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by alfa
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma is everything!
Replies: 76
Views: 732

Re: Karma is everything!

santa100 wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:28 pm
alfa wrote:So 'he was in pain but did not suffer' argument doesn't suffice.
Care to provide sutta references and backup literature for the claim above?
Didn't the Buddha experience back pain? diarrhea? fever? All this is mentioned in the sutras.
by alfa
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma is everything!
Replies: 76
Views: 732

Re: Karma is everything!

Thanks for the replies. :anjali:

Even physical pain is mental in that without the brain, we cannot experience pain. So 'he was in pain but did not suffer' argument doesn't suffice.
by alfa
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma is everything!
Replies: 76
Views: 732

Karma is everything!

Friends, :namaste: After a lot of contemplation, I've come to the conclusion that karma is supreme. Nothing can beat it. If there's a god, it is karma. The Buddha attained nirvana at 29. But he suffered until 80. You may spin this and say he did not suffer even though he had pain, he did not suffer ...
by alfa
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Where can I find the embarrasing questions which were asked of the Bhikkhunis during ordination?
Replies: 10
Views: 267

Re: Where can I find the embarrasing questions which were asked of the Bhikkhunis during ordination?

Aargh, this is so disgusting. Looks like all organised religions are the same.
by alfa
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Persistent thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Persistent thoughts

:namaste:

How do you deal with persistent thoughts, not necessarily during meditation but during regular hours as well?

A certain thought pattern keeps surfacing over and over. Do you keep ignoring it?

What exactly do you do with such thoughts (not random thoughts)?

:anjali:
by alfa
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anatta and Dukkha
Replies: 47
Views: 763

Re: Anatta and Dukkha

Germann wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:02 pm
If no one is suffering, why is it suffering?
There is suffering. There is no permanent, unchanging entity that's suffering.
by alfa
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: recollecting past lives
Replies: 20
Views: 318

Re: recollecting past lives

Just curious. Why would anyone want to remember past lives? I don't even want to remember the present life. :tongue:
by alfa
Tue May 28, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness v Meditation
Replies: 20
Views: 598

Re: Mindfulness v Meditation

In my experience,

Mindfulness = being aware of everything at once

Concentration = being aware of ONE thing to the exclusion of everything else
by alfa
Sat May 25, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 545

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: 13
Views: 270

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: 262

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: 3071

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: 262

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: 1013

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: 234

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...