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by Spiny Norman
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball
Replies: 12
Views: 174

Re: Right Speech: The Person in the Ball

Are the suttas not clear enough?

"It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will."
— AN 5.198

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ati/ptf ... index.html
by Spiny Norman
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How much happy are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 490

Re: How much happy are you?

ryanM wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:39 pm
Maybe happiness is masquerading as a trace element.
Maybe they sell it in very small bottles in Tesco. :tongue:
by Spiny Norman
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: is cessation like a vacuum
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: is cessation like a vacuum

SunWuKong wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:35 pm
It's like the calm in the center of a hurricane...
I like the eye-of-the-storm analogy, like a stillness inside ( beneath?) the movement.
by Spiny Norman
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 43
Views: 417

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

let's be honest: body odour can be pretty disgusting. Should we attempt to not get aversive, or just change carriages? What would you do? thanks for reading. :anjali: What I find helpful is recognising that both the smell and the aversion response are transient and conditional. "But what, friends, ...
by Spiny Norman
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: A Two State Solution for Europe?
Replies: 7
Views: 202

Re: A Two State Solution for Europe?

I looked at the thread title and thought it was about BREXIT. :toilet:
by Spiny Norman
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Contracted/Constricted Mind
Replies: 24
Views: 300

Re: The Contracted/Constricted Mind

In any case, the important thing is to notice one's state of mind.
by Spiny Norman
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Never too old
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Never too old

by Spiny Norman
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 38
Views: 641

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

JohnK wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:36 am
Yeah, being wrong and harmonious is the tough one. ;)
:thumbsup:
by Spiny Norman
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Living as Buddhists in an age of 'Information Overload'
Replies: 38
Views: 773

Re: Living as Buddhists in an age of 'Information Overload'

With regard to what is on TV, there is no 'news', just the same tired old story, with different names and faces doing the same old things. I find that as time goes on I am increasingly less interested in politics and current affairs. I see little point in getting worked up about stuff I can do noth...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2054

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Buy a sailboat! Live on it, and sail a lot. I would like a huge yacht, but my budget probably extends only to a 8.5m keeler, with one bedroom, a kitchen-lounge, and shower and toilet. It's like living in a big caravan, except it floats. That sounds great! How about getting a big boat eventually and...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Contracted/Constricted Mind
Replies: 24
Views: 300

Re: The Contracted/Constricted Mind

A good example of a contracted/constricted mind is one that's filled with greed. The antidote would be to practice generosity. When you're giving wholeheartedly to another person the mind is anything but contracted/constricted. That's why practicing generosity is the antidote, because it puts the m...
by Spiny Norman
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 37115

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

I think our choices are often quite limited practically speaking, because they depend on our current circumstances, our previous experience, our personality traits, and so on. Can you explain what you mean by "practically speaking" when speaking about our choices? I'm asking because for me if I thi...
by Spiny Norman
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pleiades, Elves & BuddhaDharma
Replies: 17
Views: 234

Re: Pleiades, Elves & BuddhaDharma

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:25 pm
Theravadins are weird.
That's what I like about them. :tongue:
by Spiny Norman
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 37115

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

Dependent-arising, as taught by the Buddha, rules out both "free will" & "determinism". Do you mean that choices arise in dependence on conditions? Yes. "Choices" appear to be independent personal choices but in fact they are not. But wait, that does not lead to determinism as is normally understoo...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Never too old
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Never too old

Stiphan wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:12 pm
It's at 29 (my age) that you first realize you're growing old and for the first time in your life you're not looking forward to your birthday, or adding another year on top...
I gave up celebrating birthdays some time ago. Also Christmas. Bah humbug. :tongue:
by Spiny Norman
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Samkhya
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: Samkhya

Sāṃkhya made simple https://justpaste.it/jnfu "I AM NAUGHT; NAUGHT IS MINE - THERE IS NO EGO" Rather similar to what we find the suttas, "This is not me, this is not mine, this is not who I am." The pivotal difference I see is that in Buddhism consciousness is seen as transient and conditional, whe...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?
Replies: 21
Views: 354

Re: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?

What is watching what!? And who or what is being mindful? It's an interesting question! "Furthermore, when walking, the monk discerns, 'I am walking.' When standing, he discerns, 'I am standing.' When sitting, he discerns, 'I am sitting.' When lying down, he discerns, 'I am lying down.' Or however ...