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by bazzaman
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Islam - "There is no compulsion in religion", Yea, Right
Replies: 16
Views: 357

Re: Islam - "There is no compulsion in religion", Yea, Right

binocular wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:49 pm

But if she does go to the shariah courts, chances are they'll sentence her to death for apostasy, right?
No, there is no death penalty for apostasy in Malaysia. The two ultra-religious states tried to get such a law passed a few years ago; but there's no desire for it in the country as a whole.
by bazzaman
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 34
Views: 965

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

Leaving aside the sacred/profane question... I have found that reading of any kind while sitting on the toilet is detrimental to the functioning of ones innards. Maybe best to just concentrate on the job at hand...
by bazzaman
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Brazil Scientist Has New Theory for Universe’s Origin, with No Big Bang
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: Brazil Scientist Has New Theory for Universe’s Origin, with No Big Bang

“Bouncing cosmology inspired by regular black holes,” ....... the universe expands and contracts in a cyclical way.
Sounds like he's blaming it on the bossa nova.
by bazzaman
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Detox
Replies: 16
Views: 820

Re: Detox

Your body is already equipped to detoxify itself, that's your liver's main task. Getting rid of 'toxins' (whichever they may be) through various detox products is a multi-million dollar business that seriously lacks any scientific justification. A professor of complementary medicine agrees: http://...
by bazzaman
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Home Weightlifting Workouts Without a Bench
Replies: 9
Views: 626

Re: Home Weightlifting Workouts Without a Bench

Alexander____ wrote:You can get very far with no equipment at all. I've met guys in prison who only do press ups, pullups, dips in different variations and are ripped/huge.
http://bit.ly/2fMPKwO "felon fitness" on YouTube
by bazzaman
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Theravada center with emphasis on Metta
Replies: 6
Views: 1070

Re: Theravada center with emphasis on Metta

My information is also dated... haven't been to Burma since '05. I do not doubt that Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw was famous for his metta; but from my experience of a couple of retreats at S.O.M.Tawya, there was no metta practice taught there... only cittanupassana. There could, of course, have been beings ...
by bazzaman
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee
Replies: 39
Views: 2275

Re: Bay Area dhamma instructors compatible with Thanissaro/Lee

[...Last fall, TG did speak at Shaila's weekly meditation group in the same week he gave a day-long teaching at IMC (Redwood City, under the auspices of the "Sati Institute").[/quote] Hi cj, I remember you posting about this talk last fall, and I kept looking for it to appear on her website. So far ...
by bazzaman
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mala beads
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Re: Mala beads

I once asked a Burmese man how he used his mala, and was told that it was for Buddhanusati. I wish I had questioned a bit deeper; but unfortunately I did not. Speculating on how it might work: if one bead was moved for each of the nine characteristics of the Buddha (http://bit.ly/2mW6ujI ) then one ...
by bazzaman
Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A manual of the Dhamma by Ledi Sayadaw
Replies: 17
Views: 702

Re: A manual of the Dhamma by Ledi Sayadaw

Thanks for that explanation, Bhante. It is a relief to hear that the traditional view conforms with what I had gleaned from my (albeit non-scholarly) reading of the sutta pitaka. The "controversy" existed only in my mind; since I had been sitting on the question for some years now. BTW... according ...
by bazzaman
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A manual of the Dhamma by Ledi Sayadaw
Replies: 17
Views: 702

Re: A manual of the Dhamma by Ledi Sayadaw

These noble individuals can also be laypeople, even non-human (see many instances in the Pali Canon). It is this community that is meant by saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. So there is no obligation to take refuge in the monk. . There is some controversy on this point... at least amongst some Western teac...
by bazzaman
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 54
Views: 1691

Re: Academic ridiculousness

I can't say I follow all the nuances of this thread... basically I'm just an old deplorable. But I see some similarities with the talking-heads that Nassim Taleb (@nntaleb) has dubbed the IYI (intellectual yet idiot). "The IYI seems ubiquitous in our lives but is still a small minority and is rarely...
by bazzaman
Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I never will be enlightened - The Triumph of Narcissism: Theravada Buddhist Meditation in the Marketplace
Replies: 14
Views: 1296

Re: I never will be enlightened - The Triumph of Narcissism: Theravada Buddhist Meditation in the Marketplace

Just a tangent:... I listened to about half of the podcast; but it didn't stimulate anything in my current areas of interest. I did however like the next podcast: The Mindful Cranks episode 4 entitled "The Happiness Industry" with Will Davies. http://bit.ly/2jXrxRO
by bazzaman
Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Conflicting advice on Pali pronounciation
Replies: 9
Views: 924

Re: Conflicting advice on Pali pronounciation

Caodemarte wrote:The usual answer, because we don't have one, is to try to talk like one of the national news announcers..
So, like a Canadian, eh?
by bazzaman
Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta References Compilation
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: Sutta References Compilation

I was trying to find sutta references to a theme on "attraction... danger... and release" which I dimly remembered as being a topic in more than one sutta. I searched the terms in a few sites (including accesstoinsight.org) without any luck, but finally hit paydirt with Wikipitaka (http://bit.ly/2eE...
by bazzaman
Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: anger/exercise/heart-attack
Replies: 1
Views: 448

anger/exercise/heart-attack

Probably no surprise to meditators who know the unpleasant sensations associated with anger, but this new study finds that extreme exercise while in a state of anger can triple the risk of heart-attack.
http://bit.ly/2dggkKO
by bazzaman
Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:55 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: First Do No Harm
Replies: 83
Views: 5432

Re: First Do No Harm

bit of a tangent, but... re: oaths/belief etc. here's a link to a BBC "In Our Time" podcast on the subject. : http://bit.ly/2dizW35
by bazzaman
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:46 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Breath as concept vs breath as touch and movement?
Replies: 22
Views: 1655

Re: Breath as concept vs breath as touch and movement?

Don't know if this distinction might be helpful; but, as I understand it, according to Vsm. the meditation on the four great elements can only lead to access concentration. This because they are ultimate reality, and are always changing. Attention to touch and movement is taking the characteristics ...
by bazzaman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists
Replies: 21
Views: 2629

Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Lots of scholarly articles to be found in The Journal of Buddhist Ethics: http://bit.ly/2cLUh1d
I don't know how many of the contributors are also practitioners. One of the founders, Charles Prebish, was. I suspect that some of the current editors are also meditators... e.g. Erik Braun.
by bazzaman
Sat Aug 27, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 131056

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

The Dhammakaya propaganda machinery, and the persistence of Dhammakayauncovered Editorial is incredible. It is evident that the Wikipedia page of the DSI has been entirely written by them :lol: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_Special_Investigation Most of the links at the References lea...
by bazzaman
Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:28 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Urine use
Replies: 57
Views: 7308

Re: Urine use

Some years ago I did retreats at a well known forest monastery in Burma. There were a lot of foreign monks and yogis there; and so, in addition to traditional Burmese folk-medicine, Chinese traditional medical views, and Western 'new age' views were in circulation. Malaria was common there; and urin...