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by greggorious
Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Brian Ruhe
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Brian Ruhe

I'm not sure where to post this, but I wanted to because I have been searching over youtube and a man named Brian Ruhe seems to be all over the place on theravada buddhihist video's. He claims he used to be a Buddhist Monk and is now a lay teacher. I remember a while back not liking his style, as he...
by greggorious
Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 425822

Re: Thich Nhat Hanh on rebirth

He teaches both moment to moment and literal rebirth. In my opinion he has a traditional view on rebirth.
by greggorious
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sam Harris, meditation is powerful, but keep religion out
Replies: 274
Views: 12229

Re: Sam Harris, meditation is powerful, but keep religion ou

Sam Harris embodies two words... 'Passive aggressive'. The guy is a joke and I don't know why so many people take him seriously.
by greggorious
Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?
Replies: 107
Views: 3387

Re: The necessity of faith in rebirth to drive practice?

I don't reject rebirth but I don't accept it either. I've listened to many talks by Ajahn Sumedho who always tells people who ask him what happens after death that he doesn't know cos he's not dead yet. There's a story like this in Zen too. I personally think it's arrogant to claim one way or the ot...
by greggorious
Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The realm of the Animals
Replies: 2
Views: 321

The realm of the Animals

by greggorious
Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist tales
Replies: 1
Views: 255

Buddhist tales

Where in the Pali canon are the Buddhist stories or tales? I.e the story of the Buddha in a past life giving his body freely to a Tiger and her Cubs for food?
by greggorious
Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 425822

Re: the great rebirth debate

Is it controversial these days to talk about people who are reborn into disabled bodies as a result of their Karma? I listened to a talk by Ajahn Sumedho who wouldn't be drawn into this debate, claiming that it is speculative and not worth thinking about, but I have read Buddhist texts which claim t...
by greggorious
Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Hindu influences
Replies: 1
Views: 354

Hindu influences

At the Buddhist temple I have gone to a few times now, which is in the Sri Lankan tradition there seems to be just as many Hindu works of art and statue's than Buddhist pieces. There's a a Ganesha statue, paintings of Shiva, Hunuman, Durga, Lakshmi etc. Is this quite common in Therevada or is this a...
by greggorious
Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Ajahn Brahm...
Replies: 3
Views: 601

Is Ajahn Brahm...

...turning his back on the more aesthetic elements of the Thai forest tradition? Although he seems fond of Ajahn Chah and his time in Thailand, he seems to diss it quite a bit too. He seems to make it all a lot more accessible for his lay community and to his Monks. I even heard him do a talk on his...
by greggorious
Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I love those who hate me
Replies: 0
Views: 532

I love those who hate me

My newest song, I hope you like it ;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdL6EILWCMo
by greggorious
Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jacobs ladder
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Jacobs ladder

I have been told that this film is about the Six realms of existence. Can anyone verify this?
Who has seen this film and can you draw parallels between the concepts in the film and the six realms of existence?
by greggorious
Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Foods for Anxiety
Replies: 27
Views: 4192

Foods for Anxiety

I take a couple of supplements for more anxiety, Chamomile and magnesium, both are quite mild but I can't take valerian are anything stronger cos it just makes me depressed. What foods are good for the nervous system? I'm putting together a mild exercise regime and not to mention meditation too. Any...
by greggorious
Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: White string band
Replies: 3
Views: 710

White string band

I went to a new Buddhist temple that's just opened up near me in the Sri Lanka tradition. It was very pleasant and the Monks were nice, despite the fact they can't speak English very well. After meditation the head monk wanted to put a white string band around my arm and chanted something. I asked h...
by greggorious
Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhadasa audio talks
Replies: 2
Views: 686

Buddhadasa audio talks

Does anyone know if there are any audio talks from Bhikkhu Buddahdasa? I know there are plenty from Ajahn Chah, recorded by Ajahn Amaro, but Buddhadasa seems right up my street, and wandered if any downloads exist?
by greggorious
Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can animals be spiritual?
Replies: 15
Views: 911

Re: Can animals be spiritual?

I know what I mean in my mind, but if I try to explain it it may be obscured. I guess what I mean is that sometimes animals can appear to have spiritual experiences, i.e going into trance-like states or have periods of meditation. I'm sure science can disprove all that as mumbo jumbo, but just wante...
by greggorious
Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can animals be spiritual?
Replies: 15
Views: 911

Can animals be spiritual?

Nothing more to add to my title. Can animals be spiritual?
by greggorious
Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: For convenience sake
Replies: 5
Views: 616

For convenience sake

I was just wandering if any of you practice in a Buddhist tradition that may not exactly be your cup of tea but you go because it happens to be very convenient to you? I ask this because I happened to bump into a Sri Lanka Buddhist monk virtually outside my house and he told me they've just built a ...
by greggorious
Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Creativity
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Creativity

I'm sure I've asked this question before, but can't remember if I got a response or not. I work in the creative industry. I'm a musician and actor, and occasional writer and poet. Creativity is very important to me and my work, but I'm aware that my creativity comes from a place of 'desire', and in ...
by greggorious
Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Goodbye Savanna
Replies: 0
Views: 415

Goodbye Savanna

A song I wrote about a friend who recently died.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U65ZCsROos
by greggorious
Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada meets Zen-The teachings of Ajahn Chah and Huang Po
Replies: 10
Views: 1796

Re: Theravada meets Zen-The teachings of Ajahn Chah and Huan

Just a question here. Do you think many Thai forest teachings and Zen teachings are similar because they are both fundamentally meditative traditions? The Thai forest tradition doesn't reference the Pali canon as much as say, the Burmese or sri lankan's do, and Zen doesn't cling to mahayana sutra's ...