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by dumb bonbu
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Craving for Non-Existence
Replies: 41
Views: 4216

Re: Craving for Non-Existence

can't really add much on top of the answer provided by BBB. i think several sutta quotes indicate that Nibbana doesn't amount to non-existance: "There is that dimension where there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind; neither dimension of the infinitude of space, nor dimension of the inf...
by dumb bonbu
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Venerable Dhammanando away for a few days, unwell (update 3)
Replies: 75
Views: 7442

Re: Venerable Dhammanando away for a few days, unwell

May you be healthy
May you be strong
May you be cared for
and make a quick recovery

wishing you well Venerable
by dumb bonbu
Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Vipassana - to begin or not to begin?
Replies: 7
Views: 862

Re: Vipassana - to begin or not to begin?

cool, i'll make a tentative start then! It is best to go on a course, and spend some time giving it a go under the guidance of a teacher and/or a structured program. However, there is plenty you can do in the meantime. yes, this is what i'm hoping to do next year, this year however i'm going to be m...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Vipassana - to begin or not to begin?
Replies: 7
Views: 862

Vipassana - to begin or not to begin?

hi folk, in need of a little advice. first a bit of background info...i started reading the Pali Canon this year in the hope it would enrichen my understanding and appreciation of the tradition i practice (Jodo Shinshu, Pure Land) and in a way, it is doing. but i'm feeling drawn to Theravada the mor...
by dumb bonbu
Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!
Replies: 48
Views: 8060

Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

congrats! :toast:
by dumb bonbu
Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How do you spend your leisure time?
Replies: 18
Views: 4923

Re: How do you spend your leisure time?

that's beautiful Annabel!

i like reading - Dhamma related, poetry, fiction anything goes really. listening to jazz (Miles especially) and other types of music. forums! visiting friends inside and outside the UK...erm, sure there's more but i can't think of it lol. :smile:
by dumb bonbu
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How necessary is Abhidhamma study?
Replies: 26
Views: 5161

Re: How necessary is Abhidhamma study?

hmm, i'm not sure if i'd used the word excessive though there a lot of terms and groupings that i often lose my way in. redundant...imo, i've found it helpful...i never really got a grip on rebirth (ofcourse, i don't mean to imply that i somehow now have complete understanding, i realise i have a lo...
by dumb bonbu
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How necessary is Abhidhamma study?
Replies: 26
Views: 5161

Re: How necessary is Abhidhamma study?

i find it useful for mindfulness in day to day life. i was, and still am to tell the truth, a bit daunted by it but i think if you take it steadily then it's not quite as intimidating as you may initially believe.
by dumb bonbu
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Which 3 books?
Replies: 6
Views: 1159

Re: Which 3 books?

3? that's tough!!!

The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Basho
The Tannisho - Shinran
In the Buddha's Words - Bhikkhu Bodhi
by dumb bonbu
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: MN 135 - help me clear some things up!
Replies: 25
Views: 2869

Re: MN 135 - help me clear some things up!

hi Chris, thankyou for the essays.... it should be a quiet nightshift tonight so i'm sure i'll have the chance to read them then Annabel, thankyou for your perspective...highlighting both verses and casting them in another understanding for me is most helpful! Element, interesting points...perhaps w...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I'm all in
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: I'm all in

i saw in the new year playing poker with my housemates who helped teach me the rules. i'm not a gambling/wagering person - i've never bought a lotterey ticket, bet on horses, anything. we played with super small stakes about 3 quid each and i thoroughly enjoyed it. i quit at about 3am having really ...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: MN 135 - help me clear some things up!
Replies: 25
Views: 2869

Re: MN 135 - help me clear some things up!

hi Chris thankyou for your clarification, most helpful. so being intentionally miserly is the thing to consider in the context of verse 13. but are there suttas where the Buddha speaks of dana in the sense of helping those less fortunate than ourselves? or is cultivation of dana more often than not,...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: MN 135 - help me clear some things up!
Replies: 25
Views: 2869

MN 135 - help me clear some things up!

hi folks, okay so where my understanding is lacking is in verses 13 and 15 - 13. "Here, student, some woman or man is not a giver of food, drink, cloth, sandals, garlands, perfumes, unguents, bed, roof and lighting to monks or brahmans. Due to having performed and completed such kamma, on the dissol...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:00 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: OMG it's a rebirth thread
Replies: 50
Views: 5489

Re: OMG it's a rebirth thread

Greetings dumb bonbu, beginner's question - i'm slowly making my way through Abhidhamma in Daily Life, where i'm starting to learn about cittas and that no two cittas arise together, rather a citta rises, fades and then another immediately follows. judging by what you've said though Individual, i t...
by dumb bonbu
Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:49 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: OMG it's a rebirth thread
Replies: 50
Views: 5489

Re: OMG it's a rebirth thread

Continuation of causality, however. Not atta or vinnana. Ayu (vitality) and vinnana (consciousness) cease at death, without remainder. beginner's question - i'm slowly making my way through Abhidhamma in Daily Life, where i'm starting to learn about cittas and that no two cittas arise together, rat...
by dumb bonbu
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For Those Who Know
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: For Those Who Know

lol, where'd you find it Will if you don't mind me asking? :clap:
by dumb bonbu
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and Zen - a comparative analysis
Replies: 74
Views: 20387

Re: Theravada and Zen - a comparative analysis

i think any Mahayana tradition stands to learn a great deal from the Path of the Elders, that's why i'm here. i'll confess i don't know a great deal about Zen...other than having read Suzuki's The Zen Doctrine of No Mind when i was much younger (probably too young to pick up on a great deal of it if...
by dumb bonbu
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Great site guys.
Replies: 7
Views: 982

Re: Great site guys.

pleased to meet you adeh :hello:
by dumb bonbu
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hello folks
Replies: 11
Views: 1647

Re: hello folks

is that a rothko?
sure is! :smile:
by dumb bonbu
Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:48 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 6
Views: 1041

Re: Hello

hi Jesse, pleased to meet you :hello: