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by dcs
Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Giving Alms to Monks in Bangkok
Replies: 5
Views: 1913

Giving Alms to Monks in Bangkok

Greetings everyone, I will be traveling to Bangkok very soon and I would like to ask what is the proper procedure for donating alms-food to a monk on the street? Do I just walk up to them? What should I say to a monk if I'm interested in donating alms-food to him? Also, what kinds of food/things am ...
by dcs
Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Ancient Buddhists
Replies: 15
Views: 3285

Ancient Buddhists

Does anyone know what term Buddhists used to refer to themselves during the ancient and medieval time periods? I imagine that "Buddhist" must be a relatively recent term coined by Westerners during the Colonial era.
by dcs
Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:19 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Your favourite contemporary teachers
Replies: 89
Views: 23918

Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Thanissaro Bhikkhu. His essays and Dhamma talks turned me into a Buddhist.
by dcs
Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold Knowledge?
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

Re: Threefold Knowledge?

Supranormal powers when extended beyond the "earth" scope will be very difficult to verify through conventional means. Yes, that's true. Furthermore, in no case do I think it's at all possible to empirically prove the accuracy of one's own psychic powers or the knowledge of Awakening itself (althou...
by dcs
Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold Knowledge?
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

Re: Threefold Knowledge?

If John Doe, the arahant lives in California and has never physically been to Kenya, Africa nor Brazil, South America, and if he sees John Smith dies in Brazil and reborn in Kenya, the only way to verify with 100% accuracy thru "conventional means" is to fly over to both countries and conduct long ...
by dcs
Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold Knowledge?
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

Threefold Knowledge?

In the Pali Canon, it is stated that the Buddha and subsequent arahants acquired tevija or the threefold knowledge upon gaining Awakening. Aside from the knowledge of Nibbana itself, the Buddha and subsequent arahants attained knowledge of (1) their own past lives (2) the death and rebirth of beings...
by dcs
Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Overcoming Guilt
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Overcoming Guilt

Hi Dhammakid, I know how you feel. I've been going through the same problems with guilt as well. Here's some things I try to keep in mind when I'm overcome with feelings of guilt: (1) Imagine if you could remember all of your past lives for several aeons back. You would probably remember a countless...
by dcs
Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings, I Did Something Wrong and Can't Stop Thinking
Replies: 10
Views: 891

Re: Greetings, I Did Something Wrong and Can't Stop Thinking

Hi dcs. There is a concept known as 'the special quality of non remorse', which is a fancy way to say the moral person has no cause for abject mental turmoil. It is mental trumoil that you call obsessive introspection, and it is trumoil that makes meditation so unpleasent. And this turmoil can be r...
by dcs
Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings, I Did Something Wrong and Can't Stop Thinking
Replies: 10
Views: 891

Re: Greetings, I Did Something Wrong and Can't Stop Thinking

Thank you all for the advice. I do not meditate regularly, but I think now would be a good time to start...I realize that I have the opportunity to meditate in this lifetime and I should not let it go to waste. I was hoping someone could give me advice on two more issues: (1) I've never really lived...
by dcs
Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:34 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings, I Did Something Wrong and Can't Stop Thinking
Replies: 10
Views: 891

Greetings, I Did Something Wrong and Can't Stop Thinking

Greetings Everyone. I am a Buddhist. 26 years old. I've been a long time reader of this forum and I've learned a lot about Buddhism from your in-depth discussions. I've finally decided to introduce myself because I nearly killed someone with my car today and I just wanted to talk to someone about it...