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by manas
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Emotional intimacy only for couples? Why is it not needed?
Replies: 18
Views: 852

Re: Emotional intimacy only for couples? Why is it not needed?

After considering that monks/nuns also lead single and celibate lifes and live in fullilment, perhaps you can make me feel at ease in my grave concerns that emotional intimacy is needed to live a fulfilled life and what conditions may have to occur for this to be the case. The problem is that it's ...
by manas
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 132
Views: 18028

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

For some time since coming to the monastery I would compare my meditation here to when i was in lay life, and I would see that my meditation in lay life seemed much better, much more productive, calm, and peaceful. ... it's not easy. Seconding this, as a mere lay 8-precept monastery resident. It is...
by manas
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 132
Views: 18028

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

Forgive me but I have to ask... Have you enjoyed being able to watch the telly again? No, all the things I missed about lay-life seem to be not as good as I remembered them to be, when I was a monk. I should write about this actually, an update now that I've been back in the worldly world for 3 mon...
by manas
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?

My advice, for what it's worth, is to see this as a completely natural fact about the world, and accept it if you can. That's just what minds do. "That's just what minds do..." Thank you, this advice helped me to let go of the irritation, to stop the self-recrimination. No point getting angry at th...
by manas
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

http://i.imgur.com/jgb9MFr.jpg I recall it as going something like this: "Don't be someone, don't be a Sotapanna...(etc) ... ... Found two versions: “Don’t be an arahant, don’t be a bodhisattva, don’t be anything at all. If you are an arahant you will suffer, if you are a bodhisattva you will suffe...
by manas
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?
Replies: 3
Views: 190

What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

I recall it as going something like this: "Don't be someone, don't be a Sotapanna...(etc) (Italicization mine). It seems to be a very profound quote, and i recall reading it recently, but now when I try searching for the full and correct quote, I can't find it. If anyone could please assist, I'd muc...
by manas
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?

If you have followed this topic at all, please read this. I believe I may have not only overestimated my level of 'seeing', but worse still, misrepresented the Buddha - something serious, that I wish to formally apologize for. I can at least attest to this much: it reduces stress, not just by havin...
by manas
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubts about buddhist cosmology,sumeru,flat earth
Replies: 14
Views: 416

Re: Doubts about buddhist cosmology,sumeru,flat earth

Instead one should focus one's time and effort into verifying those verifiable teachings about kamma, anapanasati, 4NT, 8FNP, 12 DO, etc. in accordance with the spirit of the Gotami Sutta: As for the qualities of which you may know, 'These qualities lead to dispassion, not to passion; to being unfe...
by manas
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?

I'm finding my mind is even more unruly than usual. Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact this much, on our meditation practice? It's frustrating. I would have though that, my increased conviction in the Dhamma, would grant some level of 'immunity' from difficult external situations, but th...
by manas
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?

Hello all, I'm currently moving house. It's a pretty stressful time, still packing to do, could not afford to fix broken windows, so worried about agents taking all the bond to fix them, maybe they won't be satisfied with the cleanliness after I have left it also (I've strained my lower back, there ...
by manas
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What are the Karmic Effects of Lying?
Replies: 24
Views: 715

Re: What are the Karmic Effects of Lying?

Hello, I've been trying to compile a list of karma vipaka to help me keep the precepts better but I can't seem to find much information about what results from lying. Have you ever noticed how, if you discover that someone has lied to you often enough, and/or over a period of time, that you can get...
by manas
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A question about 'the fire clinging to it's fuel'
Replies: 19
Views: 694

Re: A question about 'the fire clinging to it's fuel'

Hello all, I have a question, about a simile i heard about. It's regarding craving being like a fire, and that an arahant is 'quenched' because this 'fire' of craving has 'gone out', which is the state of 'nibbana', the flame being 'blown out'. ... Have you read this? https://www.accesstoinsight.or...
by manas
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Let's emulate the Arahants, let's make everyday an "Uposatha day"
Replies: 39
Views: 1151

Re: Let's emulate the Arahants, let's make everyday an "Uposatha day"

The only thing I can certain about is my Faith, I love the Buddha so much that when think about him I often cry :heart: It can indeed happen. When I contemplate how distorted my view of reality was before, and how thanks to the Buddha's efforts in teaching the Dhamma, those who carefully handed tho...
by manas
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Let's emulate the Arahants, let's make everyday an "Uposatha day"
Replies: 39
Views: 1151

Re: Let's emulate the Arahants, let's make everyday an "Uposatha day"

Here's a helpful quote “Now what do you think, Soṇa? Before, when you were a house-dweller, were you skilled at playing the vīṇā?” “Yes, lord.” “And what do you think? When the strings of your vīṇā were too taut, was your vīṇā in tune & playable?” “No, lord.” “And what do you think? When the strings...
by manas
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Could someone help with finding chanting text of anatta-lakkhana sutta?
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Re: Could someone help with finding chanting text of anatta-lakkhana sutta?

Hello all, I have trouble searching for things on the net sometimes, in this instance, I'd appreciate some assistance finding the pali text with the exact wording of the anatta-lakkhana sutta (pancavaggi sutta) in the version used, when it is to be chanted. Asking here will by faster than trying to...