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by alfa
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha displaying sense of humor
Replies: 18
Views: 145

Re: The Buddha displaying sense of humor

Hello everyone: Does anyone remember another sutta quote where the buddha displays a sense of humor? Now on that occasion the Venerable Nagasamala was standing behind the Blessed One fanning him.[22] Then he said to the Blessed One: "It is wonderful, venerable sir, it is marvelous! As I listened to...
by alfa
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 85
Views: 1087

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

Buddha may not have taught pranayama per se but isn't watching the breath somewhat similar? I find too many similarities between yoga and Buddhism with respect to practice - moral codes, self-control, meditation, etc. Yes that is what I said .. practicing mindfulness of the breath later became know...
by alfa
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dumbbell Training
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Re: Dumbbell Training

Does anyone here do weight training? Can you suggest a good dumbbell routine for beginners? The ones on YouTube are far too advanced for my fitness level. I cannot afford a personal trainer. Let me describe my need - I want to lose weight but have no access to running .. too high temp and humidity ...
by alfa
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 85
Views: 1087

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

Buddha may not have taught pranayama per se but isn't watching the breath somewhat similar? I find too many similarities between yoga and Buddhism with respect to practice - moral codes, self-control, meditation, etc.
by alfa
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 48
Views: 869

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

I think Buddhists tend to go to an extreme. They believe that if you aren't pacifist, you're a war monger. There is a middle way. You don't have to be aggressive or pacifist. You can be nonviolent (the rule) and yet believe in self-defense (the exception). No contradiction. What you mean is western...
by alfa
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 704

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

It's easy to forgive the perp when random strangers have been killed/wronged.

But when the victim is someone closer to you, then everything changes.
by alfa
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 48
Views: 869

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

I think Buddhists tend to go to an extreme. They believe that if you aren't pacifist, you're a war monger.

There is a middle way. You don't have to be aggressive or pacifist. You can be nonviolent (the rule) and yet believe in self-defense (the exception). No contradiction.
by alfa
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 85
Views: 1087

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

I feel when it comes to practice, H and B are very similar. They differ only on the destination. While Hindus believe in an ultimate reality, Buddhists don't.
by alfa
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: nibbāna is the cessation of existence
Replies: 133
Views: 2045

Re: nibbāna is the cessation of existence

If nibbana is cessation, then what stops a person from committing suicide and attaining nibbana?

Not being flippant. Genuinely like to know.
by alfa
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 57
Views: 1318

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

I was once a member of the movement. I recall reading in one of his books, clearly, the line "women are generally less intelligent" (ie, than men), but I can't recall the context, or the book. But I'm not mistaken about it, I clearly read it. But you are correct, retro, although he did not regard B...
by alfa
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 57
Views: 1318

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

Greetings, The man also said women enjoyed rape and compared black men to apes. :shock: There's a lot of pretty significant accusations going on here. Are these things common knowledge or hearsay? To the extent that it's possible to provide a link to substantiate any allegations, that would be appr...
by alfa
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 57
Views: 1318

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

Srila Prabhupada (the founder of the Hare Krishna movement from India), for example, believed that all trouble in marriage is the wife's fault. I can recall, he once said "women are generally less intelligent" [ie, than men], but to say what you quoted above, would take his culturally acquired sexi...
by alfa
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Israel calls on world Jewry
Replies: 62
Views: 1644

Re: Israel calls on world Jewry

So many 'Christian' nations, so many 'Islamic' nations.

But the world can't tolerate one tiny 'Jewish' nation.

Anti-semitism?
by alfa
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nature is stranger than we can imagine
Replies: 14
Views: 381

Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

What happens if crocs/gators are wiped out?
How will it affect eco balance?
by alfa
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?
Replies: 21
Views: 747

Re: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?

There is another way to look at this whole thing. Karma will be worked out, like it or not. Outside certain events are gonna happen, affecting us. Inside certain thoughts are gonna arise, affecting us. Meaning, we cannot stop the thoughts any more than we can stop the events from occurring, since th...
by alfa
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 40412

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

This is quite interesting. Let's say I am tempted to steal. I have two choices - either suppress the temptation or give in to it. Let's say I choose the former. Who makes this choice? The self. What is the self? The entity conditioned to believe that stealing is wrong. Therefore, action that springs...
by alfa
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 99
Views: 2552

Re: Muslims, Islam and Europe

Everything changes, becomes something else. This is Buddhism 101. Nothing stays the same - not the individual, not things, certainly not countries and cultures. Society is not some fixed, static thing. Not a stone but a river. People are being alarmist with respect to what is really a natural phenom...
by alfa
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?
Replies: 21
Views: 747

Re: How to regard intrusive, unwanted images or thoughts in meditation?

I just read SN 35:206.

What does 'mindfulness immersed in body' mean?

Because the sutta says that's the solution?
by alfa
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Do you have any tips on continuously mental labelling?
Replies: 14
Views: 542

Re: Do you have any tips on continuously mental labelling?

Often we forget to be mindful.

So labeling helps us remember.

But doing it continually gets boring.
by alfa
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 180
Views: 5039

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Honest question.

Let's say your criticism of Islam is fair and objective.

Still, what exactly do people hope to accomplish by 'criticizing' Islam or any other religion? :shrug: