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by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Need for privacy in restful garden
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Need for privacy in restful garden

Thick plant cover does wonders for soundproofing and shielding an area from onlookers. The thicker the shrub/hedge the better. They work better than fences because they completely block sound that would be carried on the wind, and they often grow thicker with every pruning done right. Taking good ca...
by Wizard in the Forest
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Need for privacy in restful garden
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Need for privacy in restful garden

I've been doing the exact same thing. A couple things you can do depends a little on the amount of privacy you want and the amount of space you have. For example where I live, I can plant flowering quince hedges (zones 4-8) and I have a crape myrtle tree. These are easy at keeping things private bec...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Protective Chants - Parittas
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: Protective Chants - Parittas

This will give you a very decent idea of how they worked and when they worked in the past. Some of them have explanations before them with "Introductory Verses" As for why they work, it's really uncertain. Most sacca-kiriyā work in this same way. The necessary requirements for Parittas to work are ...
by Wizard in the Forest
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?
Replies: 30
Views: 1053

Re: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?

There's many reasons for things happening, but the Buddha does describe them as generally being about 5 things. Weather (utu-niyāma), the laws of physics and chemistry. Seed (bija-niyāma), or the law of biology. Mind (citta-niyāma) – the law of psychology. Dhamma (dhamma-niyāma) – the law of reality...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Cautious about practicing consistent vipassana with mental health issues?
Replies: 21
Views: 968

Re: Cautious about practicing consistent vipassana with mental health issues?

Doing intense meditation is fine as long as you are consistent with your medicine, and see your therapist regularly. The same trouble that one can have with meditation can in fact happen to anyone, primarily because meditation is not an opiate or a sedative, it's a laxative. It's a purgative. It get...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2787

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Which is why I pointed it out. It would be mean to imply Dylan is against the job when he's against the philosophy. Scientism is something he seems to consider a danger.
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2787

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

He seems to be less distrusting of the job itself than the philosophy (Scientism).
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2787

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

A bit sad really.

But maybe it's because we just live in a world where people don't trust one another.
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 172
Views: 3226

Re: Slandering buddha

There's the Kesi Sutta approach, too. I think a combination of the Canki Sutta (Safeguarding the truth) and the Kesi Sutta (on how to train) will help you overcome this false dilemma. You can leave at your leisure, but I think you don't have to hold so fiercely to the idea that others must be banish...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 172
Views: 3226

Re: Slandering buddha

Your views are welcome. The discourtesy is however something I don't think is helpful. I have not understood. I am as faithful a Buddhist as can be, but I don't see the point in denigrating people on the board. I just find it tiresome and not really worth doing. I know in the Canki Sutta there are w...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 172
Views: 3226

Re: Slandering buddha

People of wrong view should not be called worthless, yes. They should be slowly exposed to the right view, and once they practice, they slowly come to know what kind of wrong view they have, and then they can let it go. That requires meditation and we can't meditate for them, nor should we try to bu...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you live up to the Buddha's standards for a dhamma practicer?
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Do you live up to the Buddha's standards for a dhamma practicer?

The above quotes, yes. The Saw Simile quote not included? Not yet. I'm working on it, patigha is the worst hindrance.
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 172
Views: 3226

Re: Slandering buddha

You miss context a lot. "The worthless man" quoting immediately is often followed by the "But now you, foolish man, not only misrepresent me because of your own wrong grasp, but you also injure yourself and give rise to much demerit which, foolish man, will be for your woe and sorrow for a long time...