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by Aloka
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 31
Views: 1179

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

regardless of what is found in vajrayana buddhism, the buddha declared sex to be a burning pit of coals, low, vulgar, ignoble, a bridge to be burned. Have you read this sutta? AN 4.55 Samajivina Sutta: Living in Tune Once the Blessed One was staying among the Bhaggas in the Deer Park at Bhesakala G...
by Aloka
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator
Replies: 17
Views: 443

Re: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator

Thank you, Sam.

:anjali:
by Aloka
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Talking about jhana post retreat - by Mingyur Rinpoche
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Talking about jhana post retreat - by Mingyur Rinpoche

As Mingyur Rinpoche is a well known Tibetan Buddhist teacher who went on a "wandering yogi" 4 year retreat in the Himalayas, shouldn't this topic be in the Connections to Other Paths forum? https://www.lionsroar.com/in-exclusive-first-interview-mingyur-rinpoche-reveals-what-happened-during-his-four-...
by Aloka
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1876

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

Carry on as usual! Carry on with the same old usual egoism & habits? :| Possibly consider reading " Kamma & Rebirth " by Ajahn Sumedho. "Carry on as usual " includes my study and practice of the Dhamma.....and maybe you could consider abandoning your own elemental "same old usual egoism and habits"...
by Aloka
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1876

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

Janes Tan wrote: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Carry on as usual!
...the Dhamma is visible in the here-&-now, timeless, inviting verification, pertinent, to be realized by the wise for themselves.
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
:anjali:
by Aloka
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 1534

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

Manopubbangama wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:34 pm

We still have the Dhamma in this Shakyamuni sasanna, for how long, the way things are going? no clue.
All the more reason to exert manly energy to reach nibanna every single day, as it were our last.
Manly energy? How does that work out for female practitioners like myself?

:thinking:

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by Aloka
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Shravasti Dhammika
Replies: 69
Views: 2070

Re: Shravasti Dhammika

"form" wrote: After 32 years, one will have the 32 marks of a great man.....
Have you read this ?

https://sujato.wordpress.com/2011/04/06 ... -32-marks/


:anjali:
by Aloka
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4714
Views: 347574

Re: the great vegetarian debate

A "lifestyle" of being tortured on a farm is better than a wild animal?? That's interesting...it's also false. Furthermore, wild animals on the savanna, and what happens with them, is completely and totally irrelevant to how humans abuse and kill animals. The comparison as done above is not appropr...
by Aloka
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?
Replies: 10
Views: 842

Re: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:58 am
Holy Spit, they're expensive!
Don't do it!

Yes, I agree. Similar statues can be found in the big DIY centres with outdoor gardening sections - and also in some of the PDSA charity shops in the UK, for less than that !

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by Aloka
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self is an Illusion
Replies: 44
Views: 2619

Re: Self is an Illusion

TRobinson465 wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:26 am
I just thought i would share the video because it provides an interesting viewpoint similar to whats found in Buddhism (about the five aggregates not being self essentially), but emerged independently.

Sam Harris has connections with Joseph Goldstein and also with Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen .

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by Aloka
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Mexico!
Replies: 8
Views: 1204

Re: Hello from Mexico!

Welcome, Hilda :hello:
May all of you have a wonderful day!
Thank you - and you too!
by Aloka
Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?
Replies: 26
Views: 1345

Re: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?

I remember that one of the forum members (Aloka) is a certified hypnotist, so maybe she could shed light on the similarities and differences between hypnotism and meditation if she wants to. I'm a qualified hypnotherapist, not a hypnotist like the people who do stage shows, supposedly making member...
by Aloka
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is delusion?
Replies: 10
Views: 555

Re: What is delusion?

Hi all, of the three unwholesome roots - greed/aversion/delusion - I am still unsure of what is even meant by delusion in the buddhist sense. Is delusion the process of creating the "Self" image? Is delusion making ourselves neurotic? Is it ignorance - that we dont even know we are creating sufferi...
by Aloka
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just a Hello
Replies: 9
Views: 906

Re: Just a Hello

I haven't been here for a long time. I just wanted to say a quick hello and to thank everyone who sent prayers and chanted for me awhile back. As you can see, I am still alive and still struggling. May we all be at ease. :namaste: : Good to hear from you again, sattva! May you be well and happy :he...
by Aloka
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member!!
Replies: 6
Views: 544

Re: New member!!

Welcome! :hello: