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by bazzaman
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)
Replies: 16
Views: 483

Re: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)

I'm asking because this video would appear to contradict what I've learned, listening to certain talks by a highly respected monk, who said that most people, having lived out their human birth, end up in the ghost realm (or lower)... what do the suttas say, regarding this issue? I don't feel like s...
by bazzaman
Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: A collection of Early Buddhist material not found in the Pali Nikayas and Chinese Agamas
Replies: 12
Views: 898

Re: A collection of Early Buddhist material not found in the Pali Nikayas and Chinese Agamas

I must admit that I am not aware of the various convenient tools that Google provides. I'm a bit of a recluse in this digital world. "they" say that it all depends on your threat-level. Since there is no such thing anymore as complete privacy or security; it's a matter of trade-offs. Here's a site t...
by bazzaman
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: A collection of Early Buddhist material not found in the Pali Nikayas and Chinese Agamas
Replies: 12
Views: 898

Re: A collection of Early Buddhist material not found in the Pali Nikayas and Chinese Agamas

Hi Javi, I finally got around to downloading it. Was reluctant to before because trying to download from academia website with google account, it says it shares all my contacts in the address book with them. Thanks for sharing your notes, it looks cool. It might have changed, but I registered with ...
by bazzaman
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uposatha drinks
Replies: 7
Views: 836

Re: Uposatha drinks

Alobha Milk is a gray area in the vinaya, it is certainly allowable before noon, and while traveling, but Ghee (clarified butter) and cheese which at the time of the Buddha would of been more soft than hard (both milk products) are allowable,... [/quote] I think cheese (and also chocolate) is a Tha...
by bazzaman
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Theravadan Mala Beads
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: Theravadan Mala Beads

One previous thread: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=34840&p=520951#p520951
I think there have probably been others, if you care to search.
by bazzaman
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for Sri Lankan Monastery to practice Brahma-viharas
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Looking for Sri Lankan Monastery to practice Brahma-viharas

Bramavihara practice 'according to Visuddhimagga' would be taught at Sri Lankan monestaries that are aligned with the Pa-Auk Sayadaw. But these are usally taught after the yogi has developed samadhi with other practices. I have heard that the reason for this is that the objects are very subtle and d...
by bazzaman
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What's "Laughing Wisdom" ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

Re: What's "Laughing Wisdom" ?

Bit of a stretch, but I have heard of some Zen dudes "laughing their belly off" at a moment of awakening.
by bazzaman
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Metta practice in Thailand
Replies: 7
Views: 1297

Re: Metta practice in Thailand

Not in Thailand, but close... There has been an annual metta bhavana retreat in Myanmar for the past few years. It is conducted by U Indaka, a well-know Burmese teacher, and Ariya Baumann, a Swiss lay-teacher (formerly Daw Ariya Nani, a nun for over 20 years). I don't see a schedule for 2020; but if...
by bazzaman
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures
Replies: 43
Views: 3616

Re: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures

It's not easy to renounce the pleasures of the world. Even the Buddha found it difficult. "Even I myself, before my Awakening, when I was still an unawakened Bodhisatta, thought: 'Renunciation is good. Seclusion is good.' But my heart didn't leap up at renunciation, didn't grow confident, steadfast,...
by bazzaman
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: oatmeal sutta
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: oatmeal sutta

I did a bit of searching online and, from what I could find, it seems that oat was only recently introduced into India... i.e. in the 1970's. Oat is of Middle-Eastern origin, and most cultivation migrated to northwest Europe. There are articles in Indian publications decrying the recent food fad of ...
by bazzaman
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?
Replies: 48
Views: 2390

Re: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?

Extremist views are banned on this forum What is an extremist view? Generally it refers to views that blithely reject well-established facts. The views themselves may or may not be hateful, but they are always delusional. Such views seem like an innocuous theory, but they often aim at creating a na...
by bazzaman
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?
Replies: 48
Views: 2390

Re: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?

Sutta Central just announced new Anti-BDS legislation banning Antisemitism on their website. Fortunate you are not posting the above, there, to avoid the Gulag. I tried, but failed, to find this notice on https://suttacentral.net/. Could you perhaps provide a link. I find it strange that a site dev...
by bazzaman
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)
Replies: 10
Views: 1769

Re: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)

I believe that the practice of Buddhanusati used to be widely practised in Burma. The nine qualities of the Buddha were recited, and one bead of the rosary was rolled. These days people often used "clickers" instead of rosaries to do the counting. Just speculation... but the use of rosaries might ha...
by bazzaman
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Drinking Water in South & Southeast Asia
Replies: 14
Views: 1610

Re: Drinking Water in South & Southeast Asia

My first reaction to the heretical replies was "but... but... that can't be right!". So I did a search and it turns out that I've been labouring under a misconception for years.,, (granted it's a common misconception). I have been boiling tap water for 8/9 minutes and using that for making coffee an...
by bazzaman
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Drinking Water in South & Southeast Asia
Replies: 14
Views: 1610

Re: Drinking Water in South & Southeast Asia

Water from wells can be drunk. If the water was doubtful, then I used an electric heater and a tin mug. If there is no access to electricity, you can boil on the fire. I have used this type of electic coil heater; but only to boil water for tea, and the water was already clean. The problem with try...