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by alfa
Sat May 25, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 188

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

Good post, Pondera. You said applied thought. What if it's not like that? What if they are random thoughts? What associated body part would that be?
by alfa
Tue May 21, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Muditā (joy) for unethical livelihood?
Replies: 7
Views: 136

Re: Muditā (joy) for unethical livelihood?

Without a job, people may find it hard to survive. They may not be privileged. They may not have enough savings. They may desperately need a job. One can't talk ethics in such situations. It's insensitive. :anjali:
by alfa
Mon May 20, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4 elements = 4 fundamental forces ?
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: 4 elements = 4 fundamental forces ?

It seems to me that people with strong faith and devotion to the Triple Gem, sometimes overdo it and try to see in the Buddha, the perfect scientist, the omnipotent superman, etc etc., whereas the proper direction for faith and devotion is intense and consistent practice, not personality cult. But ...
by alfa
Sun May 19, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!
Replies: 67
Views: 2763

Re: Let's discuss Mount Sineru!

cappuccino wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 5:43 pm
hell is basically the consequence of Atheism, for example
There are many good atheists.
by alfa
Sat May 18, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Story of the Buddha dying from a ex-doctor monk
Replies: 6
Views: 191

Re: Story of the Buddha dying from a ex-doctor monk

Amazing thread. Sad that the Buddha suffered. But it shows he was human. And humans have some hope after all.
by alfa
Fri May 17, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 858

Re: The Dhamma and Science

I am baffled by some of the replies. Why do people assume that the Buddha (or arhant or any liberated/enlightened being) had special powers that were not available to regular people? What's nirvana got to do with superpowers? Going by this logic, marvel superheroes are greater than buddha, christs, ...
by alfa
Tue May 14, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism the final hurdle?
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Is Buddhism the final hurdle?

:namaste: We crave worldly things (money, fame, power, etc.). This craving causes stress. We abandon these cravings. Buddhism also says craving must be avoided. So we feel we're on the right track. But then new cravings arise - for jhana, nirvana, peace, joy, you name it. These cravings, although sp...
by alfa
Sun May 12, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Intent
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Karma and Intent

chownah wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 4:06 am
I think you will find an answer in the Dana Sutta:
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
chownah
Thanks. It says 'ornament for the mind'. Any idea what that means?
by alfa
Sun May 12, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Intent
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Karma and Intent

:namaste: Suppose you do a good deed, let's say give money to the needy. Let's say you do that not because you care about the poor but because you want to accrue good karma. Now we have two problems: 1) You've done a good deed. A poor man is happy, thanks to you. 2) You're selfish because of that ve...
by alfa
Sat May 11, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination=Nirvana?
Replies: 30
Views: 462

Re: Dependent origination=Nirvana?

Case closed. how could it be wrong? … it's the teaching Hi cappuccino! The teaching about DO is right, i.e. it says something real about reality or some aspect of it; in this case, about the arising of dukkha. But DO as a happening process is something to be stopped. In that sense, DO is the wrong ...
by alfa
Fri May 10, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination=Nirvana?
Replies: 30
Views: 462

Dependent origination=Nirvana?

:namaste: There is no existence or non-existence. There is only dependent arising. There is no absolute reality outside of this, or beyond this. It's also said samsara=nirvana. As long as we see things as 'existing' or 'non existing', it is samsara. If we see them as dependently arising, it is nirva...
by alfa
Tue May 07, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: loneliness
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: loneliness

according to the survey the lone people seem to be a little more likely than others to have issues. But actually both alone and not percentages were pretty high. Indeed they were high and probably quite a bit higher now. One thing that perhaps bears saying is that people with CMD are more likely to...
by alfa
Wed May 01, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lying to avoid hurting someone
Replies: 20
Views: 362

Re: Lying to avoid hurting someone

Thanks everyone for your comments. I've been so used to not telling the bitter truth as a social convention that I never even considered doing otherwise. Yet that's it, I have now told my friend the truth, and she is furious, she hates me and my other friends now. Which is fine. As you rightly said...
by alfa
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: space, uncompounded?
Replies: 14
Views: 620

Re: space, uncompounded?

Form exists within space. In fact, form is the expression of space. There can be no infinitude of form. If form existed infinitely it would all become a partless whole without distinction. Space is the opposite. Space is partless, infinite, and without distinction. The cognition of space requires p...
by alfa
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self defence
Replies: 18
Views: 367

Re: Self defence

And to expand further on both chownah and Sam, Rich people that I know of tend to have multiple passports, so when a country starts going bad, they are able to leave easily. Your assets should be at least 50% liquid (stocks, cash, etc.), and the other 50% should be liquidable. Selling a house last ...