Search found 50 matches

by Refugee
Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: In rememberance of jcsuperstar
Replies: 36
Views: 5828

Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

:candle:
by Refugee
Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Dividing Attention vs One Pointed Concentration
Replies: 18
Views: 3541

Re: Dividing Attention vs One Pointed Concentration

Reflection wrote: It is my conviction (but not just mine) that 'experiencing the whole body' means experiencing the whole breath-body. You naturally focus on the entire breath from the start till the end, so even those one or two remaining thoughts will not appear. To me this is both a logical and ...
by Refugee
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:11 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Buddham Dhammam Sangham Namo Swami
Replies: 5
Views: 1945

Re: Buddham Dhammam Sangham Namo Swami

Thank you all for your kind responses. I listened carefully to the audio again and "Buddham Dhammam Sangham Namassami" is what it sounds like. I take it that the english translation would be "To the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha I bow (or prostrate)".
:thanks: again for clearing this up for me.
by Refugee
Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Buddham Dhammam Sangham Namo Swami
Replies: 5
Views: 1945

Buddham Dhammam Sangham Namo Swami

I have noticed that Ajahn Brahm and Ajahn Munindo recite/chant the following lines before commencing with some of their talks: Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma-sambuddhasa (3 times) Buddham Dhammam Sangham Namo Swami (once) I am quite familiar with the first part ("Namo Tassa ..."), but have not c...
by Refugee
Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pizza and meditation
Replies: 24
Views: 1908

Re: Pizza and meditation

It would be interesting to know how the people (monks and laity) in the Buddha's time and several hundred years after that (that is before the suttas were written down) engaged in "Dhamma Study". Perhaps monks recited some suttas followed by discussion/debates of sorts? Is there any online material ...
by Refugee
Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Triple Gem - It's Three Components
Replies: 8
Views: 1688

Re: The Triple Gem - It's Three Components

:thanks: , Kim & Matheesha

My skeptical doubts concerning the Sangha as it relates to refuge in the Triple Gem have been adequately addressed.
:namaste:
Tim
by Refugee
Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:48 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Triple Gem - It's Three Components
Replies: 8
Views: 1688

Re: The Triple Gem - It's Three Components

..... If you think of the sangha as the ideal of the sangha, you can still take refuge in it even while acknowledging that you have no regular contact with ordained sangha ..... ...... ..... .... :anjali: Thank you, Kim, for reading my post and for your kind response. Yes, I can see this making the...
by Refugee
Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Triple Gem - It's Three Components
Replies: 8
Views: 1688

Re: The Triple Gem - It's Three Components

Hi Mike & Chris Thank you both for your responses. It seems to me that the " Savaka Sangha (or Ariya Sangha) " who is defined as " those attained to any of the Eight Stages of Enlightenment (the 4 usual stages divided into Path and Fruit) who are "worthy of gifts, hospitality, offerings and reverent...
by Refugee
Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of minimizing suffering and being a "good person"
Replies: 41
Views: 6154

Re: The ethics of minimizing suffering and being a "good person"

.... .... .... I'd be curious how you guys would deal (or have dealt) with something like a termite infestation... I guess a householder should call an exterminator, right? So as to take care of his assets/family and all, but what about a Buddhist monastery? Do they just let the monastery crumble t...
by Refugee
Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Triple Gem - It's Three Components
Replies: 8
Views: 1688

The Triple Gem - It's Three Components

Greetings to Venerables & Friends :anjali: Today, after reading the following simile regarding the Triple Gem, I spent some time reflecting on this: The Buddha's appearance in the world is like the sun rising over the horizon. His teaching of the true Dhamma is like the net of the sun's rays spreadi...
by Refugee
Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Buddha Statues: Hairstyle?
Replies: 24
Views: 9528

Re: Buddha Statues: Hairstyle?

The top knot could perhaps have been influenced by Hindu or pre-Hindu traditions. See pic below of Hindu God, Shiva:
Image
by Refugee
Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422651

Re: the great rebirth debate

:namaste: More than two thousand years have gone by and there is still no consensus about (post-mortem) rebirth. Will there be consensus about this in our relatively short lifespan? I don't think so! Then, are we wasting our time here? Maybe not; because "the great rebirth debate" may actually be a ...
by Refugee
Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The One Who Knows
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Re: The One Who Knows

:thanks: Bodom, RowYourBoat, and Fede.
You have addressed my doubts quite nicely.
:anjali:
by Refugee
Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The One Who Knows
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

The One Who Knows

My enquiry is with regard to the "Water Buffalo" simile (quoted below), from the book "A Tree in the Forest, A Collection of Ajahn Chah's Similes": Our thinking follows sense objects and pursues them wherever they go. yet not any one of the sense objects is substantial. They are all impermanent, uns...
by Refugee
Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:40 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Practising and non-practising Buddhists?
Replies: 24
Views: 2753

Re: Practising and non-practising Buddhists?

I would like to think that all those who take refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and undertake to keep the Five Training Rules (Precepts) are "practicing Buddhists", even if, for example, they do not practice formal meditation at all. They simply practice at different levels.
by Refugee
Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Cula-dukkhakkhandha Sutta & Household Life
Replies: 11
Views: 908

Re: Cula-dukkhakkhandha Sutta & Household Life

Thank you, Matheesha, for that clarification. Yes, its clear to me now.
:anjali:
by Refugee
Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Cula-dukkhakkhandha Sutta & Household Life
Replies: 11
Views: 908

Re: Cula-dukkhakkhandha Sutta & Household Life

I think it is important to bear in mind that Buddhism is not an 'All or Nothing' religion. ... ... That is a valid point. Clearly lay people can traverse 75% of the path (to become a non- returner) -never returning to this world and the human realm again. ... ... I'm curious to know the significanc...
by Refugee
Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Question about reincarnation
Replies: 19
Views: 2315

Re: Question about reincarnation

kirk5a wrote: 'I have taught you, O bhikkhus, to see conditionality in all things.'

rather than a me in all things, a "do-er" in the past and an "inherit-or" in the present... Bing!
:thanks: Now it's beginning to make sense.
by Refugee
Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Question about reincarnation
Replies: 19
Views: 2315

Re: Question about reincarnation

So, how do we inherit our own kamma then? :namaste: Ven. Walpola Rahula, in his book "What the Budddha Taught" (chapter 6) writes: Here naturally a question arises: If there is no Atman or Self, who gets the results of karma (actions)? No one can answer this question better than the Buddha himself....
by Refugee
Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Cula-dukkhakkhandha Sutta & Household Life
Replies: 11
Views: 908

Re: Cula-dukkhakkhandha Sutta & Household Life

Hi Acinteyyo Thank you for your response. Having considered it carefully, the answer to my question is perhaps in this sentence: "But when he has clearly seen as it actually is with right discernment that sensuality is of much stress, much despair, & greater drawbacks, and he has attained a rapture ...