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by Cal
Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hurrcane Sandy
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: Hurrcane Sandy

Kim O'Hara wrote:Maybe the stronger storms brought by climate change will hasten the end of nuclear power.
For some reason, not in the UK. :(

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20134735

Best wishes to those affected by Sandy in the US and Canada. :group:

Cal
by Cal
Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 20
Views: 3190

Re: What would you do?

Thanks David, helpful. :anjali:

Best wishes
Cal
by Cal
Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 20
Views: 3190

Re: What would you do?

Does anyone have any sutta references to back up the view that physical intervention is acceptable? I heard the Ajahn Sucitto story before and feel that it really highlights the value of Buddhist practice and the development of equanimty in dealing with aggression. Good on him. :bow: Best wishes Cal
by Cal
Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 20
Views: 3190

Re: What would you do?

The Buddha said erradicate ill-will, he didn't say get punched about! But he did say let yourself be sawn apart without ill will :- Monks, even if bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, he among you who let his heart get angered even at that would not be doing ...
by Cal
Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation is like... (put your similie here)
Replies: 46
Views: 5706

Re: Meditation is like... (put your similie here)

Meditation is like this.

(In an attempt to follow the style of Ajahn Sumedho)

Best wishes
Cal
by Cal
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A Discussion of Western Buddhist Monasticism
Replies: 39
Views: 8178

Re: A Discussion of Western Buddhist Monasticism

The only time I entertain the possibility that this is a degenerate age is when it turns out to cost money to go forth into homelessness. :goodpost: Re. Tudong in the UK, this is an interesting site produced by a now-former Forest Sangha monk : - http://www.blisteredfeet-blissfulmind.net/" onclick=...
by Cal
Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Metta vs Male/Female Argument
Replies: 14
Views: 1405

Metta vs Male/Female Argument

I have been following with astonishment the male/female arguments today. I normally use Dhamma Wheel as a source of sanity, compassion, inspiration and learning. I have found today's outbursts truly off-putting. I didn't want to cause offence so kept away from the discussion threads. But it now seem...
by Cal
Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is your favorite sutta and why ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1840

Re: What is your favorite sutta and why ?

First I read was the Kakacupama Sutta, specifically looking for the similie of the saw. It continues to inspire me to practice, such a long way to go... http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.021x.than.html Current "favourite" is the Kataññu Sutta, gratitude to parents. As a carer for my fath...
by Cal
Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: unethical job for greater good?
Replies: 14
Views: 1230

Re: unethical job for greater good?

As far as I'm concerned, selling the jewelry ... no matter how high the price ... is just business. I'm not sure about finding a categoric answer in the Suttas, but I'd hoped most people had learned something from the banking crisis, credit crunch etc. Maximising profit is not without its negative ...
by Cal
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Less Chatty Metta Bhavana?
Replies: 40
Views: 2972

Re: Less Chatty Metta Bhavana?

I certainly find long phrases distracting, and keep it to something like :- May they be well, may they be happy, may they be free from suffering repeated while focusing on the relevant person(s) for a period. In the past, I found instructions from the FWBO (sorry 'triratna') helpful. See this page o...
by Cal
Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: He trains himself...relinquishment
Replies: 24
Views: 2548

Re: He trains himself...relinquishment

Many thanks for all the varied suggestions.

Cal :anjali:
by Cal
Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: He trains himself...relinquishment
Replies: 24
Views: 2548

He trains himself...relinquishment

Just reading this sutta :- http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn54/sn54.008.than.html "Describing how a monk should meditate on the breath, there are typical repetitions in the format He trains himself, 'I will breathe in focusing on relinquishment.' He trains himself, 'I will breathe out fo...
by Cal
Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Success of Buddhism in the Western World
Replies: 11
Views: 1320

Re: The Success of Buddhism in the Western World

While I have heard and read some helpful things from Ajahn Brahm in the past, I feel his attempt to re-brand the 4 Noble Truths is a bit unfortunate. They've stood the test of time over the last 2500 years, so why re-write them now? I await his losing a couple of apparently unneccessary steps to mak...
by Cal
Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditating with noise
Replies: 15
Views: 1967

Re: Meditating with noise

In a short book on meditation, Ajahn Amaro relates a story about a meditation session in London attended by Ajahn Chah in the 1970s, where the quiet was disturbed by rock music from the pub opposite. When the hosts apologised for the disturbance, Ajahn Chah apparently said :- You think that the soun...
by Cal
Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: first trip to a monastery, some questions.
Replies: 14
Views: 813

Re: first trip to a monastery, some questions.

Hi There Sorry if this is stating the obvious. Like the Chithurst Monastery I regularly visit, the Abhayagiri website gives guidelines for visitors covering much of what you asked. Have a look at http://www.abhayagiri.org/main/content/C54" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; , and the vari...
by Cal
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Original Mind" and the atta
Replies: 6
Views: 831

Re: "Original Mind" and the atta

I can't help with your query, but think this might be the book you're looking for :- http://forestsanghapublications.org/viewBook.php?id=3&ref=deb" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Forest sangha have helpfully started making many of their books, previoulsy only obtainable from the monas...
by Cal
Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma
Replies: 9
Views: 643

Re: Karma

Seems very similiar to catholic original sin. ... Yes it matters to me because there are other buddhists who think that physical pain is like some sort of punishment. As a medically trained person I find that assertion quite offensive to the patients I have seen over the years - especially those wh...
by Cal
Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma
Replies: 9
Views: 643

Re: Karma

Does it matter?

The precise workings of Kamma is one of the 4 unconjecturables, that it's pointless speculating about according to the Buddha :-
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Best wishes
Cal
by Cal
Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: One more go
Replies: 18
Views: 1747

Re: One more go

Greg, The main UK Forest Sangha retreat centre near Hemel Hempstead, Amaravati, is really not far away if you're in London. http://www.amaravati.org/abmnew/index.php/about_us/getting_here/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; If you are looking for non-face-to-face tuition, there are huge ...
by Cal
Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monk's names
Replies: 13
Views: 5127

Re: Monk's names

I was wondering about this too.
Ben wrote:the first sylable of the name is derived from the day of the week the person was born on
Does anyone know which days relate to what syllables? Just idle curiosity...

Metta
Cal