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by Hoja
Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monks/Nuns and Music
Replies: 25
Views: 2328

Re: Monks/Nuns and Music

Thank you Ben for the quick reply. Now, I have question related to Mahayana/Tibetan Buddhism and other sects. Do monks/nuns in Buddhism other than Theravada allowed to do music (singing, instruments etc.)? The Komuso monks in the Zen tradition used to play a bamboo flute called Shakuhachi, but they...
by Hoja
Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A new interpretation of the Pali Canon
Replies: 107
Views: 8563

Re: A new interpretation of the Pali Canon

(...) If there's one thing you take out of this post, please let it be that this is not a doctrine to be intellectually analysed and radical conclusions drawn from. It is a doctrine to be practised. Only by practising the Noble Eightfold Path (of which meditation is a large proportion) can one come...
by Hoja
Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does metta-bhavana literally impact others?
Replies: 26
Views: 3797

Re: Does metta-bhavana literally impact others?

In my own experience, I've noticed a literal impact on the objects of my metta-bhavana practice. It obviously benefits the meditator, but I have no doubt that it also benefits the object. I guess we could have a very differente world if more and more people start practicing metta. When an attitude o...
by Hoja
Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:25 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Smiling in meditation
Replies: 23
Views: 2438

Re: Smiling in meditation

I find consciously smiling a small smile to be a great tool, both while meditating and in many other situations, as a reminder that 'it's all good'...it manages to lighten many a load and has the ability (for me anyway) to put one's self in a good (better) 'space'...I highly recommend acquiring the...
by Hoja
Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Smiling in meditation
Replies: 23
Views: 2438

Re: Smiling in meditation

Obviously is not Theravada, but Thich Nhat Hanh instructs to do sitting meditation with a gently smile.
by Hoja
Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Mrs Retro
Replies: 22
Views: 2682

Re: Hello from Mrs Retro

Hi Stephanie,
welcome to DW!

Metta
Hernán
by Hoja
Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chess
Replies: 30
Views: 2314

Re: Chess

I'm not a good player, but I'm in for a tournment!
by Hoja
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Evolution and Intelligent Design/Creationism
Replies: 152
Views: 8101

Re: Evolution and Intelligent Design/Creationism

clw_uk wrote: If there is a God that is the "source" or "ground of being" etc then on some level it "designed" or created the universe and if its all knowing it knew how it would end up
But why we supose it has to be all knowing? It could be like the Force concept in Star Wars.
by Hoja
Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: what is "esoteric buddhism"?
Replies: 75
Views: 7865

Re: what is "esoteric buddhism"?

vinasp wrote:If a student of the teachings believes that everything that the Buddha said is true , then what happens when / if he finds a contradiction in the teachings.
Very interesting question. I guess it worth it's own tread.
Metta.
by Hoja
Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One person's meditation retreat...
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: One person's meditation retreat...

Very interesting article. I'm wondering when will I have the opportunity to attend a retreat.
Thanks for sharing Venerable.
by Hoja
Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 16069

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

chicka-Dee wrote: I wish you well and thank you for your insightful post.
Thanks Dee! Keep your practice too.
:anjali:
by Hoja
Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 16069

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

It can become an exploration, not always comfortable, in looking at these things, or it becomes a matter of emotional comfort in believing what one believes. Yea, I can undersand your point. I'm trying to explore and do my best, but I'm afraid that sometimes it's hard to move away from my comfort z...
by Hoja
Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 16069

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

I'm skeptical when i read certain things, that the Buddha actually said them. Such skepticism arises, and its not usually based on emotion. But i also recognize that i'm not nearly enlightened enough to make such distinctions, so i try (not always successfully) to be as open-minded and uncritical a...
by Hoja
Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I AM QUINN !
Replies: 23
Views: 3057

Re: I AM QUINN !

Hi Quinn! It's really great to see a boy learning and sharing the Dhamma with his father.
My daughter is just 5 now, but considering all the interest she have in Buddha related things I'm sure she will be here too some day.

Metta
Hernán
by Hoja
Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeing Impermanence
Replies: 38
Views: 4216

Re: Seeing Impermanence

appicchato wrote:Easy...put a freshly cut flower on the table for a week...the same scenario, in one shape or another, applies to everything...that's just the way it is...having no control over this MO there's really no need for stress nor unwanted thoughts
Excelent and simple! Thank you Bhante!
by Hoja
Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sad way to learn
Replies: 8
Views: 1197

Re: Sad way to learn

Thanks The Dhamma, Manapa and Ben for your conforting words. It's nice to know that sadness is also impermanent.
Metta
by Hoja
Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sad way to learn
Replies: 8
Views: 1197

Sad way to learn

My wife asked me yesterday night to leave home. I've made many mistakes during my marriage she couldn't accept more. At this point she feels anger and hate towards me, and I've realized what' a fool I've been. I love her and with my daugher are the most important persons in my life, but I don't know...
by Hoja
Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:32 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Good resources in non-English languages
Replies: 45
Views: 17790

Good resources in non-English languages

I'm not sure if I'm the only one from a spanish speaking country, but anyway... here are two good sites with sutta translations in Spanish. http://www.dharmatranslation.org/buddhistbooksandarticles" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Go to the Spanish section. Fernando Tola and Carmen Dra...
by Hoja
Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lay Buddhist Practice, a brilliant guide!
Replies: 10
Views: 2352

Re: Lay Buddhist Practice, a brilliant guide!

Wow, it's a great resource.
Thanks Mawkish!
by Hoja
Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Big doubts
Replies: 20
Views: 2460

Re: Big doubts

Thanks to all for your great input!!!! I'm not sure if you know how worthy is this site for people like me... the only Theravadan temple in my country it's in a small laotian community at 1000 km from home. I'm really thankful to have this place to talk and learn with other fellows in this path. :an...