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by nameless
Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About unrooting evil
Replies: 12
Views: 1507

Re: About unrooting evil

You seem to think that to "leave, alone or into groups of Sangha. For life or for periods. " is to walk away from Dukkha. Why do you assume that there is no Dukkha in the Sangha? There is still desire, still anger, still ignorance. Still Dukkha. If only it were so simple to leave Dukkha behind.
by nameless
Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:42 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Simple Diet please?
Replies: 24
Views: 4704

Re: Simple Diet please?

Just a very rough guide as I'm no expert, but normally I would eat a main of carbohydrates (rice, pasta, bread etc.) with a protein dish (other than meat, tofu and eggs are also ok), and a vegetable dish. Probably not a great balanced diet but no specific deficiencies either I think, as long as you ...
by nameless
Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhammasukha
Replies: 4
Views: 613

Re: Dhammasukha

I went there around two years ago, you need to make an appointment for the day retreat so either way you have to call first, you can probably ask any questions you have then. If you have trouble contacting them maybe you can try the email address on the website? I haven't been to a Goenka retreat, I...
by nameless
Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The great thread on Sensual Craving
Replies: 17
Views: 1716

Re: The great thread on Sensual Craving

Just a follow up on sense restraint, in the Chachakka Sutta it states: "Dependent on the eye ( and all the six sense bases ) & forms there arises consciousness at the eye. The meeting of the three is contact. With contact as a requisite condition, there arises what is felt either as pleasure, pain, ...
by nameless
Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhammasukha
Replies: 4
Views: 613

Re: Dhammasukha

I went to the Manohara centre for a one-day retreat once, it's a nice place, good environment. Sayadaw Pandita teaches what I suppose is commonly called the Vipassana method, with the mental noting of all things that you do. On the website it says that there are interviews and a dhamma talk, but I g...
by nameless
Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Covetousness evil effect
Replies: 1
Views: 379

Re: Covetousness evil effect

"Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect. What you quoted requires some interpretation, because obviously if you coveted a Mercedez, it won't be an "inevitable consequence" that you won't be able to get one. A possible interpretation is that fo...
by nameless
Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The thought that stops......
Replies: 26
Views: 3539

Re: The thought that stops......

I don't think it's an either/or issue between just observing or restraining/stilling. There is a use for just observing; if you don't just observe and try to meddle too much, you fail to see what's going on and it becomes hard to restrain/still. It's like I suppose a child throwing a tantrum, if you...
by nameless
Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotāpanna requirements
Replies: 60
Views: 6080

Re: Sotāpanna requirements

The requirements that you have listed are qualities of one who is already a sotapanna. What needs to be developed to "become" a sotapanna is as dhamma_newb listed: Association with people of integrity is a factor for stream-entry. Listening to the true Dhamma is a factor for stream-entry. Appropria...
by nameless
Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Others are cruel, we shall not be cruel"
Replies: 37
Views: 6043

Re: "Others are cruel, we shall not be cruel"

Then ask ourselves: "why did such a thing happen to YOU, not to someone else?" -- "This is my karma. I must have treated others this way before and it’s now my turn to pay the debt. Don't fight back which will create new karma". Also ask ourselves: "why are they treating you THIS way?" -- "It's lar...
by nameless
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Hatred Vs. Anger
Replies: 5
Views: 1092

Re: Hatred Vs. Anger

This is just my opinion, but I suppose as a layperson a trusted friend/elder would suffice? I guess putting it out in the open is more skilful than keeping it to yourself.
by nameless
Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: will and intellect
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: will and intellect

It's not really an opposition. One can be intelligent and lazy, intelligent and indifferent. And is stupidity unwholesome? Consider the following: - stupidity is ill-defined. Last I heard psychologists have defined 7 different types of intelligence. What does "stupid" even mean? - even if you do def...
by nameless
Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Degrees of Anger in Practice
Replies: 3
Views: 411

Re: Degrees of Anger in Practice

Anger and Offense. It is like torture to try and be noble and good and sit idle when people are being rude or offensive. Especially as it concerns our children, we should let them be rude? I feel like there are many inconsistencies. Emotion often drives our behavior. Sometimes it leads one to belie...
by nameless
Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:11 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Hatred Vs. Anger
Replies: 5
Views: 1092

Re: Hatred Vs. Anger

The Buddha provides some guidelines for determining skilful/unskilful-ness "Whenever you want to do a bodily action, you should reflect on it: 'This bodily action I want to do — would it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Would it be an unskillful bodily action, with p...
by nameless
Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All or nothing.....
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: All or nothing.....

Is it possible then to follow this practice without being radically obedient to the texts? There are also texts for lay life. I think if we put things in the context of more relatable activities, it becomes clearer. For example, if you want to be a world cup soccer player, you will need to have cer...
by nameless
Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The interpretation of the 8 precepts
Replies: 29
Views: 5543

Re: The interpretation of the 8 precepts

regardless of what people say it simply dosent need more than one meal a day even if your doing heavy construction work
Are you speaking from experience?
by nameless
Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:22 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Frivolous talk
Replies: 8
Views: 1843

Re: Frivolous talk

I think the stance from the suttas is that "There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them. Which four? "The Buddha-range of the Buddhas[1] is an unconjecturable that is not to be conjectured about,...
by nameless
Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: will and intellect
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: will and intellect

Of course using one's intelligence can be wholesome, but is it really "obvious" that it "is"? People who (successfully) commit crimes and wage wars are also using their intelligence.
by nameless
Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ambition and Purpose
Replies: 18
Views: 893

Re: Ambition and Purpose

I am asking for help. In asking for help, I am looking for insight. You are providing me with non-answers that make assumptions and belittle the depth of my question. Loving kindness surely extends beyond the reaches of arrogance. I think it is precisely because of the depth of your question, that ...
by nameless
Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: disturbing experience at a Goenka ten day retreat
Replies: 38
Views: 4728

Re: disturbing experience at a Goenka ten day retreat

From what I've gathered, teachers who class themselves as 'vipassana' can sometimes have a bias against jhana. However the fact remains that jhana is right concentration, which is a part of the eightfold path, and teachers like Ajahn Brahm and Ayya Khema teach about Jhana. I suppose that since you s...
by nameless
Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:56 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: the ethics of lay teachers who charge money
Replies: 86
Views: 13584

Re: the ethics of lay teachers who charge money

I don't think the action itself is unethical unless they are cheating people or lying about what they know. Though on the other hand, if they are operating as a business they are probably promoting themselves in some way while intentionally or unintentionally hiding the fact that this kind of thing ...