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by DCM
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why are you practising Buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 652

Re: Why are you practising Buddhism?

I started off practising to try and improve myself, to be an easier person to live with, and to find some peace. Now after nearly 3 years in total, I’m not so sure. The goal in the Nikayas isn’t the worldly improvements above, but even though I can say the goal is Cessation Of Existence, I’m not re...
by DCM
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why are you practising Buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 652

Re: Why are you practising Buddhism?

In my experience doing non Buddhist stuff is a hell of a lot easier, and what got me in a mess in the first place! I've never been able to convince myself that the proverbial eating, drinking, and making merry is the way to go. I've tried very hard to convince myself that it is, but to no avail. It...
by DCM
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why are you practising Buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 652

Re: Why are you practising Buddhism?

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:36 pm
I practise because life is a relentless grinding nightmare, a hideous lurch from one suffering to the next.

That’s how I feel at the moment, but it SEEMS even practicing is giving the same results right now.
by DCM
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why are you practising Buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 652

Re: Why are you practising Buddhism?

binocular wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:12 pm
DCM wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:28 pm
What are you practising for, and why?
Well, I wouldn't say that I'm practising. But that aside, I'm interested in Buddhism because everything else seems too hard to do.
In my experience doing non Buddhist stuff is a hell of a lot easier, and what got me in a mess in the first place!
by DCM
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy birthday SDC!
Replies: 11
Views: 175

Re: Happy birthday SDC!

Hip Hip Hooray
by DCM
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why are you practising Buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 652

Re: Why are you practising Buddhism?

dylanj wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:20 am
nibbāna
Why?
by DCM
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why are you practising Buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 652

Why are you practising Buddhism?

I started off practising to try and improve myself, to be an easier person to live with, and to find some peace. Now after nearly 3 years in total, I’m not so sure. The goal in the Nikayas isn’t the worldly improvements above, but even though I can say the goal is Cessation Of Existence, I’m not rea...
by DCM
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?
Replies: 29
Views: 1156

Re: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

Yes, less ‘views’ about worldly current affairs which only led to suffering for myself. I used to flick between some nonsense online, but have reduced that to checking soccer news and job searching (both of these are a waste of time), and I am working on eradicating these and focusing 100% on Buddhi...
by DCM
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Renunciation of family life
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Renunciation of family life

That’s true enough! It’s a difficult one to understand, as I’m not sure to what level the ties are cut with their children/ family. Would a monk attend his daughters wedding for example, or help if their son suffered a breakdown? Or would these be the instances of proscribition you mentioned. Would...
by DCM
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Renunciation of family life
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Renunciation of family life

That’s true enough! It’s a difficult one to understand, as I’m not sure to what level the ties are cut with their children/ family. Would a monk attend his daughters wedding for example, or help if their son suffered a breakdown? Or would these be the instances of proscribition you mentioned. Would ...
by DCM
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Renunciation of family life
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Renunciation of family life

Hi Sam, that’s interesting, you don’t hear about it at all. A lot of people in the West would likely view it as some sort of abandonment of family depending on the circumstances I guess.
by DCM
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Renunciation of family life
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Renunciation of family life

Are there any stories of Western lay people renouncing and ordaining when their children have grown and left home?
by DCM
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is resistance (patigha)?
Replies: 9
Views: 403

Re: What is resistance (patigha)?

Hi Aflatun, I’ve not read as much as you, you’ve probably seen it, but in case you missed it, the questions and answers at the back of ‘Meanings’ by Ven. N.Namaoli on Resistance and Desigantion (P416), offer a good explanation; “Resistance and Designation (R&D) could be described using ‘behaviour’ a...
by DCM
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is resistance (patigha)?
Replies: 9
Views: 403

Re: What is resistance (patigha)?

Ven. Nanananda says in Nibbana- The Mind Stilled; “"Where name and form As well as resistance and the perception of form Are completely cut off, It is there that the tangle gets snapped." The reference here is to Nibbāna. It is there that the tangle is disen- tangled. The coupling of name-and-form w...
by DCM
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dana
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Dana

Sorry for my ignorance regarding the Vinaya but I want ensure I do not insult any Monks. Can a Monk be asked and give the answer if they have any preference of books that they would like to read, with the idea to send some books out? Otherwise how would one know what to send? How does this apply the...
by DCM
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 471

Re: Mindfulness

Sorry, gone off topic, but just seen an answer to my question, read this in Nanavira’s CTP; he is asserting that Paticcasamuppada is structural, visible here and now. “paticcasamuppada has nothing to do with temporal succession (cause-and- effect). Precedence in pañiccasamuppàda is structural, not t...
by DCM
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 471

Re: Mindfulness

Ven. Nyanamoli says that we should be mindful of the general situation, ie posture. I am mindful of my posture, and then the particulars within the general situation crop up, and they pull my mind away. It seems almost impossible to pay attention to particulars (ie, my job is technical and I always...
by DCM
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 471

Re: Mindfulness

"And further, O bhikkhus, when he is going, a bhikkhu understands: 'I am going'; when he is standing, he understands: 'I am standing'; when he is sitting, he understands: 'I am sitting'; when he is lying down, he understands: 'I am lying down'; or just as his body is disposed so he understands it. ...
by DCM
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 471

Re: Mindfulness

Keep this short, very important sutta, in mind: I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was living among the Sumbhas. Now there is a Sumbhan town named Sedaka. There the Blessed One addressed the monks, "Monks!" "Yes, lord," the monks responded. The Blessed One said, "Suppose, monks, that...
by DCM
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 471

Re: Mindfulness

By practising does it get to a point where less effort is needed to be mindful of the posture while still doing particular activities as mindfulness gets stronger? For starters, you could also make a point of observing your posture while doing more physical things, such as when cleaning the house, ...