Search found 2592 matches

by Dan74
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Eyes Open?
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Eyes Open?

My experience has been that on Theravada retreats eyes are closes, on Zen retreats eyes are open, or rather 1/4 open, just enough to let some light in.
I also haven't seen anything scriptural about it.
by Dan74
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What's "Laughing Wisdom" ?
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: What's "Laughing Wisdom" ?

I recall a bikkhuni who visited and gave us a talk who seemed to have this quality - a lightness, a very quick agile mind and a real joyful disposition, laughing a lot. Ajahn Thanasanti, I think she has since disrobed.
by Dan74
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Megalomania and Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 161

Re: Megalomania and Buddhism

If I recall correctly, the Buddha had asked for no statues or images and this was followed for some centuries after his passing. But then people being people, they started making them. There are - art can inspire and motivate people to practice. Could there be pros and cons if the Buddha had asked ...
by Dan74
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Megalomania and Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 161

Re: Megalomania and Buddhism

If I recall correctly, the Buddha had asked for no statues or images and this was followed for some centuries after his passing. But then people being people, they started making them. There are pros and cons - art can inspire and motivate people to practice.
by Dan74
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The brain of the Albert Einstein
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: The brain of the Albert Einstein

This is almost entirely false and completely misleading. This article from Forbes provides better info: https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2016/03/04/what-made-einsteins-brain-different-from-everyone-elses/#6f47878d39a4 TBH, I find these personality cult musings to be quite distasteful. It was not t...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Next Emperor
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: The Next Emperor

James, you mean this is a true story in China? I would be surprised if it was a true story. No, I'm not serious, it's completely made up. Equally as made up as the original story of the Emperor and the Seeds. Moral stories like that make me feel a little sick sometimes though. I think it is a beaut...
by Dan74
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 47
Views: 1427

Re: Right Speech

I think the Dhamma is, or should be like mathematics in this regard: whenever one doesn't understand something, one should, as a rule, be able to trace that back to lacking knowledge of some other, more basic thing. Once that lack is done away with, only then can one move on. Thank you for a clear ...
by Dan74
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Unworldy well being
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Re: Unworldy well being

I've noticed it's unsettling for me to experience impermanence because my mind thinks well if everything is impermanent how can I be happy? Before I have a solid insight practice should I first find happiness/well being inside from practicing Dhamma? It varies, but often it's a good idea. Or at lea...
by Dan74
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4TN are not for everyone
Replies: 70
Views: 1102

Re: 4TN are not for everyone

There are various ways and levels on which the 4 Noble Truths may be approached. Of course we don't usually start with an ability to see defilements just as they arise in the mind, but only develop this later through practice. This doesn't mean that we cannot observe the 4NT at a courser level, unde...
by Dan74
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't Buddhism an extreme path?
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: Isn't Buddhism an extreme path?

It's a radical path, for sure, but in actuality most Buddhists don't live renunciate lives, probably not even most monks. In actuality, we live our lives guided by the Buddha's teachings, cultivating the wholesome and trying to avoid the unwholesome, developing sila, samadhi and paññā, while still t...
by Dan74
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 47
Views: 1427

Re: Right Speech

However, here on the interwebs, if all we have are words on the screen and our reactions to them, the Dhamma discussions do become a very intellectual 'heady' pursuit, akin, as you say, to mathematics. No, that's not how I say it. I mean the comparison between the Dhamma and mathematics like this: ...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 47
Views: 1427

Re: Right Speech

I am all for robust discussion. What helps though, is active listening, that is, trying to understand where the discussion partner is coming from, Except to some extent for the Personal experience section, forum discussions are about exploring and understanding a topic, not the other person. The pe...
by Dan74
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 47
Views: 1427

Re: Right Speech

I am in favour of gente speech on Forums. When folks adopt an aggressive attitude, I tend to withdraw. Not sure if this is really the best way, but I confess to being averse to conflict. Especially in a dhammic environment. IRL, I've learnt to stand my ground when necessary. Thanks for your input. ...
by Dan74
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 47
Views: 1427

Re: Right Speech

I am in favour of gente speech on Forums. When folks adopt an aggressive attitude, I tend to withdraw. Not sure if this is really the best way, but I confess to being averse to conflict. Especially in a dhammic environment. Then what's the point of a discussion forum , if one is supposed to walk on...
by Dan74
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech
Replies: 47
Views: 1427

Re: Right Speech

I am in favour of gente speech on Forums. When folks adopt an aggressive attitude, I tend to withdraw. Not sure if this is really the best way, but I confess to being averse to conflict. Especially in a dhammic environment. IRL, I've learnt to stand my ground when necessary.