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by manas
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Amazing drop in BP by visualizing Buddha & chanting 'Budho'
Replies: 3
Views: 163

Amazing drop in BP by visualizing Buddha & chanting 'Budho'

I have chronically high blood pressure, am taking medication for it, and have made many dietary changes to heal it. Nevertheless, it's still too high most days. Anyway, I was at the chemist getting something, and I used their blood pressure machine. The first reading was quite high, I'd rather not s...
by manas
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6119
Views: 558412

Re: the great rebirth debate

I never bothered to post in this topic, because I always accepted the doctrine of literal rebirth. However, I have recently realized that, despite all the amazing and truthful things in the Pali suttas as they have come down to us, this is one which can't be directly, objectively known (along with ...
by manas
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6119
Views: 558412

Re: the great rebirth debate

I never bothered to post in this topic, because I always accepted the doctrine of literal rebirth. However, I have recently realized that, despite all the amazing and truthful things in the Pali suttas as they have come down to us, this is one which can't be directly, objectively known (along with d...
by manas
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sports gambling
Replies: 10
Views: 441

Re: Sports gambling

I don't think throwing money away is unwholesome in and of itself, but it's certainly unwise. I know someone who is so addicted to gambling, that as far as I know, he cannot walk away until whatever money he still has (earmarked for that activity) is gone. Recently he actually won a substantial amou...
by manas
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 29
Views: 1277

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

Yes, it generates pamāda, which is carelessness. If it's delighted in, a cycle of addiction comes into play. Renouncing it is the only way to ensure that craving for sounds will cease. Nibbāna is the goal of buddhism and it is the destruction of craving. For a person to indulge in sensual pleasures...
by manas
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't truly know what the Buddha actually said.
Replies: 22
Views: 583

We can't truly know what the Buddha actually said.

I have often wondered why many suttas begin with the phrase, "thus have I heard", and I believe it is a means to ensure complete truthfulness. The only people who could definitively claim to know what the historical Buddha actually said, are those who were there at the time - the rest of us, must re...
by manas
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 1206

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

Thanks, Mike. I will check it out. :anjali:
by manas
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 1206

Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

Since the sad demise of the 'Lounge' section, I don't know where to post this, but as I'm finding the information herein depressing, I will place it here under 'health'. Through I try, I cannot refute what Sam Harris says in this talk. I hope someone listens to the talk in it's entirety, but I will ...
by manas
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 29
Views: 1277

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

Everaldo wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:16 pm
Listening to music generates demerit (bad deeds, bad kamma)? Listening to music breaks the precepts of virtue? Who listens to music becomes a bad person? Does listening to music generate demerit as much as killing and stealing?
Says who, please? First I've heard of it.
by manas
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?
Replies: 229
Views: 36611

Re: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?

You do not want others to go through the same consequences -- OK. But they will. So, why want something you can't control? My father is an alcoholic. Should I break down into tears every time he drinks? Hi Individual. I dont think wishing a substance abuser wellness necessitates anguish when it doe...
by manas
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: perfection vs practicality
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: perfection vs practicality

Striving for perfection, takes time and thus patience with oneself. However, beware of perfectionism, as in my experience, it ultimately hinders, rather than nurtures, progress.
by manas
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 4039

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

I have read on this forum that smoking tobacco ciggarettes is not a breach of the 5th precept. Others disagree. Is smoking tobacco a breach of the 5th precept or not? How about e-ciggarettes (vaping)? Does smoking tobacco, or e-cigarettes, cause you to become intoxicated and thus liable to act heed...
by manas
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: does anyone know of good asubha resources?
Replies: 65
Views: 12749

Re: does anyone know of good asubha resources?

https://vimeo.com/220461359 Good asubha resource? Perhaps, but seeing that original image on this Forum, could trigger lust among some males. I know the intention is good, but this image is a bit intense, imo; perhaps a link to the video would be more appropriate, rather than just scrolling down th...
by manas
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jordan Peterson - Developing Your Inner Psychopath
Replies: 16
Views: 2628

Re: Jordan Peterson - Developing Your Inner Psychopath

The Buddha would just advice that timid person to become an Anagami, so they don`t have any more fear or hate arising ever in their mind :). Regards. That might take some time, though. In the meantime, we do need to have the courage to stand up for ourselves, otherwise people tend to just walk all ...
by manas
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a wrong way to becoming a Buddhist?
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: Is there a wrong way to becoming a Buddhist?

Hi MrKoala, the website 'Access to Insight' is full of useful information for beginners and more advanced alike: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ Be patient with yourself. Seeing more clearly takes time for most. In my case, it's taken many years; I only just recently realized that yes, I believe wh...