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by TLCD96
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question on energy
Replies: 17
Views: 650

Re: Question on energy

Yes. I think "Right Effort" as a factor of the overall path has a sort of conceptual value to it (i.e. we have to differentiate right from wrong), while Viriya as a factor of enlightenment is more visceral, heartfelt, etc. As a factor of enlightenment it's an invigoration of our mind, while as a fac...
by TLCD96
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jain Ideas Absorbed into the Dhamma
Replies: 129
Views: 4414

Re: Jain Ideas Absorbed into the Dhamma

This is the Vappa sutta referred to in the OP: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN4_195.html It seem that the Buddha isn't advocating for Jain practices, but is rather describing how new kamma isn't formed by an enlightened being:: Vappa, as for any effluents causing trouble & vexation that ari...
by TLCD96
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 2561

Re: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

What do you make of that, TLCD96? Mooji's teachings are quite questionable! Lots of people have apparently found this person's posts helpful, but it seems like some pretty heavy spiritual bypassing. It's not inspiring to me, but I have no knowledge of what's really going through this person's mind.
by TLCD96
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?
Replies: 11
Views: 638

Re: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?

Go back to Pythagoras Golden Verses and many commentaries by those in his tradition, like Hierocles. Practice was the theme throughout the Platonic tradition. I.B. Horner, in the introduction to the third volume of her translation of the Vinaya Piṭaka, draws a comparison between the seventy-five se...
by TLCD96
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 2561

Re: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

You're welcome. I'm not part of a physical sangha here but have a few good dhamma friends. Even so I feel connected to the virtual sangha - teachers and followers from the past and present, the people in spaces like this forum, on youtube etc. So good to hear! :anjali: From a discussion with a very...
by TLCD96
Sat May 30, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 2561

Re: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

They used to follow Mooji who is very vague and refers little to any scriptures. Since then they have switched to the Bhagavad Gita, which at least has a solid base for morality and practice, and a more coherent world-view. I trust that things have improved now. I don’t think it’s helpful to go int...
by TLCD96
Thu May 28, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?
Replies: 11
Views: 638

Re: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?

You should question your premise because you seem to assume buddhism to be a philosophy and thus compare the apple with the pears. There are western religions that have precepts for the ordained, too. Thanks for the feedback Stero. Actually, I'm moreso referencing others who have taken that as thei...
by TLCD96
Thu May 28, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?
Replies: 11
Views: 638

Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?

I think we might all be familiar with the tendency to compare Buddhism to different philosophies: Stoicism, Epicureanism, Aristotle's Virtue ethics. But so many of these comparisons revolve more around theory rather than practice. It seems that a huge and glaring difference is the fact that Buddhism...
by TLCD96
Tue May 26, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 2561

Re: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

:focus: I spent some time in an Advaita community. As far as I can observe, the practice can lead to a long-term soft 6th jhana (consciousness) which the practitioners then identify with. Meditating more intensively leads to a harder jhana which was interpreted as total unity i.e. the ultimate attai...
by TLCD96
Fri May 22, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 2561

Re: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

That reminds me of Mahayana thought. Why not simply bliss out? It might inspire others to bliss out, too. I think the problem with that is that not all "blissful" states are actually wholesome; perhaps in that sense they aren't really blissful either. It's one thing to "bliss out" on dhamma, someth...
by TLCD96
Wed May 20, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")
Replies: 54
Views: 2561

Advaita Vedanta as non-caring, non-identifying bliss ("How I meditated too much")

Hi everyone, I watched this video yesterday of Rokas (of "The Journey" and "Martial Arts Journey") talking about his experiences with Advaita Vedanta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRAPhLCgG0Q Basically, he talks about a time when he was heavily invested in the practice, and at one point he engage...
by TLCD96
Wed May 06, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Eckhart Tolle. Your opinion?
Replies: 60
Views: 2917

Re: Eckhart Tolle. Your opinion?

Yeah, it really seems like his teachings have been helpful for a lot of people who burden themselves with thinking. I remember I found them super helpful when I first started getting into "spirituality"; his teachings were soothing and made a lot of sense at that time. Better than fault-finding, th...
by TLCD96
Tue May 05, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Eckhart Tolle. Your opinion?
Replies: 60
Views: 2917

Re: Eckhart Tolle. Your opinion?

Yeah, it really seems like his teachings have been helpful for a lot of people who burden themselves with thinking. I remember I found them super helpful when I first started getting into "spirituality"; his teachings were soothing and made a lot of sense at that time. Better than fault-finding, tha...
by TLCD96
Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one stay a good orthodox Theravadin and cope with modern scholarship while not sticking one's head in the sand?
Replies: 34
Views: 2346

Re: How does one stay a good orthodox Theravadin and cope with modern scholarship while not sticking one's head in the s

I would encourage not seeking to be a "good Orthodox Theravidin" and instead opting for peace of mind through practice and direct instruction :) The world of academia is interesting and even insightful, however that does not necessarily translate into freedom. It actually indicates that the notion o...
by TLCD96
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism for the rich and intellectual?
Replies: 61
Views: 8598

Re: Is Buddhism for the rich and intellectual?

It seems more like "free time" :quote: is a luxury than practice is; I think this is more of a product of our culture than it is a trait of Buddhism. Ajahns say to practice at all times, not just when we get home from work. Even then, part of our practice may involve being willing to not turn on the...