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by Bonsai Doug
Thu May 28, 2015 12:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation question - is this anything?
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Meditation question - is this anything?

I feel a bit odd asking this question, but as this has occurred twice now in the past two weeks... here goes. I have been meditating, breath focus, for a few years now; 30-45 minutes each morning and often 10-ish minutes before I retire for the night. I meditate with eyes closed. This morning, and o...
by Bonsai Doug
Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Taking refuge
Replies: 3
Views: 947

Re: Taking refuge

You can also take your Refuge Vows online, here: http://what-buddha-said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm
by Bonsai Doug
Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thai amulet info sites?
Replies: 2
Views: 867

Thai amulet info sites?

I have several Thai amulets. Some I know the temple origin and some I do not. Anyone know of websites where I might research amulets? The sites I'm finding Googling seem to be all sales sites.

TIA
by Bonsai Doug
Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Exact quote: "You are your own refuge..."
Replies: 27
Views: 3878

Re: Exact quote: "You are your own refuge..."

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:It is important to quote the full context, or there is too much room for misunderstanding by those who have scant regard for the Buddhist tradition.
Or, sometimes for those with high regard. Thank you for this. :anjali:
by Bonsai Doug
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Yawares popular culture thread
Replies: 148
Views: 18209

Re: I Love Exotic Gem Rings !!

Kind of defines attachment, no?
by Bonsai Doug
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign
Replies: 45
Views: 4867

Re: Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign

Doesn't effect me, but as this has not occurred in about 600 years, I wonder what a retired/resigned Pope does? Will he go back to being a Cardinal? An adviser to the newly elected Pope? This might prove to be interesting to see unfold, as it will be played out in the world press.
by Bonsai Doug
Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ghosts, devas, and brahmās?
Replies: 27
Views: 4232

Re: Ghosts, devas, and brahmās?

I recall reading that in the suttas are references to thirty-one planes/realms of existence into which beings can be reborn. I wonder if these ghosts might be those in the Hungry Shades/Ghosts realm (peta loka)? I seem to recall that this realm is in close connection to the manussa loka, where we ar...
by Bonsai Doug
Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Am I a Buddhist
Replies: 6
Views: 1123

Re: Am I a Buddhist

Hi, I was raised Christian but it never made much sense to me and I gave up my religion. Anyway, I have been looking into Buddhism for awhile, and I follow the teachings of The Buddha, such as the eight fold path and five precepts, and I am open to the idea of karma and reincarnation. So here is th...
by Bonsai Doug
Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Beautiful Jade Buddha For Universal Peace
Replies: 13
Views: 4526

Re: Beautiful Jade Buddha For Universal Peace

I had the opportunity to see the Jade Buddha a couple of years ago
when it was on tour in Florida. It is quite impressive, and one does get
a peaceful, tranquil feeling while sitting/meditating in front of it.
by Bonsai Doug
Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Need help with keyboard, pls notebook
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Re: Need help with keyboard, pls notebook

OK - no computer expert here - but most keys on a keyboard will pop/snap off the board. You may have a bit of dried sticky stuff under that particular key. If it was me, I'd try popping off that key and clean underneath. Keep in mind I know nothing of the type of keyboard you have, so take my "advic...
by Bonsai Doug
Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Theravada and Buddha nature
Replies: 18
Views: 3962

Re: Theravada and Buddha nature

I would appreciate any reading tips...so far the only Theravada book I have read is "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi, and I really liked it. Thanks. This book has been mentioned above, and represents teachings from the Theravada perspective by one of its foremost and respected monks: Food f...
by Bonsai Doug
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Theravada and Buddha nature
Replies: 18
Views: 3962

Re: Theravada and Buddha nature

I would appreciate any reading tips...so far the only Theravada book I have read is "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi, and I really liked it. Thanks. This book has been mentioned above, and represents teachings from the Theravada perspective by one of its foremost and respected monks: Food f...
by Bonsai Doug
Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Thoughts on weightlifting
Replies: 46
Views: 10070

Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Attachment to the body is a recipe for suffering, but if you add moderate weightlifting to a well-rounded regime of exercise then you can improve your fitness and overall health, which is never a bad thing. But lifting solely for confidence or an ego boost is not wholesome. Excellent distinction - ...
by Bonsai Doug
Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha resting with His head on a knee
Replies: 2
Views: 7270

Re: Buddha resting with His head on a knee

I've also seen this labeled, Buddha At Ease.

Kind of a variation of the Kwan Yin Royal Ease:
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by Bonsai Doug
Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: kalamas sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 831

Re: kalamas sutta

Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote a great essay on this topic.. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bps-essay_09.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; To the OP... if you have doubts or concerns regarding this Sutta, then by all means read the above quoted Bhikkhu Bodhi essay. The Kala...
by Bonsai Doug
Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:02 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 20
Views: 2983

Re: What would you do?

So where in all this would the famous Shaolin Monks fit? There's not much doubt as to their
self defense skills. Or are they too much of an aberration for this discussion?
by Bonsai Doug
Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A good read
Replies: 3
Views: 778

A good read

Getting back to my Theravada roots, I've come across a book I'd not read. But it is one that I believe might be of interest and value to both beginners and "not-so-beginners." "Everything Is Teaching Us" A Collection of Dhammatalks by Ajahn Chah A very basic, down-to-earth explanation of many of the...
by Bonsai Doug
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Meal prayer
Replies: 6
Views: 3003

Meal prayer

I've been on the look-out for an equivalent pre-meal prayer like that of "grace" offered by many Christians. I recently came across this and thought I'd share: Wisely reflecting I eat this food, remembering with gratitude where it comes from and how many people have no food or too little. Guarding m...
by Bonsai Doug
Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free Buddhist books.
Replies: 5
Views: 1527

Re: Free Buddhist books.

Are there any free Sinhalese Dhamma books for free? Most free sites have English books. Only here I find http://www.budaedu.org/en/book/II-11main.php3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Don't know about Sinhalese, but I have ordered from the site you quoted above, and although it takes ...
by Bonsai Doug
Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:13 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Theravada
Replies: 5
Views: 1663

Re: Theravada

gavesako wrote:This might be useful to read:

http://www.cittaviveka.org/index.php/te ... -theravada" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
A very nicely designed and informative site. Kudos to the webmaster and any-&-all involved!