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by chicka-Dee
Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Send birthday greetings to HHDL here, who is 75 today
Replies: 8
Views: 598

Re: Send birthday greetings to HHDL here, who is 75 today

I was fortunate enough to see in person the Dalai Lama speak, last year, and this was a highlight for me.

Happy Birthday to the Dalai Lama. I find him a wonderful role model, with all he does to promote peace in our world.

:namaste:
by chicka-Dee
Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Practice of Mindfulness
Replies: 35
Views: 3987

Re: The Practice of Mindfulness

I think you are posing a problem which doesnt really exist Chicka-Dee. The way to verify the truth of the Buddhas teaching is certainly by practice, but what is verified isnt some intellectual speculation. What is verified is what the Buddha taught in the Canon. We dont in the Theravada just hang e...
by chicka-Dee
Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Practice of Mindfulness
Replies: 35
Views: 3987

Re: The Practice of Mindfulness

The notion of Aatta or Atman may well have led to all sorts of social injustice Chicka-Dee. However the Buddhas teaching of Anatta was not merely a political statement. He meant it, no abiding permenant self. That is the teaching, or so I believe of the Theravada. Oh, yes! Sanghamitta, I agree that...
by chicka-Dee
Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Practice of Mindfulness
Replies: 35
Views: 3987

Re: The Practice of Mindfulness

But you speak of the observer as self, self as "myself" and thoughts as "my" thoughts. Buddha challenged this idea, spoke of no self residing within us, observing these processes... Yes, this is a good question. I don't think we should start trying to think of ourselves as 'no-self', until we have ...
by chicka-Dee
Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Practice of Mindfulness
Replies: 35
Views: 3987

Re: The Practice of Mindfulness

Hi Chris and all, Although I don't know a lot about the technical explanations of mindfulness vs vipassana, etc, I do practice both, and can only really comment based on my own experience, using my own 'terminology'.. so appologies for this, in advance. Reading thru this thread, the following commen...
by chicka-Dee
Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Experiential Wisdom: Bhavana-maya panna
Replies: 12
Views: 4704

Re: Experiential Wisdom: Bhavana-maya panna

In the words of Jean Luc Picard (Star Trek: the next generation)... Engage! :clap: :bow: :thumbsup: :namaste: IN the last few days i've been observing more carefully the arisings of emotion and thought within my own mind and body... Trying to take responsibility for every moment, as you say zavk, e...
by chicka-Dee
Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:59 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Experiential Wisdom: Bhavana-maya panna
Replies: 12
Views: 4704

Re: Experiential Wisdom: Bhavana-maya panna

Hi Chris, I took a class this spring based on Phillip Moffitt's book: "Dancing With Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering". The book examines the 4 Noble Truths within the context of the 12 insights of the Buddha.. basically each of the Noble Truths is examined...
by chicka-Dee
Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:09 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Inspirational quotes and poetry
Replies: 16
Views: 1775

Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

THE KINGDOM OF LOVE In the dawn of the day the sea and the earth Reflected the sunrise above, I set forth with a heart full of courage and mirth To seek for the Kingdom of Love. I asked a Poet I met on the way Which cross-road would lead me aright; And he said: 'Follow me, and ere long you shall see...
by chicka-Dee
Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

Chris wrote:Without both study and practice, there is grave danger of going astray - or missing opporutnities in this rare human birth.
I completely agree. And we each must be responsible for telling the difference.

:namaste:
by chicka-Dee
Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

Hi Dhammakid, I find it interesting that there is such an interest in this point. I was hoping there would've been more interest in this comment: Did God create us in his own image? Or did we create God in our own image? Or , is there any difference? I think that I agree with you that there isn't a ...
by chicka-Dee
Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

Pointless? Yeah. The above quote reads as a roundabout criticism of those who supposedly have only that naughty book learning stuff we see here in this thread. They clearly are not genuine, whatever that might mean. Tilt, I appologize if it came through that way. :? It just seems some of us speak m...
by chicka-Dee
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

And I should mention that it was a reaally good friend of mine who first taught me this.. he said something like, 'you can't find it by just reading books! you gotta learn through your own experience'. This is a common statement that you'll find from many Dhamma teachers from the Buddha on down (pe...
by chicka-Dee
Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

And just incase you can't get outside, or the sun isn't shinning where you are, here's a little musical sunshine to brighten your day..

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by chicka-Dee
Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Story of Stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 801

Re: Story of Stuff

Hi sundara, hi genkaku.. both of these are great! :clap: I actually posted the story of stuff on another (non-buddhist) forum, sundara, because it made an impact on me. Very important for us to be aware of! And I love the way Carlin pokes fun at ourselves.. makes one consider how ridiculous it reall...
by chicka-Dee
Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

Very interesting material, chris::: and Jechbi. Did God create us in his own image? Or did we create God in our own image? Or , is there any difference? Something to ponder. Have fun with your son at the museum, chris:::!! and enjoy the rest of your vacation (forget all about everything else and ju...
by chicka-Dee
Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

Perhaps I've don't understand that sutta, but I think that the Kalama Sutta talks about questioning our views and traditions through the lens of our practice. And Buddhadasa Bikkhu has stated that Views and Teachers can be a prision if we cling to them. That sounds for me perfectly logical. For mys...
by chicka-Dee
Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

TheDhamma wrote:Perhaps it is better to speak out, as necessary, but in a peaceful and compassionate way.
:namaste:
by chicka-Dee
Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

On the information within your posts its a reasonable deduction chicka- Dee. What we call our selves is a series of constantly changing processes. There is no self to find ourselves. You could say in the sense that you come to this realisation it will be finding yourself, but that would be a lingui...
by chicka-Dee
Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

Sanghamitta wrote:That is a doomed quest, for a number of reasons. In decades to come you will still be looking for yourself within yourself.
Are you really sure about that?
by chicka-Dee
Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 15777

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

That much is clear enough. The much more difficult problem is what conditions and teachings are required to be able to see the Dhamma for oneself... Metta Mike I mean this most sincerely, and it's not meant to be a smart-ass comment: http://www.dreamlandarts.com/images/events/Nic_Web.jpg And it tak...