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by hermitwin
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My first jhana
Replies: 15
Views: 651

My first jhana

While I’ve not mastered the first jhana, I did experience it very briefly once (and only once, for reasons I’ll explain later): Ajahn Brahm calls it a “yoyo jhana” because the meditator goes briefly into the jhana, gets so excited, and the excitement then bounces the meditator straight out of the jh...
by hermitwin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1648

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

I will just enjoy life to the fullest. Drugs, sex , crime, etc.
Who cares ? You only live once.
by hermitwin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A young monks ' experience
Replies: 3
Views: 272

A young monks ' experience

This guy wanted to live in a forest monastery for 2 weeks. It didn't go as planned. Listen to his story starting at
5:16.

By the way, his father is a billionaire.

by hermitwin
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 730

Meditation experience

Dear friends, as I enter the next phase of my life, I will have more time for meditation. I hope you can share your experiences about meditation. Your success and "failures". What worked for you and what didn't. Hopefully this Info can help me and others who are interested in meditation. Thanks
by hermitwin
Thu May 03, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha disapprove the use of Mantras
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Buddha disapprove the use of Mantras

In his Dhamma talk, bhante Dhammavuddho mentioned that Buddha disapprove the use of Mantras as practised by the brahmins. Does anyone know which is the relevant sutta on this issue?
by hermitwin
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 53
Views: 3695

Re: Rebirth

according to ajahn brahm, you can see your previous lives in meditation, and when you see it, you will not have any more doubts. i cant see my previous lives. but if life is a continuum, its only logical that we will still exist after death. i think the analogy of our childhood experiences is approp...
by hermitwin
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What do Burmese monks, pa auk tradition chant at funerals?
Replies: 0
Views: 225

What do Burmese monks, pa auk tradition chant at funerals?

Where can I find the pali and English version? Thanks
by hermitwin
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 69313

Re: Free will in Buddhism - technically explained

There is no free will. Everything is conditioned. Every thing you say or do is influenced by your past. Instead of free will, it's conditioned will.
by hermitwin
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?
Replies: 42
Views: 8314

Re: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?

The suttas is full of accounts of people who attained Enlightenment while listening to Buddha. Enlightenment is like a fruit, when the conditions are right it ripens, it drops ...
by hermitwin
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Questions regarding my intent to ordain
Replies: 9
Views: 1901

Re: Questions regarding my intent to ordain

I don't think you need to tell anyone you are gay. If you are sincere about ordination, I believe you will learn to deal with the problems. Nobody is perfect. No monk is perfect. Just try your best.
by hermitwin
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Questions regarding my intent to ordain
Replies: 9
Views: 1901

Re: Questions regarding my intent to ordain

If you wish to ordain, just go for it. Don't worry about your lust for other men, everyone has lust. Most men are not homosexuals, so most of the monks would not be sexually attracted to you. Lust is just another desire you have to learn to control as a monk.
by hermitwin
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination with Ajahn Brahm at BSWA, Perth
Replies: 34
Views: 3118

Re: Ordination with Ajahn Brahm at BSWA, Perth

so you don't like ajahn brahm. So you think he's not compassionate, not qualified to talk about sex. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. You are entitled to your opinion. I applaud you for daring to criticise Ajahn Brahm who is quite popular.
by hermitwin
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I believe I have achieved stream-entry.
Replies: 102
Views: 6177

Re: I believe I have achieved stream-entry.

the state of stream entry means that there is no more back-sliding. it means that you have crossed the stream,there is not turning back. if you havent see any significant change in your behaviour and thoughts, i doubt you have achieved it.