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by manas
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 18
Views: 296

Re: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

There are four modes of progress: Slow and painful Slow but not painful Fast but painful Fast and not painful Pain and suffering depends on how strong the craving is, speed depends on how well developed the five powers are: i.e. faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. Thanks, Bhante....
by manas
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: should I marry or be single?
Replies: 61
Views: 2043

Re: should I marry or be single?

:rofl: Most average western white males don't have any choice but to remain single. Most? Do you have any specific figures you are basing this on? No and I regret making that statement. I was just assuming there might be many other socially awkward, solitary and mild men out there like me who aren'...
by manas
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: should I marry or be single?
Replies: 61
Views: 2043

Re: should I marry or be single?

I dont think I can have xx.. so xx is not a matter for me. it dont bother me anymore. but I still have cravings. so basically should I marry? I dont have gf before or present as I know surely I will lose them one day and attachment to them is already seen as suffering so no need to buy excess stres...
by manas
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Precepts
Replies: 29
Views: 4216

Re: 8 Precepts

Strained fruit juice is allowed, so I'd think that vegetable (strained) juice would also be acceptable, but not sure. I'd have to look up the exact wording of the bhikkhu precept. Considering the allowable tonics, strained veggie juice should be allowed. Thank you, that would actually benefit my he...
by manas
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Precepts
Replies: 29
Views: 4216

Re: 8 Precepts

Thank you for your long reply. I'll probably get there someday. If not in this life then in the next. :) I wish you well, just wanted to mention (in case the last thing you wrote was a pressing concern for you), the main point is to see the Dhamma before we depart this world (even at the very last ...
by manas
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Precepts
Replies: 29
Views: 4216

Re: 8 Precepts

There are a lot of different interpretations in regard to food after the noon hour. But in my opinion, food means food; so no milk, no 'liquefied food' either. The only allowable items to be ingested in my opinion and in my practice are tea, water, and sometimes fruit juice, but fruit juice only if...
by manas
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Listening to an inspiring sutta (or doing meditation) before bedtime, aids a good sleep!
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Listening to an inspiring sutta (or doing meditation) before bedtime, aids a good sleep!

I've experienced this many times. Last night, I was quite distraught, so I put on one of my favourite suttas and lay down - and I can't recall much after when, the man who had fashioned the raft made up of grass and sticks, had got to the further shore, dumped the raft in water or on land, and just ...
by manas
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?
Replies: 55
Views: 740

Re: Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?

I've had *thoughts* about it, but even the one time I *seriously* contemplated it, for only a few moments as I recall, back when I was about 18 - 20 years old - I doubt I could have actually gone through with it. In fact, the intense suffering ("It would be better never to have been born, than to ha...
by manas
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?
Replies: 55
Views: 740

Re: Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:22 pm

If you have suicidal thoughts now, please seek professional help.
This bears repeating for emphasis. If this is your situation - please don't delay. The consequences are too severe, for both oneself, and those who would be left behind.
by manas
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 18
Views: 296

Re: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

It's about becoming aware of the impermanent, ever changing not self nature and the suffering that goes with all the craving and thus letting go of it. In the process there is a level where the pleasant feelings become stronger and it's easy to wallow there and lose sight of the path. While wallowi...
by manas
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 18
Views: 296

Re: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

I'm beginning to think, imagine not 'wanting' something all of the time...being at ease, at peace, in the here-and-now. I'm not thinking of what happens after death, I'm thinking about right now, in this present moment, to be free from this incessant wanting...Peace...Nibbana. I'm open to the notio...
by manas
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?
Replies: 18
Views: 296

Must we suffer, in order to get free from suffering?

Whatever method we choose, it seems that craving will put up a fight, should we decide to make an honest attempt to be rid of it. I recall a quote (from Ajahn Chah?), the meaning being, that the Path involves suffering, but it leads to the ending of all suffering. That always put me off before, but ...
by manas
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: In remembrance of Bhikkhu Samahita
Replies: 23
Views: 1348

Re: In remembrance of Bhikkhu Samahita

What a helpful and beautiful person he was. I liked his sincere wish to spread Dhamma and found it inspiring. From what i can surmise, he's now in a better situation, I'd say. To quote one of Ajahn Thanissaro's talks, 'The well-trained mind brings happiness'... :heart:

:candle:
by manas
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A long-term residential retreat in any warm climate?
Replies: 22
Views: 1084

Re: A long-term residential retreat in any warm climate?

Wat Pa Nanachat, you will be occupied quite a lot of time doing sweeping, cleaning and other special tasks. Which is fine but when I read your post you want to meditate as much as possible. So maybe WPN not best solution. Wat Pa Auk, you should follow their system, not your own. Furthermore only si...
by manas
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Alarm Bells Sounded Over Child Abuse at Thailand’s Buddhist Temples
Replies: 19
Views: 760

Re: Alarm Bells Sounded Over Child Abuse at Thailand’s Buddhist Temples

Crazy Jihadis with all their bombs, can't do nearly as much damage to Buddhism, as bad-minded, sexually immoral monks who abuse children.