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by Stiphan
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Re: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?

thomaslaw wrote:
Stiphan wrote:Mahamoggallana was, in fact, a black man.
It seems to me, most of the Indians, including the so-called Aryans, are black or brown! Possible He was a real original black!

Thomas
He was African type of black, yes.
by Stiphan
Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Re: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?

Mahamoggallana was, in fact, a black man.
by Stiphan
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Danger. !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: Danger. !!!

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Will do, friend.

:anjali:

Metta,
Paul. :)
I trust that you will, friend.
by Stiphan
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Danger. !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: Danger. !!!

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Sumano,

Be the change you want to see in the world

Metta,
Paul. :)
Exactly. Now: locked.

Your turn, Paul. And you, humanity, too!

Be the change you want to see in the world.
by Stiphan
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Danger. !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: Danger. !!!

Stand up!

and say:

"I want Peace and Freedom from harm for All."

Now do something.

Because, I:

Locked.

Still waiting?

BOOM.

______
by Stiphan
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Danger. !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: Danger. !!!

Are you waiting for someone else to do it? I tried. Now: locked. Why? "Crazy". But I tried. Are you going to do something? Or shall I - and someone else - try again? I would. Until this "man" is removed. Life? or Death? Up to you, or me? Or all of us? Are we not a part of it all? Do we not care? Who...
by Stiphan
Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Danger. !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Danger. !!!

Danger. ! Alarm bells ringing? Anyone? Do something? No? Who? When? Us? You? Me? Until it is too late? It will be over by then. No? Do you care about your life? About others? About humanity? About Planet Earth? About civilisation? About happiness, joy, love, friendship, family, nature, prosperity, s...
by Stiphan
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion is the highest thing
Replies: 0
Views: 224

Compassion is the highest thing

Anti-harm. Pro-nature. Equality and equity between every being and every thing, regardless of degrees of ability. True knowledge, intuitive, wise judgement, compassion born of care for beings' feelings, acting in line with the truth so as not to cause any harm to any being or thing. Mutual respect. ...
by Stiphan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Perfect Teacher
Replies: 8
Views: 600

Re: A Perfect Teacher

The Buddha never said these words:

Then the Blessed One thought: “Surely, since the brahmins honour him thus, the brahmin student Kāpaṭhika must be accomplished in the scriptures of the Three Vedas.”
by Stiphan
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: My Gift to Dhamma Wheel
Replies: 3
Views: 481

My Gift to Dhamma Wheel

Dear friends, I am entering a one-month retreat today. I just wanted to give this wallpaper background as a gift to you that I completed just now in Photoshop. The message on the wallpaper image is mine as well, and it is something I wrote for myself. I collected the various layers: the Buddha image...
by Stiphan
Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?

At my Sri Lankan temple, his skin colour is blue, and I recently saw three more images where, again, he is of blue colour. What is the reason? 2016-12-20 13.46.50.jpg http://i68.tinypic.com/16hm96x.jpg 14462753_864786183652382_3093878028305711805_n.jpg 15972503_1319674891422557_6885864232530808890_o...
by Stiphan
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Miscellaneous Photos
Replies: 61
Views: 26273

Re: Miscellaneous Photos

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by Stiphan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why we can't get no satisfaction
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: Why we can't get no satisfaction

SarathW wrote:
And how do we deal with the eight worldly conditions?
This is easy to say than done it. :)
Perhaps contemplating on three worldly conditions. (Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta)
I would suppose there are more than one or two strategies. :smile:
by Stiphan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why we can't get no satisfaction
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: Why we can't get no satisfaction

When people abuse us, we hate it. When people do not respect us, we don't like it. When people ignore or don't care about us, we don't like it even more. When people respect us, we like it, but we think it's not enough - they should respect us even more! This is the result of self view and Mana. If...
by Stiphan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why we can't get no satisfaction
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: Why we can't get no satisfaction

Hi SarathW, I totally agree with the quote and the need to cultivate hiri-ottappa and to have a sense of what one is doing within society, lest one gets blamed by that same society. You could say there are two levels here: it is good to be concerned with others' views of oneself and it is also good ...
by Stiphan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Real problem
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: The Real problem

Twilight wrote:The problem lies in constantly thinking about ourselves
As I read your reply I exclaimed (in low tone) "Yeaah!"

I agree. It is called sakkāya-diṭṭhi - self-identity view.

More simply put (according to some meditation masters):

The problem lies in thinking.
by Stiphan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Real problem
Replies: 2
Views: 231

The Real problem

The problem does not lie in who you are, where you are, what is happening to you or how you are feeling in the present moment. The problem lies in who, what, where or how you think you are or what you think is happening to you, whether you like or dislike or not like enough who, what, where or how y...
by Stiphan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why we can't get no satisfaction
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Why we can't get no satisfaction

When people abuse us, we hate it. When people do not respect us, we don't like it. When people ignore or don't care about us, we don't like it even more. When people respect us, we like it, but we think it's not enough - they should respect us even more! And when people worship us, we think there's ...
by Stiphan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Five Men at the Temple
Replies: 11
Views: 669

Re: The Five Men at the Temple

I have just realised what the meditation monk stands for: yoniso-manasikāra - wise consideration, "work of the mind that goes back to the source" as Ajahn Brahm translates it. The mind considers: "Am I going to listen to Buddho (the one who [actually] knows) or an I going to listen to the Evil One w...
by Stiphan
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Five Men at the Temple
Replies: 11
Views: 669

Re: The Five Men at the Temple

Good food for thought there. Just a small technical detail that needs correction regarding the meditation monk's cessation of perception and feeling attainment. If he had truely attained this level, then Mara wouldn't be able to touch him for that'd mean he's already attained arahantship, or at the...