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by frank k
Fri May 24, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: eating in one session a day, success stories?
Replies: 14
Views: 306

Re: eating in one session a day, success stories?

I think it would be very beneficial if you saw a dietitian. If you want to get to the bottom of this, you need to know how many calories you eat per day and where they come from exactly. As a vegetarian, you also need to ensure that you get all the aminoacids you need by eating a variety of pulses ...
by frank k
Fri May 24, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Which pali/sanskrit words have made it into English dictionary?
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Which pali/sanskrit words have made it into English dictionary?

List of English words of Sanskrit origin (Wikipedia) : Avatar, karma, mandala, mantra, etc. thanks, that's a useful reference. I wonder where Piya got his list, which seems to include many more buddhist specific terms? I'll keep a summary of this thread topic here, including a list of pali words th...
by frank k
Fri May 24, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: the real meaning of the cryptic formula in 4sp satipatthana
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: the real meaning of the cryptic formula in 4sp satipatthana

Hi Frank , So do you take it translation body as body , feeling as feeling and Not body in the bodies or body amongst bodies ? Yes. The other options may be grammatically correct and workable as a teaching, but they're not the primary meaning intended here. I came to this conclusion without any ref...
by frank k
Thu May 23, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: the real meaning of the cryptic formula in 4sp satipatthana
Replies: 5
Views: 139

the real meaning of the cryptic formula in 4sp satipatthana

https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-real-meaning-of-cryptic-formula-in.html excerpt: One thing that puzzles me deeply, and this is such a fundamental and important part of Buddhism, I haven't seen anyone that I'm aware of translate into English and interpret the 4sp satipatthana formu...
by frank k
Thu May 23, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: eating in one session a day, success stories?
Replies: 14
Views: 306

Re: eating in one session a day, success stories?

When eating one meal a day, I find the main challenge is to pack enough calories in just one sitting (for me that would be slightly over 2000 calories). Vegetables are great but they are not calorie-dense, so eating too much of those fills you up and prevents you from eating the real sources of ene...
by frank k
Thu May 23, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Which pali/sanskrit words have made it into English dictionary?
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Which pali/sanskrit words have made it into English dictionary?

Two questions: 1. From a translation point of view, shouldn't we use some of the more commonly understood words, like Buddha, Dharma, Nirvana? One of the things I've realized is that the pali term Dhamma needs to be left untranslated, because in many important contexts, it straddles multiple meaning...
by frank k
Wed May 22, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Four Guardian Meditations: where from?
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: The Four Guardian Meditations: where from?

Any idea where this set is derived from? Is it from a sutta? Perhaps a later Theravada composition (just a guess) inspired by sutta passages like this one: AN 9.1 (4 indispensable practices from AN 9.1 excerpt) a-subhā bhāvetabbā Non-beautiful [foulness perceptions] (he) should-develop, rāgassa pah...
by frank k
Wed May 22, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: cetaso ekodibhāva
Replies: 13
Views: 209

Re: cetaso ekodibhāva

Dear venerables and friend, This term has been widely translated as "unification of mind". I thought that's okay, until I thought about what "unify" mean. It's to combine two or more units to make one. But the citta is already one. We don't have multiple cittas. So how can we unify one thing? Does ...
by frank k
Mon May 20, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: eating in one session a day, success stories?
Replies: 14
Views: 306

Re: eating in one session a day, success stories?

Thank you DNS, doo doot, for sharing your diet details and all responders for comments and suggestions. I'll post an ongoing summary and links to some of the interesting responses I've gotten on my blog: https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/05/eating-in-one-session-day-success.html over the ye...
by frank k
Sat May 18, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: eating in one session a day, success stories?
Replies: 14
Views: 306

Re: eating in one session a day, success stories?

I agree with Idap you may not be getting enough sleep. You should have plenty of energy on a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. I eat mostly vegan, which has even less fat and I still feel like I have enough energy, so far. I've been doing the one meal a day program for over 20 years. I'll eat dinner occas...
by frank k
Sat May 18, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: eating in one session a day, success stories?
Replies: 14
Views: 306

Re: eating in one session a day, success stories?

4 or 5 hours is not enough sleep. I would try increasing that to at least 7, then see if it makes a difference. A five hour window is also pretty good as far as the health benefits of intermittent fasting. Trust me, I've been meditating everyday for decades, I get enough sleep, and have tested it w...
by frank k
Fri May 17, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: eating in one session a day, success stories?
Replies: 14
Views: 306

eating in one session a day, success stories?

Anyone have any long term success stories to share on eating once a day? I'm interested because the Buddha said eating once a day was the best, and I've not had success doing it long term the times I've tried. Eating an octo/lavo vegetarian diet, after about 5 days my energy level just completely cr...
by frank k
Wed May 15, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to reach the 1st Jhana?
Replies: 101
Views: 7146

Re: How to reach absorption?

Seems like this thread should be titled How to reach absorption "absorption" may not be the best translation for "jhana", but it's workable for the majority of the contexts. The real problem is that in EBT (early buddhist texts), 1st jhana, ... fourth jhana, have a clear and specific definition, an...
by frank k
Wed May 08, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Semen retentive sex and Buddhist practice
Replies: 69
Views: 1149

Re: Semen retentive sex and Buddhist practice

The idea that "energy is lost" due to lustful thoughts, more than due to ejaculation, is something I've only heard from you. I have never seen the Buddha say that the problem with craving is energy drain from the body. That sounds very incorrect to me. In any case, withholding ejaculation is *exerc...
by frank k
Mon May 06, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Pain and posture.
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Pain and posture.

Hi all, When I meditate on a morning in my living room (on a zafu/cushion but no zabuton as I have carpet) I don't experience any pain. However, when meditating at my local monastery (on both a zafu and a zabuton)... See my book: https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/03/flt-full-lotus-turtle-c...