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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: 355

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: 37224

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: 98
Views: 1497

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: 355

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: 325

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: 179
Views: 3231

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:
by alfa
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is nothing to do
Replies: 11
Views: 268

There is nothing to do

"I have to do this, I have to do that. I must control my anger, I must be aware of my sorrow." Etc. etc. Whenever we say such things, the question should follow: Who wants to do this or that, who wants to be aware? The entity that says, "I must be aware," is born of the desire to be aware. Before th...
by alfa
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ideas, emptiness, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 165

Ideas, emptiness, etc.

Let's say I have a certain idea - that my mind should be silent. When the mind chatters, I am going to be disturbed because it contradicts my desire for a silent mind. I have another idea - that people should be nonviolent. Violence in this world will upset me terribly for the same reason as above. ...
by alfa
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 1152

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

The intention to see thoughts as impersonal is enough How are thoughts impersonal? :? They are not 'yours'. The habit of identification with them as a sign that there is a central agent that they belong to is revealed as false. I get that. I am just saying the thoughts keep pounding your head, even...
by alfa
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The 'silent crisis' of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Replies: 93
Views: 2250

Re: The 'silent crisis' of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Binocular, Victims deserve compassion. It does not matter if they are innocent. Let's say X gets cancer by smoking. Going by your logic, X is not an innocent victim of cancer. He is guilty of smoking. Does that mean X deserves no compassion? Get real. Do not analyse whether or not X is innocent. If ...
by alfa
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neurological vs Psychological
Replies: 13
Views: 227

Neurological vs Psychological

What we once considered philosophical were later on interpreted in terms of new psychological theories. And now, what we call psychological is being interpreted in the light of modern neurological discoveries. So wouldn't many of the Buddhist concepts become irrelevant? Consider the common problem o...
by alfa
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 1152

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

cappuccino wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:10 pm
Spiny Norman wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:07 pm
but I'd be interested to know how you go about realising the "impersonal" aspect of thoughts, practically speaking.
The intention
to see thoughts as impersonal
is enough
How are thoughts impersonal? :?
by alfa
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditating on sadness
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Meditating on sadness

Hi :smile: I take it craving is the most problematic thing and leads to other problems, including endless rebirths. I've also heard of meditating on corpses etc., which I find too grotesque. So I got thinking. Is meditating on the sad/bad events of one's life lead to a lessening of craving? Anyone w...
by alfa
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 1152

Re: How to stop associating yourself with your thoughts?

I don't know how to go about rooting out the idea that it is 'me' in control and also, where I go from my current level of realisation? Constantly see inconstancy. That is what works best for me, noticing perpetual change, noticing how thoughts come and go, noticing them passing by, like birds in t...
by alfa
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibanna and sleep
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Nibanna and sleep

It is said that the Buddha never actually described nibanna as either existence or non existence. Is it then like sleep? In deep sleep, there is no awareness of body or world. Yet we don't become nonexistent. Isn't this similar to nibanna, which cannot be described as existence or nonexistence? Just...
by alfa
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 154
Views: 3414

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Greetings Alfa, Probably because most people who 'critique' Islam are not interested in critiquing Islam at all. That is just excuse to demonize Muslims. Have you actually asked them their motives, or have you just decided to be totally lacking in charity and cast this aspersion upon them? The proo...
by alfa
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 154
Views: 3414

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Greetings, It is depressing that this forum has provided a platform for such bigotry and intolerance. Why is it bigotry and intolerance to make well-reasoned arguments for or against something? :shrug: What makes Islam so special and protected that its set of ideas, traditions, practices and belief...
by alfa
Sun May 21, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self-view and the taints
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Re: Self-view and the taints

Spiny Norman wrote:Does the cessation of the taints result from the cessation of self-view and the conceit "I am"? The cessation of a "me" that grasps and rejects? And is this the meaning of the Bahiya Sutta, "..when there is no you there"?
It simply means we don't do anything. Things happen.
by alfa
Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All roads lead to nibanna?
Replies: 12
Views: 496

All roads lead to nibanna?

Hi :smile:

Is it buddha's belief (or at least a buddhist belief) that all circumstances that we face in life are indirectly leading us towards nibanna?

Eventually, everyone attains nibanna?

love to hear your thoughts.
by alfa
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: extroverts versus introverts
Replies: 62
Views: 2548

Re: extroverts versus introverts

Being an introvert sucks on all levels.

Not being able to socialise is one thing, but not being able to make connections affects your career as well. And a host of other problems... :cry: