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by m0rl0ck
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 78
Views: 850

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

I am troubled by the proliferation of anti-Muslim Topics and posts here. I have to assume the majority of Members also disagree with such posts. We need to take a stand against this, because it damages the perception of Buddhism, especially at a time when Buddhists are persecuting Rohingya Muslims....
by m0rl0ck
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way
Replies: 55
Views: 1032

Re: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way

You could apply the same critique you apply to the no-work hippy-dippy Daoist to the vinaya-observing monastic. Hardly ... alcohol is banned to the monastic, and following the path is hard work! The taoist license to act with "wu wei", to act without "without effort" and "without control", seems a ...
by m0rl0ck
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way
Replies: 55
Views: 1032

Re: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way

The Stephen Mitchell translation is the one i have read the most (have worn out two copies and my current one has dog eared pages and is missing the back and front covers) but i recently started reading the Red Pine translation. Comparing them sheds more light on the spirit of the thing. Red Pine: 1...
by m0rl0ck
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 398

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Trying to meditate. The mind simply does not stay on the breath for a simple 5 seconds. I have been doing this for months. What is wrong with me? Vipassana has to be done after achieving some level of samadhi, right? I guess they recommend at least the first jhana before u do vipassana. I am nowher...
by m0rl0ck
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 21
Views: 373

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

*sigh* Just reading the newsweek article and while doing so realized that, as is usually the case with physics discoveries, its probably just a matter of time until someone comes up with a way to weaponize asymmetry.
by m0rl0ck
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The bare face of American kleptocratic imperialism
Replies: 61
Views: 1283

Re: The bare face of American kleptocratic imperialism

Im an American citizen and i never fail to be surprised at the astonishment the depth of the USAs moral depravity engenders. After slavery, genocide and human experimentation on unsuspecting American citizens, seriously whats left? The philosophy of manifest destiny guides the morality of my country...
by m0rl0ck
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 89
Views: 2619

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

I was fairly alarmed about the environment when i was younger, but that pretty much subsided into resignation. I dont beleive that we as a species have the ability to constrain ourselves, not assigning any blame, we are just biologically programmed to use all the available resources. As an example a...
by m0rl0ck
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?
Replies: 18
Views: 954

Re: Someone practicing Dhyana only ?

I would love to meet the master who can do only samatha, i dont think normal mortals even have the ability. As soon as the mind gets a little calmer, insight into self and the nature of reality is a by product and the calmer the mind gets the greater the degree of insight. "samatha only" is a mere c...
by m0rl0ck
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 73208

Re: LP Sumedho "consciousness is permanent" - thoughts?

Well if its there when ever you look anyway, whats the difference? I think the questioner (and some of the listeners, judging by the reaction) thought that the "permanent" version sounds a bit like eternalism ( sassatavada ) Ah right. I forgot that for some its more about verifying preconceptions t...
by m0rl0ck
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 73208

Re: LP Sumedho "consciousness is permanent" - thoughts?

Well if its there when ever you look anyway, whats the difference?
by m0rl0ck
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 73208

Re: LP Sumedho "consciousness is permanent" - thoughts?

Ok, maybe im just thick, but i fail to understand the practical, meaningful difference between "continous" and "permanent" (in this case). If its happening now and now is the only moment that can be experienced, somebody please explain to me how "continous" and "permanent" matter. EDIT: Correction, ...
by m0rl0ck
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 8
Views: 342

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

Ok then :) Individuality - at best a convenience for dealing with consciousness on a level that cant be accessed in other ways and by individuality i mean the sense of singular identity. Nonduality - a meaningless concept. Same for its opposite duality. It seems to me that polar opposites of this ki...
by m0rl0ck
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditator with some experience beginning anapanasati
Replies: 40
Views: 7466

Re: Meditator with some experience beginning anapanasati

...That is how i started. With "who is this?". After a while the question kind of disappears and opens up and becomes tacit and is more of an attitude of inquiry. You might want to say that you practice with an attitude of inquiry. Using a specific, technical term like "huatou" in this fashion is c...
by m0rl0ck
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditator with some experience beginning anapanasati
Replies: 40
Views: 7466

Re: Meditator with some experience beginning anapanasati

What the OP describes does not sound like a huatou (Chinese) or hwadu (Korean) or huatou practice. A huatou is a short phrase or question used in Zen practice, It may be the point of a koan or taken from koan which is a longer story. It may be created by the teacher or student or taken from literat...
by m0rl0ck
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: i'm a buddhist alcoholic
Replies: 39
Views: 1623

Re: i'm a buddhist alcoholic

Me too :) Havent had a drink since Oct. 2, 1991. Find a meeting, do the steps. There are also more buddhist recovery meetings around these days. http://www.refugerecovery.org/ There also may be local sanghas in your area that have recovery meetings. Imo tho, there is no substitute for the steps, you...
by m0rl0ck
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where Did I Go?
Replies: 23
Views: 856

Re: Where Did I Go?

Didnt there used to be an edit button?

Anyway about the disconcerting part, yeah it can be disconcerting, kind of fun too tho isnt it? :)

EDIT: The edit button showed up after i posted this, all i saw before the was the quote button.
by m0rl0ck
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?
Replies: 38
Views: 1154

Re: Should mentally troubled people stay away from Buddhism?

Geez who isnt mentally troubled? At least by buddhist definitions. Maybe the enlightened, personally idk if i ever met one tho.
by m0rl0ck
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Spot the alleged connection
Replies: 44
Views: 1057

Re: Spot the alleged connection

Please note that this section is called: Connections to Other Paths Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies? Clearly, other paths will differ from Theravāda, otherwise they would be Theravāda. The point of this section is...
by m0rl0ck
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 928

Re: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

See Phillip Kapleau's "Three Pillars of Zen".

If you are interested in zen / chan, this is a good start

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eleft.html
by m0rl0ck
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Where Did I Go?
Replies: 23
Views: 856

Re: Where Did I Go?

I've been meditating for about ten years now but lately I get to a point where I have a very still mind, no thoughts and no awareness of my body. There's a feeling of losing myself, like there is no me anymore. It's very disconcerting. Just wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences. Are ...