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by polo
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?
Replies: 43
Views: 825

Re: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?

The texts appears to say that offering makes to the Buddha and arhat and Buddha dhamma sangha yields the highest merits. There're 31 Planes of Existence and the merit of being the wealthiest person on earth would still be worlds away from the highest merits. Simply look at a being in the animal rea...
by polo
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Healing power of Buddhist Chanting
Replies: 8
Views: 319

The Healing power of Buddhist Chanting

Almost a year ago I watched a documentary on Youtube about a man in China who had snake like skin problem. It is quite an interesting documentary especially for people who are of Buddhist faith. The documentary video started with the interview of a man about 30 years old who had skin that looked lik...
by polo
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
Replies: 11
Views: 384

Re: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

There are useful things in the video. Useful for those who are just mild-to-medium depressed, or in remission. But I feel the Venerable doesn't grasp how paralysing depression or any mental illness can be in its acute phase. When it's utterly impossible to even have a shower or leave the house, let...
by polo
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 18
Views: 1383

Re: Buddha knew all along

If there is a scale of immorality, I would propose Truman/the Americans with their targeted bombings (nuclear and otherwise) of civilian centers to be on exactly the same lowest of the low denominator with Hitler and his concentration camps or Stalin and his Gulags. as the logical person you are, t...
by polo
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: recollecting past lives
Replies: 20
Views: 329

Re: recollecting past lives

Just curious. Why would anyone want to remember past lives? I don't even want to remember the present life. :tongue: Usually they try to find out what bad karma was generated in their past lives that brought suffering in this life, to understand the cause in itself brings some relief in your suffer...
by polo
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using Buddha's name commercially
Replies: 9
Views: 341

Re: Using Buddha's name commercially

Greetings, Unless a Buddha-named product was something that invited breaking the precepts (e.g. Buddha Beer), then I don't think I'd see it as inherently good or bad... but then, I'm not the easily offended type, so maybe I'm not the right person to respond. Metta, Paul. :) Buddhism is about common...
by polo
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Who do psychics talk to?
Replies: 11
Views: 396

Re: Who do psychics talk to?

There are psychics but very very few of them. Psychics don't go on TV. Those who do are just entertaining you. A real Psychic doesn't ask for money that's for a start. You would not know where to find him or her. And if you find him or her it is by chance. Before the 2nd world war there was a dutch ...
by polo
Fri May 31, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 9
Views: 270

Re: Hello!

Hello, I am new here. I am a 21 year old journalism major in college. I come from a Muslim family but at 13 began to turn toward Buddhism and never looked back sense. I hope to make friends that are on the spiritual path, as I find very little people that share my interest. I look forward to messag...
by polo
Thu May 30, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jews in Buddhism
Replies: 25
Views: 707

Re: Why Buddhism is not growing?

Jews tend to be overrepresented in virtually all intellectual areas. Firefighters and carpenters? Not so much. :tongue: Carpenters? Don't forget Jesus; he was a carpenter. Oh, wait a minute; he's only Jewish on his mother's side. :tongue: If I may be allow to deviate a little from Buddhism since Je...
by polo
Thu May 30, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: mindfulness and awareness
Replies: 9
Views: 304

Re: mindfulness and awareness

Dukkha does not necessarily mean suffering. That is just a modality of dukkha due to lack of wisdom. Ordinary people often rejoice in sleep because it provides much needed rest whereas arahants are free to rest without needing sleep. Consciousness might be dukkha but it doesn't necessarily have to ...
by polo
Thu May 30, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: The New Yorker's cartoons fail to cheer me up
Replies: 9
Views: 352

Re: The New Yorker's cartoons fail to cheer me up

dharmacorps wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 5:48 pm
Interesting idea. I have the opposite feeling--when I read New Yorker cartoons, I feel sad. :rofl:
You need to talk to somebody, you need help my friend. Because Ted Bundy said the same thing.
by polo
Thu May 30, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: The New Yorker's cartoons fail to cheer me up
Replies: 9
Views: 352

Re: The New Yorker's cartoons fail to cheer me up

I didn't realize I was that depressed because after reading the The New Yorker's cartoon I didn't laugh at all. Nothing happened. I used to like those cartoons so much that I looked forward to them. Well, what is happening now? What did Buddha say about depression? Do you feel joy from other source...
by polo
Thu May 30, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: The New Yorker's cartoons fail to cheer me up
Replies: 9
Views: 352

Re: The New Yorker's cartoons fail to cheer me up

Perhaps the cartoons were never very funny to anyone aware of "suffering and the causes of suffering". After all, why do we laugh? Often because it's better than crying or getting angry. All those racist and sexist jokes - are they as funny as they used to be? Is Trump still something to laugh abou...
by polo
Wed May 29, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: The New Yorker's cartoons fail to cheer me up
Replies: 9
Views: 352

The New Yorker's cartoons fail to cheer me up

I didn't realize I was that depressed because after reading the The New Yorker's cartoon I didn't laugh at all. Nothing happened.
I used to like those cartoons so much that I looked forward to them. Well, what is happening now?
What did Buddha say about depression?
by polo
Fri May 24, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Semen retentive sex and Buddhist practice
Replies: 69
Views: 1780

Re: Semen retentive sex and Buddhist practice

The male must maintain turgidity without ejaculation otherwise all effort would be wasted. The female also must not reach orgasm at all. really? orgasm is what turns the energy into a form what will replete the sense organs with five strings of sensuality, so that you could get rid of hindrances an...