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by Aloka
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Sound object for concentration meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 162

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

I had forgotten about this book. Good call.
There's also "The Sound of Silence" by Ajahn Sumedho, which is probably the book you'd forgotten about, Tilt.

https://cdn.amaravati.org/wp-content/up ... ilence.pdf



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by Aloka
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: delete the music thread
Replies: 37
Views: 568

Re: delete the music thread

The music thread is probably the only long thread on this forum that doesn't have people getting attached to views and arguing with each other about which is better, provoking, deriding, etc. etc. The music thread is positively wholesome in comparison. Yes, definately a lot calmer than some of the ...
by Aloka
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: delete the music thread
Replies: 37
Views: 568

Re: delete the music thread

it's off-topic with regard to "Dhamma Wheel is an environment for the discussion of Theravada Buddhism." That's ridiculous as far as having a lounge area is concerned. At most of the non- internet Buddhist centres/groups I've been to there's always been an area to sit and chat about life in general...
by Aloka
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: delete the music thread
Replies: 37
Views: 568

Re: delete the music thread

...... but it's a spam thread -- any of the music being shared is sensual and impassioned; one's goal should be dispassion To my knowledge, there aren't any rules about music which lay Buddhist practitioners have to follow. How mean and extreme it would also be, if lay Buddhists refused to let thei...
by Aloka
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?
Replies: 68
Views: 1028

Re: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?

There was an article a few years ago on the website of the Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies in the USA:

"A Protestant Buddhism?"

https://www.bcbsdharma.org/article/a-pr ... -buddhism/


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by Aloka
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Suicide
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Suicide

I agree with everything that Sam Vara has said.... and if there's a possiblity that you have an addiction of any kind, johnB, then I think there's a Buddhist organisation in the USA called "Refuge Recovery" which might be worth checking out.


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by Aloka
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Sam Vara!
Replies: 9
Views: 84

Re: Happy Birthday Sam Vara!

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by Aloka
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Like button - Poll
Replies: 10
Views: 266

Re: Like button - Poll

I read Sutta Central discussions occasionally and I think it would be so much better without any extra clutter in the discussions. I really can't see what the benefits are for adult practitioners, other than to accumulate fans, I suppose, and too bad for those poor folks who don't get any "likes". I...
by Aloka
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Like button - Poll
Replies: 10
Views: 266

Re: Like button - Poll

A "no" from me - because a Dhamma group doesn't need to imitate social media sites in order to have intelligent, discussions between its members.

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by Aloka
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: "Emptiness" in the Pali Canon
Replies: 11
Views: 220

Re: "Emptiness" in the Pali Canon

. Hi phil, There's some information (with sutta references) about emptiness which you might find helpful from page 196 onwards in "The Island - An Anthology of the Buddha's Teachings on Nibbana" by Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Passano (In the section headed "Knowing, Emptiness and the Radiant Mind") https:...
by Aloka
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 93
Views: 4909

Re: Inspiring Words

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Professor Brian Cox, English physicist.

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by Aloka
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What realm do nagas belong to? And are there animals that live in the worlds of the devas?
Replies: 9
Views: 264

Re: What realm do nagas belong to? And are there animals that live in the worlds of the devas?

Tom wrote:. Also, can I help my dog toward the path to enlightenment?
Gently teach him not to kill other living things and always show him kindness.


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by Aloka
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What realm do nagas belong to? And are there animals that live in the worlds of the devas?
Replies: 9
Views: 264

Re: What realm do nagas belong to? And are there animals that live in the worlds of the devas?

. I think nagas also feature in Hindu mythology. In Tibetan Buddhism Nagarjuna was given that particular name because he was said to have recovered the Buddha’s teachings on the Perfection of Wisdom from the naga-king who guarded them in the naga-realm. more about nagas here: The Indian mahasiddha, ...
by Aloka
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 450

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

In other words, he might have just lied "for a good cause". I believe that is simply not compatible with enlightenment. I guess it depends on what one considers to be "lies" - but anyway, lets not argue, perkele. I'm happy with the practice advice I've had from teachers with two different tradition...
by Aloka
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 450

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

But the Buddha maintained that he had seen these things with his own eyes, according to what is taught in the suttas. And according to my firm belief at least, the Buddha was indeed a perfect and completely enlightened being, who would never tell a lie or take hallucinations for reality. I, for one...
by Aloka
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 450

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

bodom wrote:You will also hear alot of it from the Buddha himself in the suttas.
Sure, but everybody believed in other realms and a flat world in Iron Age India 2,500 years ago.

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by Aloka
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 450

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

Just a short question. It's said that if someone teaches wrong view to other people that person will be reborn in avici hell. .... I realise its going off topic, but isn't threatening others with hell realms for one reason or another what one might call "punishment - system kamma" ? I heard a lot o...
by Aloka
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Like function?
Replies: 39
Views: 2486

Re: Like function?

My honest opinion (which may not be popular), is that thumbs up and down for"like' and 'don't like' - or the words, or hearts, or whatever - in topics on a Buddhist discussion site looks inappropriate and rather juvenile.


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by Aloka
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other
Replies: 66
Views: 941

Re: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other

Mahayana Malcolm asserts.... As far as I know, Malcolm's main training has been in Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana). Here's an excerpt of the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje talking about emptiness in an article "The Nature of Everything is Emptiness" : We need to know why the Buddha first talked abo...