing mindfulness practice without laying the proper foundation. It is clear that there are two schools from the buddhist history , one been vibajjavada ( dialogue of analysis) which is highly complicated with abhidamma. Next i...
by justindesilva
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Justification of the penal system, in light of karma
Replies: 24
Views: 387

Re: Justification of the penal system, in light of karma

What would make people think that courts of law and prisons aren't related to kamma to begin with? In any country the penal code or legal system is made in reference with social justice. Except in Middle east countries where Moslem law is governed any other socialist or democratic country takes soc...
by justindesilva
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Insight takes time, so Dhamma students are okay as people
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Insight takes time, so Dhamma students are okay as people

While reading the post topics I get a a glimpse of development of insight in Buddhist practise in east and the west. Here in sri lanka we as children in a majority of buddhist practise is involved with ven. Buddhist priests all year round culturally and spiritually. Without much effort an insight in...
by justindesilva
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Story of a small giant
Replies: 23
Views: 527

Re: Story of a small giant

There's a man in South Korea by the name of "Im Gi Jong." He's a man who carries up to 140kg worth of food, gas, supplies, and even small refrigerator on his back and climb the treacherous mountains for 3+ miles everyday. He has been doing this for 46 years. His meal consists of fruit and only rice...
by justindesilva
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 44
Views: 1363

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

:group: :toast: [quote=form By the way what is SG? [/quote] LOL---LOL--LOL :jumping: What is SG, eh---LOL. :jumping: :jumping: I like to focus upon the humanity of the Buddha, hence I prefer his family name, almost always, in discussion: SG was a Humanist, first & foremost. He demonstrated that one'...
by justindesilva
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 44
Views: 1363

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

Buddhism with regards to beginning of the universe is more consistent with modern physics. Buddhism minus the myth it contains is a rather scientific religion involving testing its hypothesis on one own effort. It has many parallels with modern psychology as well. Agganna sutta explains the paralle...
by justindesilva
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: They're paying me to meditate
Replies: 13
Views: 589

Re: They're paying me to meditate

I do a lot of litter picking in my job. Most people hate it, and it can be quite frustrating in the wrong mindset, but it's ideal if you want to practise mindfulness! One can make a whole day programmed for meditation. Eg: While having concentration of putting a morsel of food in to the mouth, chew...
by justindesilva
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma as "wearing a groove"
Replies: 7
Views: 288

Re: Kamma as "wearing a groove"

There is this: Bhikkhus, whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind . If he frequently thinks and ponders upon thoughts of sensual desire, he has abandoned the thought of renunciation to cultivate the thought of sensual desire, and then his m...