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by octathlon
Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Discussion of Nuclear Power and Safety
Replies: 274
Views: 31367

Re: Discussion of Nuclear Power and Safety

Yes, we need to be sure not to just forget about this issue as "yesterday's news". From Kim's link: What happens now? In the short term, workers will continue to cool the reactors and clean up as much contamination as possible. But in the longer term they will have to actually remove the uranium fro...
by octathlon
Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Obama: 'Long War in Iraq' Will Finish by End of 2011
Replies: 4
Views: 458

Obama: 'Long War in Iraq' Will Finish by End of 2011

Finally:
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by octathlon
Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Enlightenment or delusion - How to tell the difference?
Replies: 16
Views: 1322

Re: Enlightenment or delusion - How to tell the difference?

I agree with the OP in that everyone who has ever overcome any type of delusion can easily extrapolate and reach this conclusion. Why should we believe that we have the capability to overcome all delusion? It seems impossible. But the Buddha said enlightenment is possible. I don't know whether I bel...
by octathlon
Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Your clever body: Thinking from head to toe
Replies: 7
Views: 953

Re: Your clever body: Thinking from head to toe

Very interesting article & lots of good references. Kinesthetic memory Kinesthetic sense allows people to feel internally the movements of their muscles, joints and tendons. Thus, all physical activity, such activities as walking or bicycling, draws on kinesthetic memory to automate movement. As pla...
by octathlon
Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:21 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization
Replies: 97
Views: 21903

Re: Satipatthana: The direct path to realization

Thanks for conducting this study topic, Samvega. I will be following along. :reading:
by octathlon
Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street
Replies: 197
Views: 15266

Re: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

The difficulty is in deciding just when an incrementally-worsening situation must be opposed and when dialogue has actually 'failed'. Have we reached that? Way past that, now to the point of total paralysis and inability to govern. And near-total corruption. The final nail in the coffin: http://www...
by octathlon
Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street
Replies: 197
Views: 15266

Re: The Buddha and Occupy Wall Street

Like you, Cooran, I'm not sure the Buddha would approve of the particular form of the present protests. But I do think he would agree that the present state of affairs justifies some kind of push for change. What is your objection (or what do you say the Buddha would have disapproved of)? Here in t...
by octathlon
Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 15527

Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

FYI: I am a "she". :smile: Even with different schools, I figure the Dhamma is the Dhamma and we eventually find the approach that fits for us. For me, I have always been interested in Buddhism and read about Zen years ago-- because that used to be pretty much what all the books were about, pre-inte...
by octathlon
Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 15527

Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

No offence intended since I do not find any advantage in identification with a tradition but I find it completely inconsistent to claim to follow Theravada but then practice with another tradition. I'm not really concerned with meeting criteria for a particular label. I'm more concerned about havin...
by octathlon
Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 15527

Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

tiltbillings wrote:
octathlon wrote:Thank you, Tilt. :)
tiltbillings wrote:It worth a shot and just looking into it will be an interesting experience and worth doing.
:sage:
If you get a chance to meet with these teachers, let us know how it went.
OK. I will have to think about it for a while though, I don't jump into these things very easily.
by octathlon
Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 15527

Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Thank you, Tilt. :)
tiltbillings wrote:It worth a shot and just looking into it will be an interesting experience and worth doing.
:sage:
by octathlon
Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 15527

Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

The only Buddhist center I can find anywhere near me (30 miles) is Zen, which as Alex pointed out is a very different approach. Maybe it is different, especially is a koan type practice, but if they do Soto practice, you might find a home there. If there is a teacher at the Zen place, talk to him o...
by octathlon
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 15527

Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Another variation on this question I would be interested in is: As a practitioner of Theravadin Buddhism, is it preferable to go to a teacher of another school such as Zen rather than have no in-person teacher at all? Would all the differences in approach, beliefs and practices just cause more conf...
by octathlon
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: wave
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: wave

:smile: :hello:
by octathlon
Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 15527

Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

There were several posts directed to me earlier, and I have just been too tired to write out responses. But I just want to let those people know, I did read them closely and I appreciate the advice, thanks!
by octathlon
Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 15527

Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

OK I guess this will be another one of those threads of a couple people repeating their same argument over and over for 10 pages. So, maybe a teacher is required, maybe not. OK.

What about going to a teacher of a different school and getting confused vs. meditating on your own vs. not at all?
by octathlon
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tata develops a car to run on Air!
Replies: 11
Views: 1051

Re: Tata develops a car to run on Air!

It should indeed be cheap to run and reduce pollution in the cities - both good - but it is essentially another 'long tail pipe' technology, like hydrogen, in that the power source, really, is mains electricity - the compressed air is a way of storing that energy. Until the mains electricity is gen...
by octathlon
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 15527

Re: does anyone here do kasina meditation?

Having a "teacher" is ideal but is not an absolute requirement. Having good experienced friends to discuss your practice with such as here at Dhamma Wheel is a blessing. Please dont give up your sitting practice because you dont have access to a teacher. Mindfulness of breathing can be undertaken b...
by octathlon
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?
Replies: 116
Views: 15527

Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

To be honest, "required" is not a word I would use. I apologise if it appears I am eel-wriggling. That's OK, I know it's not necessarily a simple yes or no question. :) I have seen some people excel on their own but I have seen many more who, in the absence of teacher or retreat, misunderstanding s...