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by Annatar
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Semen retentive sex and Buddhist practice
Replies: 112
Views: 70123

Re: Semen retentive sex and Buddhist practice

I am in a committed monogamous relationship... I don’t know how to transmute the sexual energy into spiritual energy... I think the real question here is what is the place for sex within a marriage in the context of the Middle Way. I suspect that for many people this would imply avoiding sex outsid...
by Annatar
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Value of interfaith studies
Replies: 53
Views: 6198

Re: Value of interfaith studies

I discovered that I was ignorant of my own religion and by comparative study was able to suddenly understand "Oh, that's what they were trying to say!" Yes, other faiths can sometimes shine light from a different direction on the Truth and this can be quite insightful. If only we could focus more o...
by Annatar
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Worry about kids - is there any way to avoid it, or is this just life?
Replies: 12
Views: 3027

Re: Worry about kids - is there any way to avoid it, or is this just life?

I find that the Brahma Viharas are helpful. Four wholesome mental states. When your kids are suffering - compassion, and taking what action you can to help them. When there isn't anything to be done to help - equanimity. When they experience wholesome happiness - empathetic joy. When you're just wor...
by Annatar
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Levels of accomplishment?
Replies: 31
Views: 9756

Re: Levels of accomplishment?

There are actually four PAIRS of Noble Persons.
Those who have attained stream-entry, once returner, non-returner, and arahat, are Noble Persons.
Also those who are training for the realization of these fruits are Noble Persons.

With metta,
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by Annatar
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada
Replies: 22
Views: 4492

Re: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada

The Jatakas, a part of the Pali canon, relate stories of the Buddha as a Bodhisatta. At least some of these are related as tales told by the Buddha himself.

With metta
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by Annatar
Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the meaning of life?
Replies: 19
Views: 2406

Re: What is the meaning of life?

What meaning do you want your life to have?
by Annatar
Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Best meditation technique to fall asleep fast?
Replies: 27
Views: 4489

Re: Best meditation technique to fall asleep fast?

Metta bhavana is said to help one to "sleep in comfort".

With metta,
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by Annatar
Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Fasting and frugality in food
Replies: 21
Views: 5196

Re: Fasting and frugality in food

I have a bit of an issue with attachment to food and greed. I am trying to combat this with mindful eating, and attempting to keep uposathas... I am trying to regain a healthier relationship with food. I want to find more time for dhamma practice and all the other important things in my life, inste...
by Annatar
Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mouth Filling With Saliva During Sitting
Replies: 10
Views: 4308

Re: Mouth Filling With Saliva During Sitting

Mindfully swallow it.

With metta,
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by Annatar
Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Women: more gifted for spiritual life?
Replies: 57
Views: 7391

Re: Women: more gifted for spiritual life?

How can pornography be craving ? Pornography is simply images. The craving is a result of projection onto the images. (That craving can become addictive, but that is a different issue.) Imagining yourself interacting with the imagery. Including the projection of subservience . Unlike real life the ...
by Annatar
Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Women: more gifted for spiritual life?
Replies: 57
Views: 7391

Re: Women: more gifted for spiritual life?

The indications are Anna that when a male views hetero porn there is of course sexual arousal, but that seems strongly connected with having power...i.e. he can view them when he wants.... he is controlling the person filmed or photographed. He sees her, but he is hidden from her. She is therefore ...
by Annatar
Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Women: more gifted for spiritual life?
Replies: 57
Views: 7391

Re: Women: more gifted for spiritual life?

Hi I wonder whether women might be more gifted than men for spiritual life. I seen 3 reasons why this would be the case: 1°) They seem more attracted to anything spiritual 2°) They seem to know their inner life and their emotions better 3°) They seem to have less sexual desire (which is not a small...
by Annatar
Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pressure in my head, dizziness while meditating
Replies: 2
Views: 1417

Re: Pressure in my head, dizziness while meditating

lotuspadma wrote:Is it just because I was forcing meditation a lot?
Maybe. I suppose "forcing meditation" is a form of craving "progress" in meditation, and craving leads to dukkha. Best not to force it.

With metta,
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by Annatar
Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What do you do for the uposatha?
Replies: 2
Views: 927

Re: What do you do for the uposatha?

Hi, It is excellent that you are observing uposatha days, something that I must confess I have not really done very often. I notice that you use some interesting words in your post: distraction, incessantly, and diversions. I wonder whether distraction is a wholesome state. Incessantly sounds perhap...