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by Digity
Mon May 21, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How would hells come to exist?
Replies: 7
Views: 138

Re: How would hells come to exist?

Well, science explains how the big bang occurred and planets formed. So, there is a scientific explanation for that. I just wonder how hell/heaven Realms fit into the big bang or should those Realms be considered completely different dimensions. Well...the more I ask the more I realize these are par...
by Digity
Mon May 21, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How would hells come to exist?
Replies: 7
Views: 138

How would hells come to exist?

I've always been a bit confused about how the Hell Realms would come to exist within the Buddhist cosmology. For instance, the human/animal realm has come into existence through a lot of unlikely occurrences that eventually lead to the life we see on planet earth. Is there some similar process that ...
by Digity
Sun May 20, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thoughts and Suffering
Replies: 19
Views: 284

Re: Thoughts and Suffering

What I find is that those thoughts that cause suffering tend to have an underlying negative emotion attached to them. I've had to dig a little deep to see what's causing me to think negatively and bring those underlying emotions to the surface. Once you expose them they lose a lot of power and then ...
by Digity
Tue May 01, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Observing the 5th Precept
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Observing the 5th Precept

First off, if you decide to stop drinking and your friends don't want to hang out with you then those were not real friends...they were drinking buddies. When I stopped drinking it created some awkwardness with my old friends who knew I use to drink. They didn't like seeing me stop. However, they kn...
by Digity
Tue May 01, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Does meditation reduce your heart rate?
Replies: 9
Views: 243

Re: Does meditation reduce your heart rate?

I measured my blood pressure not too long ago and it was 107. I've never seen it that low. Not sure how much to attribute to meditation, exercise, diet...it's probably a combination of all three.
by Digity
Tue May 01, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 332

Re: Metta meditation

Ven. Katukurunde Nanananda's Deliverance of Heart (Developing Metta) Your link is broken...correct one below: http://www.seeingthroughthenet.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Deliverance_of_Heart.pdf cheers mate I read the first few pages. Bhikkhu K. Ñāṇananda doesn't seem to be a fan of the tradition...
by Digity
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Neighbours dog pooing on my lawn
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Re: Neighbours dog pooing on my lawn

I've yet to even meet/speak with the neighbour but I put a sign up very recently that says to clean up. I'm curious to see if that changes anything.

I may just put up a fence, but we'll see how it goes. I hope this person is reasonable and just isn't aware of the issue. I'm skeptical though.
by Digity
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Neighbours dog pooing on my lawn
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Neighbours dog pooing on my lawn

I have a new neighbour whose dog poops on my lawn and he doesn't clean it up. I've put up a sign to say to clean it up. I'll see how it goes. Would it be un-buddhist if I started taking the poo and dumping on his lawn if they don't clean it up from mine?
by Digity
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 634

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

The temple I go to usually has five or less people showing up to weekly events like meditation, study, etc. Some of these events barely happen anymore due to lack of attendance. It's pretty discouraging when you go there to meditate and wonder if you're the only one who will show up. That hasn't hap...
by Digity
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

alan wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:20 am
No, you should not.
Too difficult to understand for a beginner, and even if you are not, there is no use reading the commentaries. Much better to spend your time on the original teachings.
Are you implying that the commentaries are incorrect?
by Digity
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:02 am
Digity wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:06 am
Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
You can start reading it, but I can guarantee you won't get to the end of it!
Why do you say that? I think it's a fascinating read for a Buddhist meditator.
by Digity
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

I took the book out from the library but now plan to buy it. I'm at Chapter 4 and plan to read the whole thing. I'm finding it fascinating and it's confirming and also explaining a lot of different understandings I had of the teachings.
by Digity
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?
Replies: 29
Views: 1155

Re: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

I mostly abstained from watching tv for the month of March, with some small exceptions of video watching....I did it as an experiment. The biggest issue I had was a sense of boredom and not knowing what to do with myself when I was at home with nothing to do. I think part of the problem is a lack of...
by Digity
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The Daily Tejaniya
Replies: 29
Views: 4076

Re: The Daily Tejaniya

I'm a big fan of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. I can sometimes be too uptight, so his relaxed style is good for me.
by Digity
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

I started to read "Manual for Insight" by Mahasi Sayadaw, but I see that it bases a lot of stuff on the commentaries. I've mostly ignored the commentaries up to this point and just studied the "original" teachings. That's why I'm hesitant to finish the book, because I'm not sure if I can trust stuff...
by Digity
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the practical use of this body?
Replies: 21
Views: 448

Re: What is the practical use of this body?

[When this was said, the Blessed One responded:] "I tell you, friend, that it is not possible by traveling to know or see or reach a far end of the cosmos where one does not take birth, age, die, pass away, or reappear. But at the same time, I tell you that there is no making an end of suffering & ...
by Digity
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma determined birth ?
Replies: 44
Views: 790

Re: Kamma determined birth ?

I wonder why you listen to a scholar and ignore the Buddha. You're always listening to a scholar. The Buddha, apart from speaking very poor English, is unfortunately dead. We are always reliant upon a string of translators and interpreters. That's the irony of the statement...without scholars would...
by Digity
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Does negative thinking matter?
Replies: 37
Views: 733

Re: Does negative thinking matter?

It all comes down to neuroplasticity. Whatever mental habit you practice becomes more ingrained. If you keep indulging in negativity then it gets easier and easier to do it. Have you ever been around someone who is super negative? Did you enjoy it? Did it give you the sense that this was an "enlight...
by Digity
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?
Replies: 33
Views: 1053

Re: Are spiritual people depressed and unhappy and poor?

I think people who seek out a path like Buddhism see that something is off about life. They see the problems and are aware of all the anxieties that come with existing. I think they're more acutely aware and sensitive to the pains in life. This can lead to a depressed an anxious disposition, but the...