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by Aloka
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Breaking the 5th precept. How it leads to suffering
Replies: 9
Views: 417

Re: Breaking the 5th precept. How it leads to suffering

the idea of experiental reality really freaked me out once i grasped it. Have i literally been living a conceptual lie i made up for myself this whole time? Anyway that question led to doubt then fear, anger etc. The impression is you jumped into the deep end of the swimming pool or into an ocean w...
by Aloka
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 1895

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

Nowhere have I shown that I "don't follow the suttas but prefer the teachings of philosophers". Even if I had shown that, it has no bearing on this issue of what is a metaphysical claim and what is not. Ceisiwr's point that "there is no self" is a strongly metaphysical point seems to be entirely re...
by Aloka
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 1732

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

PeterC86 wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:01 am
SteRo wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:49 am
That is definitely wrong. Through practicing the Eightfold Path one realizes the Middle Way.
If you want to stay in conversation with others, you might need to take a more humble approach.
:goodpost:

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by Aloka
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)
Replies: 14
Views: 189

Re: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)

Hi Manas, I don't understand why you watch this type of video, there are probably a lot of them on the internet but I never watch them myself. Death will happen to us all eventually - and in the meantime one is dealing with life in the here and now. Also, "kamma" isn't some kind of cosmic punishment...
by Aloka
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 1732

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

Of course 'Eightfold Path' and 'Middle Way' have completely different meanings. It doesn't look like that here..... The Buddha said: There are these two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth. Which two? That which is devoted to sensual pleasure with reference to sensual ...
by Aloka
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 1732

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

PeterC86 wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:46 pm

Thank you for sharing this!
You're very welcome.

:anjali:

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by Aloka
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neutering animals.
Replies: 15
Views: 202

Re: Neutering animals.

char101 wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:17 pm

If we are the animal would we want to be neuterized? I don't think so.
I think there are plenty of men who decide to have a vasectomy so that their wives won't have to have more pregnancies, they just don't go around telling everyone about their private lives, especially on the internet!

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by Aloka
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neutering animals.
Replies: 15
Views: 202

Re: Neutering animals.

My good friend is an animal lover. Is there bad Karma when animal lovers neuter the animals? As ever, it depends on the intention involved. Normally the intention is good, for reasons to do with the welfare of the animal and its owner and others that they meet. So good kamma, in that case. :goodpost:
by Aloka
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to the forum
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: New to the forum

Welcome Lillyblue!


:hello:
by Aloka
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Do we take this lifetime knowledge to the next life?
Replies: 14
Views: 300

Re: Do we take this lifetime knowledge to the next life?

Do we take this lifetime knowledge to the next life?
I have no idea!
What is your opinion?
I don't have one.
Zom wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:43 pm

Topic is highly speculative
Absolutely, as are many other topics these day!


:coffee:
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by Aloka
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 1732

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

. Between Arhat and Bodhisattva - an article at the Lion's Roar website by Ajahn Amaro: https://www.lionsroar.com/between-arhat-and-bodhisattva/ .... and the following is a Dhamma talk given by Ajahn Amaro: Finding a Perfect Balance Between Arhat and Bodhisattva https://www.amaravati.org/audio/findi...
by Aloka
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What life is like in pure abode?
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: What life is like in pure abode?

confusedlayman wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:01 pm
No music,no dance, no video games, no sports... only focus on nibbana for long eons? No entertainment?
A pure abode is a mental state, not a place where one dances around and plays loud music, football, and video games.

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by Aloka
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 20
Views: 549

Re: Really Confused...!

Greetings Woodsman, is my problem, I now feel that I am missing out on practices that I ' should ' be doing rather than merely using insight practices. Its created a sense of urgency and anxiety that is impeding my practice . Has anyone else experienced this if so how on earth did you reconcile it?...
by Aloka
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 20
Views: 549

Re: Really Confused...!

the absence of a focus on 'Emptiness' in the Theravada is palpable from my readings of late. Hi woodsman, You might like to have a look at this article "Emptiness in Theravada Buddhism" by Gil Fronsdal who's a teacher at the USA Insight Meditation Centre: https://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/boo...