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by TLCD96
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Sanghas near Chicago?
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: Sanghas near Chicago?

Buddhanet's World Buddhist Directory returns 19 results for Theravadin centres in Illinois. https://tinyurl.com/ybnn34hg Thanks venerable! For non-rebirth Dhamma, browse this site: https://www.liberationpark.org/retreat/persrets.htm https://www.liberationpark.org/contact/chicago.htm Wondering what ...
by TLCD96
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Sanghas near Chicago?
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Sanghas near Chicago?

Hi all, I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I'm looking for a sangha in the chicago area; some place I could easily get to, that perhaps offers teachings weekly or monthly at no cost, and with preferably some good connection to monastic traditions. I notice there are a number o...
by TLCD96
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: 109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smile
Replies: 5
Views: 1314

Re: 109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smile

A monk once told this wonderful story about how, when he was on a trip to Thailand, he got to meet with a very old monk (around 100 years old). He asked the old monk a question, to my memory: How did you get to be so old? Me? Well if you want to live to be old like me, all you need to do is keep bre...
by TLCD96
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Is it possible to practice compassion in daily life?
Replies: 10
Views: 494

Re: Is it possible to practice compassion in daily life?

This article by Ajahn Sucitto has some excellent insights into, and practical help with, the 4 Brahma-Viharas. https://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/cultivating-empathy/ And this talk by Ajahn Thanissaro focuses more specifically on the sick and dying: https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/PurityOfHeart/Se...
by TLCD96
Tue May 08, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Dealing with break ups
Replies: 16
Views: 3164

Re: Dealing with break ups

Thanks all for the answers! I think the hardest part is de-convincing myself of the notion that I have a need for her, or that she's special. Seems like those two can also manifest in the reverse: she needs me and I'm special. Whether or not those two support each other, I'm not sure. Memories are v...
by TLCD96
Sat May 05, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Dealing with break ups
Replies: 16
Views: 3164

Re: Dealing with break ups

Yes, I've had similar experiences. They can be long-lasting and very intense. ... And good luck, and go gently on yourself, because it will hurt for a while. Thanks a lot! That's really helpful. went to 3 months retreat :thumbsup: the foolish action was having a gf in first place :toast: went to 3 ...
by TLCD96
Fri May 04, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Dealing with break ups
Replies: 16
Views: 3164

Dealing with break ups

Hi Dhammawheel! My first girlfriend of 6 months broke up with me 6 weeks or so ago. It was the result of my own foolish actions (which I just spent an hour writing about but got erased because somehow I got logged out). I miss her and the life we could be living, a lot. She was such a bright person ...
by TLCD96
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: can someone with depression ordain?
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: can someone with depression ordain?

Some Sanghas will take just about anybody. Some, such as the Ajahn Chah Tradition, require more time. Whether or not your depression is a "deal-breaker" is up to the Sangha, really. I'm sure there are plenty of people with depression who have ordained, or ordained people who are even going through a...
by TLCD96
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Noticing a decline in practice
Replies: 4
Views: 976

Re: Noticing a decline in practice

Do you think a Buddhist shouldn't be friends with people who drink or hang out with them when they drink? If so, I'd have nearly zero friends in my life. Not sure I could handle that. I'm sure it'd be more conducive to a spiritual lifestyle if your friends all lived by the five precepts. But your q...
by TLCD96
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Noticing a decline in practice
Replies: 4
Views: 976

Noticing a decline in practice

Hi everybody. Almost 2 months ago, I got back from a 7-month stay at a monastery and since then I have noticed my practice declining, steadily and slowly. To sum it up, the integrity is fading. I keep finding myself thinking: I can't wait to be back at the monastery... in the future... it'll be so m...
by TLCD96
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Stopping eating considered a suicide?
Replies: 19
Views: 2017

Re: Stopping eating considered a suicide?

Want to share with us what's upsetting you? It might help to get it off your chest. If you don't wish to share I totally understand and don't blame you. I don't think getting too much into details would be appropriate but there are several things that i don't like. I am disliking the [lay] state i ...
by TLCD96
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Practice at Work
Replies: 12
Views: 1055

Re: Practice at Work

I couldn't give you any specific advice for your job (other than to quit of course), but I think you're doing a pretty good job (in your practice) already. We're always bound to come across difficulties in our practice, and as long as we maintain our determination we can overcome them. Just recogniz...
by TLCD96
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The 5 Remedies For Hindrances: Where does it fit
Replies: 15
Views: 2006

Re: The 5 Remedies For Hindrances: Where does it fit

No disrespect, but you are making an assumption about my views you don't have grounds for. Have a nice weekend. First, I apologize for what I said earlier at the end of my post. It was rude. Second, the video from the recorded Sutta Study which goes in depth about this specific topic is now availab...
by TLCD96
Tue May 30, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The 5 Remedies For Hindrances: Where does it fit
Replies: 15
Views: 2006

Re: The 5 Remedies For Hindrances: Where does it fit

Leee23, First, thank you for sharing the video. It's enjoyable and grounding for me to watch. As for your question: I think it's worth considering how these "5 remedies" can cause insight, and also foster long-term prosperity along the path. I think, over time, you'll find that applying these method...
by TLCD96
Sun May 28, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: does anyone know of good asubha resources?
Replies: 66
Views: 11621

Re: does anyone know of good asubha resources?

Ajahn Karunadhammo from Abhayagiri gave a wonderful (and light) talk on Asubha practice. To me it has a sort of guided-meditation feel:

http://www.abhayagiri.org/audio/talking ... toothpaste