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by convivium
Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: stretching for sitting on floor
Replies: 5
Views: 1133

Re: stretching for sitting on floor

i did a goenka retreat and sat in the main hall the whole time mostly without moving much. i wasn't flexible enough to sit on the floor without injury and i wasnt instructed on how to sit properly. just worked through the pain like they said. came home and my back was out for weeks, stuck in bed. ha...
by convivium
Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: stretching for sitting on floor
Replies: 5
Views: 1133

stretching for sitting on floor

injured my low back doing vipassana retreats at age 18, low back bulging disc issues since then. so can't sit on floor comfortably. i stretched 1-2 hours daily roughly for a couple years w/ no marked improvement. still can't sit on floor without hurting low back. any suggestions?
by convivium
Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Visa Myanmar
Replies: 13
Views: 2297

Re: Visa Myanmar

you can find places to practice w/out meditation visa, but for long term and certain places you need to get one. when i was there they weren't called meditation visas. or rather there weren't meditation visas, only certain places that required government sponsorships/approved papers. not sure if the...
by convivium
Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:14 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why are most western Buddhists white?
Replies: 118
Views: 10376

Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

if you think what i said is racist then you never took an ethnic studies, sociology or anthropology class in college. internet conversations
by convivium
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why are most western Buddhists white?
Replies: 118
Views: 10376

Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

David -
Abhayagiri and Wat Metta vs the local thai temples or the burmese monastery in Austin sitagu. i'm not a buddhist scholar but i'm pretty sure this divide is pretty widely recognized.
by convivium
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why are most western Buddhists white?
Replies: 118
Views: 10376

Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

Gentrifying the dharma: How the 1 percent is hijacking mindfulness As big corporations embrace meditation, some Buddhists fear their religion's being co-opted by elites Buddhism first came to the U.S. with Japanese and Chinese immigrants. It enjoyed a brief period of popularity among urban elites a...
by convivium
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why are most western Buddhists white?
Replies: 118
Views: 10376

Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

there's a palpable divide between predominantly white monastic communities and predominantly asian monastic communities in america.
by convivium
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why are most western Buddhists white?
Replies: 118
Views: 10376

Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

I don't think it's blatantly racist to ask why Buddhism doesn't appeal to sopme sectors of society and what we as Buddhists can do to make it more accessible. This is what I assume the OP is about.
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by convivium
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why are most western Buddhists white?
Replies: 118
Views: 10376

Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

Ben - I haven't read the Vinaya in full so I can't get into specifics of what's there and what isn't. Shaving eyebrows i'm pretty sure is not in there as a req. for all monks. not sure lay people having to bow to the monks or wear all white to stay at monasteries; again 'what the buddha never taught...
by convivium
Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why are most western Buddhists white?
Replies: 118
Views: 10376

Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

this is the typical racial demographic i see at buddhist monasteries that i've been to in america: https://www.abhayagiri.org/community/residents Tassajara, and Wat Metta also only had white monks when I was there. At Tassajara (I realize this is a Thera. thread) there are many layers of Japanese af...
by convivium
Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:41 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why are most western Buddhists white?
Replies: 118
Views: 10376

Re: Why are most western Buddhists white?

you might check out this as a entry point, unless you've read the tipitaka and can distinguish what's in it an what's not prima facie. http://books.google.com/books/about/What_the_Buddha_Never_Taught.html?id=BCoLAAAAYAAJ i agree i should have qualified this post with 'why are most meditators (e.g. v...
by convivium
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why are most western Buddhists white?
Replies: 118
Views: 10376

Why are most western Buddhists white?

And why do white people co-opt irrelevant asian cultural elements in Buddhist communities?
by convivium
Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zen, Dogen and being put off...
Replies: 45
Views: 4500

Re: Zen, Dogen and being put off...

what madhyamaka does i think is allow for the inversion of the mundane/transcendental... just how N inverted the suprasensory/becoming... what schopenhauer had in mind with 'positive nothingness' and what heidegger had in mind with conealment/unconcealment for the completion of nietzsche's aforement...
by convivium
Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Location of the Mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 4313

Re: Location of the Mind?

there has be some sort of over CS or higher CS to make sense of rebirth determined by karma.
by convivium
Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 550
Views: 114293

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

what not masturbating as a rule does is gives you something to commit yourself to, namely, brahmacariya. but that's not limited to not orgasming at all so if that's what your commitming yourself to then there's no need to focus on that. all commitments are in an objective sense arbitrary. in a subje...