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by markandeya
Thu May 23, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Buddhism is not growing?
Replies: 50
Views: 2174

Re: Why Buddhism is not growing?

Most spiritual traditions are being hampered by materialism, people have less time, have to many wordily concerns, I still think that Buddhist schools are quite well thought of even by neutrals who may not have any religious or spiritual beliefs. Buddhist practices, may not be as popular as they wer...
by markandeya
Tue May 21, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Semen retentive sex and Buddhist practice
Replies: 70
Views: 2791

Re: Semen retentive sex and Buddhist practice

… I am curious the general consensus here on semen retention. The Buddha taught celibacy. If you read the descriptions of the eightfold path in the Pali nikayas, you will see "right action" includes abstaining from sex. One disciple of the Buddha who broke the monastic rule against sex is told he w...
by markandeya
Tue May 21, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 67
Views: 3511

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

Neither Theism or Atheism applies to Dharma traditions, this is more to do with Monotheism and the rejection of Church based authority and that there is a God ruling and controlling phenomenon. dev was translated as Gods by early translators, but thats not a good translations deva is from div, div m...
by markandeya
Thu May 16, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Anapanasati Experimentation
Replies: 18
Views: 643

Re: Anapanasati Experimentation

:anjali: When that bindu~spot~point of sound and light is found then one keeps ones focus on it with saddha~shraddha, this is samma dhitti, right view, holding ones dristi dhitti view on the point of sound and light, this will give right energy samma viriya and the the noble eightfold path in the ci...
by markandeya
Thu May 16, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Anapanasati Experimentation
Replies: 18
Views: 643

Re: Anapanasati Experimentation

All this talk of nimittas reminded me of my first experiences of meditation, and inspired me to make a kasina again. Now I am reminded of how effective they are. Thanks budo! Ill report on my experiences in a day or two Its a good practice, the sun is the best kasina, at sun rise or sun set, while ...
by markandeya
Thu May 16, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Anapanasati Experimentation
Replies: 18
Views: 643

Re: Anapanasati Experimentation

:anjali: Budho

mukha is the internal glow in the citta. Not the physical face. nice thread btw

pari can be translated in two ways, from para meaning either above or subtle or both combined, above the 5 sense base media.

:namaste:
by markandeya
Thu May 16, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 1342

Re: The Dhamma and Science

The Buddha Dharma does not need to depend on modern science, modern science has a greater need to depend on Buddha Dharma. Modern science without developed consciousness is blind or at best short sighted.
by markandeya
Thu May 16, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist Cosmology (1): Space, Time and Being
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Buddhist Cosmology (1): Space, Time and Being

:anjali: While still in early stages this video is maybe of some interest and a worthy project to develop to understand the suttas and the Buddhist path in general. I have only just found this and it seems there is a series , so i cant vouch to what they are saying, but it maybe of interest to some ...
by markandeya
Wed May 15, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Oral tradition V Writing
Replies: 21
Views: 482

Re: Oral tradition V Writing

Realisation has to come before texts are written, but equally what is written by the realized would be non different from their state of being, and they follow ancient traditions which is based in oral traditions, i am not sure how the pali traditions understand or explain the full extent of the ora...
by markandeya
Tue May 14, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 4174

Re: Secular Buddhism

...what to speak of those dreaded Hindus that maintain an ultimate identity in a divine being, dreadful, shocking,... I'm reminded that my optician is a Hindu and he meditates regularly. When I go for my yearly eye-tests we sometimes sit and chat for a while about meditation, which is very enjoyabl...
by markandeya
Tue May 14, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 4174

Re: Secular Buddhism

. I've never met any Secular Buddhists myself, but they seem really harmless when compared with the horrors of wars, terrorism, people murdering and stabbing each other for trivial reasons in everyday life,, and of course climate change - which will probably wipe out all living things on this plane...
by markandeya
Tue May 14, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 4174

Re: Secular Buddhism

Not sure the Buddha preaches, was he standing on the mount, and to me these are just translated teachings, so much is lost in translations. Due to English being an empical language its flawed with dualistic meanings, which just adds debate after debate and noone gets anywhere unless they accept by d...
by markandeya
Tue May 14, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 4174

Re: Secular Buddhism

Not sure the Buddha preaches, and to me these are just translated teachings, so much is lost in translations. Due to English being an empical language its flawed with dualistic meanings, which just adds debate after debate and noone gets anywhere unless they accept by doctrinal faith in the words of...
by markandeya
Tue May 14, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 4174

Re: Secular Buddhism

The west in which SB teaches is a secular society, and people may or may not have any beliefs, this will not disqualify them to practice, to practice meditation and watch and develop states is not dependant on one having a belief. These are the people who take twigs, branches, bark, and sapwood as ...
by markandeya
Tue May 14, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 4174

Re: Secular Buddhism

Not believing in Kamma/vipaka and Bhava (birth) is a problem. Which means there is no Nibbana. If I am sure this is the only life I have and there is no result for my action no need for a holy life. Perhaps secular Buddhist believe in eternalism. (eternal hell or heaven) Isn't hell and heaven-taugh...