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by alfa
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: /study-psychiatric-diagnoses-are-scientifically-meaningless
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Re: /study-psychiatric-diagnoses-are-scientifically-meaningless

attempting to classify each unique individual’s mental health issues into neat categories just doesn’t work. In my opinion, Buddha classify mental health issues into neat categories namely attachment, aversion and ignorance. I think it is wrong to assume that mental illness is nothing but an especi...
by alfa
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Were there any secrets in the dhamma ?
Replies: 12
Views: 261

Re: Were there any secrets in the dhamma ?

My humble view regarding #1. People feel the punishment should fit the crime. That's human tendency. But karma is not subject to human tendencies and whims. Karma could be chaotic. A person who steals $5 could get hell as a consequence, whereas a person who kills may get heaven. This may seem unjust...
by alfa
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: should I marry or be single?
Replies: 54
Views: 1298

Re: should I marry or be single?

looking for a girlfriend is such a waste of time in this day and age. it's much better devouting to complete celibacy as the buddha instructed. Agreed. High levels of testosterone or wealth (preferably both) are a prerequisite for success with women. I just wish that was made clear at a young age t...
by alfa
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thought without a self
Replies: 64
Views: 851

Re: Thought without a self

Friends, Has anyone tried to listen to thoughts without assuming a person behind the thought? what changes in meaning takes place? I know that usually meditation is not thinking, but if anyone experimented with this, i would be grateful for sharing his/her experience. That's the normal occurrence. ...
by alfa
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?
Replies: 25
Views: 356

Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?

:namaste: When it's repeatedly said, 'With respect to the seen, there's only the seen etc.', what does this mean to you? I mean your insight, experience. Is this just a teaching device used by the Buddha so you'd avoid the self, or is it much more? Or does this point to nonduality? Discuss. :anjali:
by alfa
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Circumstances vs How we react to them
Replies: 16
Views: 335

Re: Circumstances vs How we react to them

If reaction is all that matters, then there's no urge to change circumstances. Which means we'd still have smallpox. No, we wouldn't still have smallpox, because we wouldn't exist anymore, as smallpox would have wiped us out. This blatant fact aside: So isn't this whole idea - our reactions matter ...
by alfa
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Circumstances vs How we react to them
Replies: 16
Views: 335

Circumstances vs How we react to them

:namaste: I am sure this is common wisdom in most schools of thought within Buddhism: it doesn't matter what happens. It only matters how you react to them. This may seem like sage advice, but isn't there something inherently flawed about this? Consider disease. Smallpox used to be a death sentence ...
by alfa
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Too many triggers - how do you deal with them?
Replies: 13
Views: 303

Too many triggers - how do you deal with them?

:namaste:

A stray memory, a word, a random thought - just about anything could trigger pain, frustration, or such negative emotions.

While mindfulness is good, how do u deal with TRIGGERS specifically? They just occur suddenly and catch you unawares.

:anjali:
by alfa
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mystic beings
Replies: 16
Views: 651

Re: Mystic beings

https://sg.yahoo.com/news/largest-flying-animal-history-identified-study-174300792.html The remains of such large animals is very seldom found. Maybe this is why remains of a Naga etc. has never been seen before. We understand that all sentient as nama rupa are mind and form. Mind of course not see...
by alfa
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't Buddhism an extreme path?
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Isn't Buddhism an extreme path?

:namaste: The monks have to get up early, eat only one meal. This is an extreme. The layperson cannot drink alcohol or seek entertainment. Must live like a robot. Isn't this a little extreme? How then is Buddhism the middle path? Maybe compared to other paths that were popular back then, it is. But ...
by alfa
Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The importance of Sangha
Replies: 3
Views: 227

The importance of Sangha

:namaste: The triple gem ... sangha is often underrated. Humans are social beings. We need to connect with each other. Even a recluse or an introvert needs to connect with other people. Connecting, sharing, exchanging - these things keep our mind on the dhamma and the buddha. So in a way sangha is e...
by alfa
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness
Replies: 51
Views: 1289

Re: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness

So nirvana = cessation of consciousness. :anjali: I don't think so. What I understood is that it is the cessation of feeling and perception. One who is enjoying a cessation experience in this very life is not unconscious like someone who is in a coma or dead. They are fully conscious of the object ...
by alfa
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness
Replies: 51
Views: 1289

Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness

:namaste: The Buddha likened consciousness to a magic show. Probably because just like a magic show, there is nothing real about it. It is full of disorder and illogical. So wouldn't it naturally follow that nirvana is the ending of this madness called consciousness? Does it even matter if there is ...
by alfa
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 73
Views: 1889

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

So you're saying the self exists, but continuity of self doesn't exist? Absolutely not. What the Dhamma says is that there is no continuity, and that this continuity is the illusion. (SN 22.95) Nothing among the khandhas (or the internal ayatanani) should be regarded as self or belonging to a self ...
by alfa
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do people like war or peace?
Replies: 23
Views: 724

Re: Do people like war or peace?

What constitutes war or peace is not as clear cut as we might think. The world seems to be living in a state of cold war at all times anyway. There's never really peace, just the time it takes to reload the weapons. Not unlike our own minds. We may have suppressed our hate, fear, etc., but they're ...