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by alfa
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dangers of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 358

Dangers of Meditation

Recently I read something online, can't find the link now. Anyway, the scholar says something like this: When we sit down and do nothing, it becomes hard for us, NOT because doing nothing is hard. But when we have nothing to do, we are forced to come face to face with the inner demons, subconscious ...
by alfa
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is consciousness the problem
Replies: 32
Views: 512

Is consciousness the problem

and NOT just the contents of consciousness? The content could be just about anything - pain, joy, grief, anger, compassion, anything. But in all cases, it is only consciousness. So is consciousness itself the problem, regardless of what its contents are at any given moment? If we choose between one ...
by alfa
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can you be superstitious in buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 402

Re: can you be superstitious in buddhism

Acknowledging the existence of something supernatural is different than trying to worship something supernatural. The Buddha never suggested we worship ghosts, spirits, or try to control other forces of nature-- that would be superstition. Wish them goodwill and move along. That said, of course the...
by alfa
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha predict world revolution?
Replies: 26
Views: 715

Re: Did Buddha predict world revolution?

The only correct predictions are from the Bible.

In the end times, Syria is supposed to be the focal point (according to bible).

That's what's happening now.

Wow. :smile:
by alfa
Fri May 04, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a being generate 100% of their own experience?
Replies: 21
Views: 553

Re: Does a being generate 100% of their own experience?

If we could generate our own experience, then surely we'd all be generating only happiness??? Evidently, that's not the case. So ... Somehow, I don't think the universe is interested in happiness. It's a particularly human concept completely fabricated. If we could generate our own experience, then...
by alfa
Fri May 04, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Armenian PM Sarkisian Resigns, Thousands Celebrate
Replies: 78
Views: 1961

Re: Armenian PM Sarkisian Resigns, Thousands Celebrate

LOL at Western fanboys of Russia thinking there is some real substance in Russian conservatism as promoted by Putin. Despite of state support for the church and all the hoopla, Russians are in practice among the least religious people in the world. There are like 2% of believers going to church, Am...
by alfa
Thu May 03, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a being generate 100% of their own experience?
Replies: 21
Views: 553

Re: Does a being generate 100% of their own experience?

If we could generate our own experience, then surely we'd all be generating only happiness???

Evidently, that's not the case.

So ...
by alfa
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Rebirth - how does it work?

This isn't a debate on what rebirth is - whether it's moment to moment or actual transmigration sort of thing. Nor is it about 'what takes birth', 'is there a self' etc. etc. So please ......... Let's say there really is rebirth in the literal sense, that you come back to this world again and again...
by alfa
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Rebirth - how does it work?

This isn't a debate on what rebirth is - whether it's moment to moment or actual transmigration sort of thing. Nor is it about 'what takes birth', 'is there a self' etc. etc. So please ......... Let's say there really is rebirth in the literal sense, that you come back to this world again and again ...
by alfa
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering of others
Replies: 12
Views: 399

Re: Suffering of others

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:13 am
what do you mean alfa
The self is a convention. Because we have a body, we say 'I', 'you' etc. to distinguish between various objects. Space is space. There is no division.
by alfa
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 109
Views: 3475

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

SarathW wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:50 pm
He will retreat to the forest.
This is incorrect and I agree with Mike.
Practicing Brahma Vihara is a key aspect of Buddhism.
Didn't the Buddha (and many others after him) leave the world?
by alfa
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering of others
Replies: 12
Views: 399

Re: Suffering of others

What was Buddha's teaching about suffering of others? Let us say when Buddha was teaching in Mahajanapada X a war broke out between Mahajanapada Y and Mahajanapada Z (had to have really happened .. at some point during his four decades of teaching) Would he have asked his students to stop meditatin...
by alfa
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving for what, exactly?
Replies: 23
Views: 523

Re: Craving for what, exactly?

Isn't all craving psychological?

Hunger is physiological, but the desire to eat chocolates is born of psychological craving alone.
by alfa
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?
Replies: 116
Views: 2538

Re: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?

When the Buddha said soul or self, he probably meant what we would now call ego or personality. As long as the ego/personality exists, there is rebirth. So no-self (if we interpret it as no-ego) could well be the objective rather than our current state.
by alfa
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Imagination vs Reality
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Imagination vs Reality

Friends, It's often said that imagination is the problem, not reality. I will explain what I mean. I think of a road accident, start imagining that if I drive I will collide into a truck, blood will flow, etc. etc. I imagine all this and the result is a mixture of negative emotions like fear, anxiet...