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by manas
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking the 5th precept. How it leads to suffering
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Breaking the 5th precept. How it leads to suffering

By chance, I just came across this video; from about 33:00 or soon after (I find it hard to pinpoint the exact spot), Ajahn Achalo begins talking about the 5th precept (although the entire talk is excellent). I think he explains this issue better than I.

by manas
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking the 5th precept. How it leads to suffering
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Breaking the 5th precept. How it leads to suffering

Still very new to the dhamma. While girlfriend is away on her first retreat, I decided to tey and step my pracrice up to 2 hours a day. Since I have been practicing very 'surface level' techniques in the past, i have not seen much progress, but this time i tried to follow a 2 hour daily meditation ...
by manas
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:17 pm
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: 14
Views: 213

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

There is a saying: Close only counts in horseshoes and handgrenades. There is another saying: Close....but no cigar. You can google them if you don't know what they mean. A near death experience is close to death....but.....being close to death doesn't count as being dead....being close to death is...
by manas
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:14 pm
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: 14
Views: 213

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

I don't watch videos. I would not worry about NDE descriptions. Our present experience is relative and so is NDE experience. We don't understand our present existence and we don't understand rebirth, how should we be able to understand NDE? Worldly science certainly can explain but worldly science ...
by manas
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:06 pm
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: 14
Views: 213

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

Hi Manas, I don't understand why you watch this type of video, there are probably a lot of them on the internet but I never watch them myself. Death will happen to us all eventually - and in the meantime one is dealing with life in the here and now. Also, "kamma" isn't some kind of cosmic punishmen...
by manas
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:54 pm
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: 14
Views: 213

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

I have pondered this question for a while and an still unsure exactly what I think about it. Regardless, I don’t think any of the NDE experiences you mentioned preclude rebirth in the apaya lokā. In fact, there are several accounts of negative NDEs that start off benignly but proceed to get progres...
by manas
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:46 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: 14
Views: 213

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

Regarding the video below, I have a few ideas, as to why the Near Death Experiences related in the video I've posted, seem to be overwhelmingly positive for those who went through them - which would imply, one does not have to be a Buddhist (or have right view?) to have a good, peaceful death - and ...
by manas
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: VLOG#29: The Ultimate Comeback Kid
Replies: 19
Views: 361

Re: VLOG#29: The Ultimate Comeback Kid

Talisman25 wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:55 pm


With utmost gratitude and metta. 🙏
Thank you for posting this video.

These instructions have educated & inspired me. I thank Ven. Samahita for taking the time to make this; I know he's passed away, but still, I thank him. He has helped me.

🙏
by manas
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 313

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

Hi Manas Sorry to hear about your ill health. The good news is it is five to ten years away. You can improve your health within 12 weeks if you have a good diet and an exercise plan. Add Satipathana to that as well. I wish you all the best. All good, the diet is going well, I should do more walking...
by manas
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 313

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

bodom wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:53 pm

Hi manas,

Have you read Analayo's Mindfully Facing Disease and Death?

It can be read here for free:

https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg ... edeath.pdf

:anjali:
Thank you! I look forward to some insightful reading :reading: :anjali:
by manas
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 313

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

Perhaps death meditation is suitable for people who are indulging in sensual pleasures. i searched for this meditation, specifically because I have a couple of serious health conditions, and while I am trying to heal from them, it's not guaranteed I will; a heart specialist implied I might need ope...
by manas
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 313

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

Ven. Vijithananda argues that death meditation is a form of Samatha practice even though it may help Vipassna in a later stage. Death is a future event. We do not know how it is going to happen. It is not practical to contemplate on what is not happen. If you are walking contemplate walking not dea...
by manas
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Was Sariputta a liar? (jhāna, kāya, sukha contradictions in Theravada history)
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: Was Sariputta a liar? (jhāna, kāya, sukha contradictions in Theravada history)

I think whoever wrote that 'excerpt' (that paragraph quoted within the OP, I'd rather not repeat it) should be more careful with their words. I am not, of course, presuming anyone has a negative mindset here, just that that 'excerpt' is badly worded; if there are doubts, there are better ways in whi...
by manas
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 313

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

bodom wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:46 pm
Thank you for posting.

:anjali:
Most welcome 🙏 For those of us who might have a serious health condition, while it's of course important to do our best to heal, I think it's also a good idea to prepare. In any case, this process is going to happen to all of us, at some time.
by manas
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 313

Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

I feel grateful for finding this on Youtube. If it's better posted elsewhere, I'm happy for it to be moved there, I just wanted to share it with everyone else. 🙏 Ven. Anālayo's voice is very soothing also, and his depth of knowledge inspires confidence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Yi8d0mqxk :a...