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by DarrenM
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Interest in Buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 783

Re: Interest in Buddhism

Hello. :hello:
by DarrenM
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: SDC stepping down as a moderator
Replies: 20
Views: 1039

Re: SDC stepping down as a moderator

Thanks SDC.
by DarrenM
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?
Replies: 40
Views: 1101

Re: Army Reserve Against the Precepts?

I served in the British Paras for 6 years. The truth is that in general the Forces is an unwholesome environment. I’m speaking from experience, I would struggle enormously to serve and practice if in that environment again. Even ‘nice’ service personnel hold serious wrong views. I’m talking across t...
by DarrenM
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The Dhamma and Public Speaking
Replies: 24
Views: 1417

Re: The Dhamma and Public Speaking

Please let us know how it goes Ceisiwr and best of luck, I bet you’ll fly it. :clap:
by DarrenM
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The Dhamma and Public Speaking
Replies: 24
Views: 1417

Re: The Dhamma and Public Speaking

Greetings fellow deluded samsaric beings, Does anyone have any experience and advice on how to combat nerves and anxiety when speaking in public by using the Dhamma? Also any non-Dhammic tips would be appreciated. I may possibly have to give a presentation soon regarding the results of a project i'...
by DarrenM
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Ciggarettes
Replies: 20
Views: 1295

Re: Ciggarettes

Smoking. I smoke alot, lately I have been going through a carton in about 3 days. I decided to start smoking one day, at work as a dishwasher and at the smoking section in high school where I also smoked weed. How can I quit? I have read Alan Carr's book, it didn't work. I I feel utterly lost in me...
by DarrenM
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 5 Precepts
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: 5 Precepts

I would definitely try and subdue without killing; I trained in Brazilian Jui Jitsu and served in the Army for 5 years so know some techniques, but if I had no choice, then I would do anything to protect my children in say a split second life or death situation. Also from a grappling background (di...
by DarrenM
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!
Replies: 70
Views: 4844

Re: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!

The shortest path to Enter the Stream is to observe our thoughts as not me not mine not myself. Then, if there is conditions of 8NP, the Fruit will be realised. The beginning of 8NP to me is five precepts as the first 5 steps of both are either the same or parallel. Next what are the criteria of be...
by DarrenM
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 5 Precepts
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: 5 Precepts

So i was just taking a stroll, walking the dog and I got thinking about the 5 precepts. I officially ‘took’ the precepts around 5 years ago from a monk and it made a huge transformative difference to my life. My faith in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha helped me maintain the the changes I made. In my...
by DarrenM
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 5 Precepts
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: 5 Precepts

An example is when I interviewed for a job recently and managed to tell the truth all the way through until the last question. I gave a truthful example but right at the end started mumbling and added a bit on that wasn’t a part of the story. Work still to be done. The modern workplace, that is rid...
by DarrenM
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 5 Precepts
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: 5 Precepts

MC.jpeg So, what does this mean? I know they are ‘training rules’, but am I living by the precepts superficially? Thinking about it, I can’t say for certain, but doesn’t taking the precepts mean that you have the intention to not commit any of the five in any situation, ever? No, it doesn't sound a...
by DarrenM
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 5 Precepts
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: 5 Precepts

Even if low-down bandits were to sever you limb from limb, anyone who had a malevolent thought on that account would not be following my instructions. If that happens, you should train like this: ‘Our minds will remain unaffected. We will blurt out no bad words. We will remain full of compassion, w...
by DarrenM
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 5 Precepts
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: 5 Precepts

If you analyze it deeply, you will see that there is attachment to your children, and that is what creates the intention to defend them to the extremes. As I said in other topic, secondhand problems, secondhand solutions. Lord Buddha taught us to attack suffering where it begins. My suggestion is: ...
by DarrenM
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 5 Precepts
Replies: 16
Views: 476

Re: 5 Precepts

Anyway, back to the walk. The precepts have made a difference for sure, I don’t intentionally kill, steal, cheat, take intoxicants or tell lies 90% of the time. But what if my circumstance change or something serious happens? What would I do if someone broke into my house and started attacking my k...
by DarrenM
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 5 Precepts
Replies: 16
Views: 476

5 Precepts

So i was just taking a stroll, walking the dog and I got thinking about the 5 precepts. I officially ‘took’ the precepts around 5 years ago from a monk and it made a huge transformative difference to my life. My faith in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha helped me maintain the the changes I made. In my ...