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by Kaktus
Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: To those who have ordained or plan to ordain
Replies: 37
Views: 6608

Re: To those who have ordained or plan to ordain

What is currently holding you back from ordaining? Familiy, especially 3 underage children How long have you been practicing Buddhism? 14 years, first tibetan for now about 2 years Theravada How old are you (not really relevant, just curious)? 42 (wouldn´t it be easy if this would be the answer to ...
by Kaktus
Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on world hunger and "conscientious compassion"
Replies: 17
Views: 917

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on world hunger and "conscientious compassion"

Seven billion now would be fifteen billion in a few more decades with better technology and health care universally available, and there would be even more pressure on finite resources like water and land than there is now. Instead of three billion living in poverty, there would be five or ten bill...
by Kaktus
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422567

Re: No difference...

From the Kalama Sutta "'If there is a world after death, if there is the fruit of actions rightly & wrongly done, then this is the basis by which, with the break-up of the body, after death, I will reappear in a good destination, the heavenly world.' This is the first assurance he acquires. "'But if...
by Kaktus
Fri May 27, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Paid dhamma teachers
Replies: 59
Views: 8715

Re: Paid dhamma teachers

Probably my viewpoint may help within this discussion. In the last years i spent a good amount for different projects. A big part went to the upkeep of a local sangha. At that time they asked for some generous people to help as there was temporary not enough income through dana to hold the rooms. Be...
by Kaktus
Wed May 25, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teacher in the west with the most influence
Replies: 3
Views: 464

Teacher in the west with the most influence

Hello, in the tibetan sects of buddhism this question is easy to answer. There are the Dalai Lama or a Karmapa as sect leaders. What do you think, which are the (living) theravadin teachers with the most influence in the west? Who would you name if asked for three persons? And who do you value highl...
by Kaktus
Mon May 23, 2011 8:52 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A little help figuring this out please....
Replies: 7
Views: 1729

Re: A little help figuring this out please....

Now I have a career (no relationship or kids luckily) and I'm essentially stuck in this life (full of stress and deadlines, mind you). Now for me ordaining is "that unobtainable dream". What exactly is holding you back? You said, you don´t have a girlfriend/wife or kids. Who else is depending on yo...
by Kaktus
Sun May 22, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How can a person just by meditating HELP all Beings?
Replies: 17
Views: 1821

Re: How can a person just by meditating HELP all Beings?

http://bassflava.com/mp3/Ajahn+Brahm+-+Six+Months+Of+Bliss.html This link first provides me some *.exe for download and then an broken link. I think the best way is to load the file directly from the Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, the place where Ajahn Brahm give his weekly talks. http://media.bswa.or...
by Kaktus
Thu May 19, 2011 7:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Analytic meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 1372

Analytic meditation

I wonder if there is any kind of formal analytic meditation within theravada. Some kind of meditation in which one looks intelectually on a specific subject. For example wheter it is more useful to surf on dhammawheel.com or rereading some of ones favorite suttas. Just to name some silly sample Can ...
by Kaktus
Mon May 02, 2011 4:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Osama bin Laden is dead
Replies: 178
Views: 11524

Re: Osama bin Laden is dead

I understand that most of the terrorists recently caught in the west have been self recruited and self directed. Osamas death is mostly symbolic and will not change anything. Excactly my thinking. What causes me to be frigthened is the need of an personated evil for the western (american) politics....
by Kaktus
Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso
Replies: 566
Views: 105278

Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso

This article will help clarify the differences: http://sites.google.com/site/dhammadharini/entering-monastic-life-and-ordaining-as-a-bhikkhuni-in-theravada-buddhism/bhikkhuni-and-siladhara-points-of-comparison-faq" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Great! Excactly what i was looking for...
by Kaktus
Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso
Replies: 566
Views: 105278

Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso

Can someone please help me understanding the differences between - siladharas - bhikkhunis - dasasilamatas - nun Searching around one and the same label is used in different contexts. A definition of all these labels out of one source would help me a lot to understand the differences between them. T...
by Kaktus
Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: e-learning course by Ven. Bodhi and Thanissaro in 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 3860

Re: e-learning course by Ven. Bodhi and Thanissaro in 2011

Jhana4 wrote:FWIW, Wisdom Books does have an audio course you can buy
And probably the same content is available here for free.

One of my first ideas was a april prank, but when i found the site above my hope rised again. Until the sad second post of Dmytro.
by Kaktus
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation: Can't live with it! Can't live without it!
Replies: 28
Views: 2604

Re: Meditation: Can't live with it! Can't live without it!

Ron-The-Elder wrote:Next I discovered stories about Buddha which revealed that he found sitting in meditation to be a method of contemplation of The Dhamma
Are you able to give me a quick link for further reading?

I´m generally interested in methods of active contemplation within sitting meditation.

Thank you.
by Kaktus
Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11945
Views: 569531

Re: Word Association Game

School
by Kaktus
Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What Is The Mind ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2070

Re: What Is The Mind ?

http://www.scribd.com/doc/37277629/A-Buddhist-Perpsective-of-Modern-Psychotherapy" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Forgive my ignorance, but I tried to download this, and can only do so if I agree to all sorts of Facebook shennanagins (permissions etc.). Is this the only way? Thank-yo...
by Kaktus
Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:08 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: e-learning course by Bhikkhu Anālayo in 2011
Replies: 29
Views: 5763

Re: e-learning course by Bhikkhu Anālayo in 2011

Registration is online right now.

There are recommenden fields for university and student's subject area, I´ve filled "private" as i´m no longer visit any university and like to use the course only as a private person. I hope to can take part anyhow as a passive participant.
by Kaktus
Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke!!!
Replies: 593
Views: 87821

Re: Joke!!!

These quotes are from one of my favorite blogs : These are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place. ==== Q: Are you sexually active? A: No, I just lie the...
by Kaktus
Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Any experience with the meditation course on vipassana.com?
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

Re: Any experience with the meditation course on vipassana.com?

So the time has come for an short indrouction :) My first contact with buddhism was about 10 years ago within a Vajrayana center of Ole Nydahl. Some years i parcticed more or less on a regular basis. Since about two years the amount of unrest in this lineage grows more and more. I´m reading the tipi...
by Kaktus
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Any experience with the meditation course on vipassana.com?
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

Any experience with the meditation course on vipassana.com?

Hello,

i just stumbled over vipassana.com. They offer a 90 day meditation course for a fee of $125. Has anyone participate in one of these courses? Can report on this experiences?

Thank you
by Kaktus
Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Benefits of Guided Meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 715

Re: The Benefits of Guided Meditation

May i throw in a question without opening another thread for it? I´m looking for a short introduction into basic samatha meditation practice. It should be written in plain english, readable within about an hour. Or a talk up to about 2 hours length. There are so much texts out there in the net im ov...