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by BasementBuddhist
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?
Replies: 13
Views: 153

Re: It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?

Being around people who have different veiws from your own is a great teacher. In what way is that a great teacher? I meant that you learn about yourself. When someone disagrees with you, you generally react to them in some fashion, and this teaches you about your own attachments. It's also a great...
by BasementBuddhist
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?
Replies: 13
Views: 153

Re: It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?

In some ways yes. In other's no. Being around people who have different veiws from your own is a great teacher. On the other hand, it's very easy to become overwhelmed by strong emotions, if you get yourself into the wrong situation.
by BasementBuddhist
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 36
Views: 916

Re: Reading Mahayana books

Mahayana teachings have Bastardized my practice. What I mean is, I've definitely become a mix of the two. Pulling this and that from where it makes sense. I used to believe they were two sides of the same coin, but as I've moved between the two I have noticed a marked difference in tone and spirit. ...
by BasementBuddhist
Sat May 19, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the asavas the default state of mind?
Replies: 10
Views: 231

Re: Are the asavas the default state of mind?

Whatever is going on in the mind is the state of the mind. You're getting too caught up in this is this, this is that, and defining things. Stop theorizing, and just focus on what is. What is the default state of a tree? What is the default state of the ocean? Things are what they are.
by BasementBuddhist
Sat May 12, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Intro
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: Intro

rightviewftw wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 6:21 pm
john1565 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 9:30 am
Hello! I am John, a curious type person. So, I want to know more about buddhism.
welcome:)
I think Buddhism has the answers but it is not easily understood by everyone
I agree. Sometimes Buddhism takes work. :goodpost:
by BasementBuddhist
Sat May 12, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Intro
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: Intro

Howdy! :juggling:
by BasementBuddhist
Sat May 12, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Some Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: Some Questions

you're fine, enjoy your meditation and try not to nitpick it so much. Just keep with it and see where things take you. :namaste:
by BasementBuddhist
Thu May 10, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Meditating When Going to Sleep
Replies: 9
Views: 289

Re: Meditating When Going to Sleep

I meditate as I am falling asleep, so I can speak to this. I hesitated for the longest time because I was worried that if I meditated as I was about to fall asleep, I would get sleepy when practicing normal, regular, sitting or walking meditation. That didn't happen, so no worries there (at least fo...
by BasementBuddhist
Thu May 10, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No objections to Livelihood by Archery?
Replies: 24
Views: 441

Re: No objections to Livelihood by Archery?

"Herein, Vyagghapajja, by whatsoever activity a householder earns his living, whether by farming, by trading, by rearing cattle, by archery, by service under the king, or by any other kind of craft — at that he becomes skillful and is not lazy. He is endowed with the power of discernment as to the ...
by BasementBuddhist
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why are we trying to protect religion?
Replies: 25
Views: 760

Re: Why are we trying to protect religion?

I don't try to protect Buddhism. The Buddha said it will eventually dissappear, and then another Buddha will come along. It's a natural thing, so I let it go. Clinging to "Buddhism" just creates suffering, or so I have experienced. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's how I feel. :goodpost: Well put! There ...
by BasementBuddhist
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Sexual misconduct
Replies: 11
Views: 349

Re: Sexual misconduct

Cutting out Porn is difficult, although I wouldn't say I'm addicted. You do start to feel really sleazy and f*** up after enough days of watching, especially if you're into something rough. If, like me, you aren't ready to swear a vow of Chastity or stop masturbating, mostly instead of porn just try...
by BasementBuddhist
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: keep liberalism out of buddhism
Replies: 126
Views: 3300

Re: keep liberalism out of buddhism

Just because the world is filled with ignorance, and this ignorance causes women to be seen as inferior, doesn't mean we should just go along with the idea. We are seeking to remove ignorance, not submit to it. Also, if the core message of the text isn't lost, then why does it matter if we use he or...
by BasementBuddhist
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Suburbia - stupidest development in modern history ?
Replies: 24
Views: 917

Re: Suburbia - stupidest development in modern history ?

I just have to say, living in Michigan, Grand Rapids is a great city! Night clubs, sports arenas, tall (relatively) buildings! Fancy hotels, a vast diversity in dining establishments. Museums. Theaters. A real, genuine city. Decently busy. It is not just houses. Sorry sir, you are wrong. America has...
by BasementBuddhist
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Survivalism and Dhamma
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: Survivalism and Dhamma

It's all about why you are prepping; If you are worried about yourself and preventing death, I think that is definitely counter to Buddhist principals. If you are doing it for others to ease their fears of the future then I think that is compassion and it is perfectly within the realm of buddhism. O...
by BasementBuddhist
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 174
Views: 4229

Re: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

I always thought it was a low thing to do. If he did just sneak off in the night, it was pretty cowardly and selfish in the moment.