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by Digity
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Contracted/Constricted Mind
Replies: 24
Views: 309

Re: The Contracted/Constricted Mind

A good example of a contracted/constricted mind is one that's filled with greed. The antidote would be to practice generosity. When you're giving wholeheartedly to another person the mind is anything but contracted/constricted. That's why practicing generosity is the antidote, because it puts the mi...
by Digity
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 94
Views: 2129

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

I like the candidness of these discussions. I think it's healthy for those considering ordaining, who might have a naive or romanticized idea of what the monastic life is like.
by Digity
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Want to improve sila
Replies: 20
Views: 365

Re: Want to improve sila

I want to focus on improving my sila. I was thinking of focusing on mental, verbal and bodily conduct. My plan is to pick one mental, verbal and bodily act that's positive and practice it daily. What are your thoughts on this approach and what would you personally pick for those three things? Right...
by Digity
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Copying CDs from library
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: Copying CDs from library

I deleted the mp3s off my computer after I returned the CD back to the library.
by Digity
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Guided relaxation online
Replies: 0
Views: 41

Guided relaxation online

Hi, can you recommend some online resources for guided relaxation? I've replaced my formal breath meditation with these exercises, that usually involve progressive muscle relaxation, calming thoughts and of course breath meditation too. If found some stuff by googling but I'd like some more variety ...
by Digity
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Copying CDs from library
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Copying CDs from library

Do you think it's stealing to take out a CD from a library then copy the tracks to your computer? I don't really have a reliable CD player to use, so copying them to my computer and getting the mp3s is the next logical thing to do. However, what about after I return the CD to the library? Should I d...
by Digity
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Want to improve sila
Replies: 20
Views: 365

Re: Want to improve sila

I don't think my issue is performing bad deeds. I follow the five precepts (although, I'm breaking one currently due to carpenter ants), but generally I live a pretty moral life. No major transgressions, but in the past I've been less than nice to people. That was not personal, but just an example ...
by Digity
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Want to improve sila
Replies: 20
Views: 365

Re: Want to improve sila

Well, what I'm practicing is pretty simple. For verbal, I'm practicing greeting my coworkers in a friendly manner in the morning. For mental, I'm making sure to take a pause once a day and spend a minute reflecting on my good qualities. For bodily, I'm practicing a small act of generosity, like giv...
by Digity
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Want to improve sila
Replies: 20
Views: 365

Re: Want to improve sila

Because if you can't manage with gross mental activities that lead to bodily actions, there's little chance you ll be able to do that with more subtle mental activities that lead to speech and thinking ,) Well, what I'm practicing is pretty simple. For verbal, I'm practicing greeting my coworkers i...
by Digity
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Want to improve sila
Replies: 20
Views: 365

Re: Want to improve sila

I don't see why you can't do all three in parallel. Unless you're struggling to see the issues in your conduct then yes, maybe work on the obvious stuff first. I feel pretty aware though of my problems with mental/verbal/bodily conduct, so I feel I can approach them all at once.
by Digity
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Want to improve sila
Replies: 20
Views: 365

Re: Want to improve sila

What would a good daily act of generosity be?
by Digity
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Want to improve sila
Replies: 20
Views: 365

Want to improve sila

I want to focus on improving my sila. I was thinking of focusing on mental, verbal and bodily conduct. My plan is to pick one mental, verbal and bodily act that's positive and practice it daily. What are your thoughts on this approach and what would you personally pick for those three things? My mot...
by Digity
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: AccessToInsight.org now owned by Barre
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: AccessToInsight.org now owned by Barre

Does this mean it might start getting updated again?
by Digity
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 13
Views: 397

Re: Carpenter ants eating wood in house

Exterminator is expensive. Still trying to deal with them with cheaper means. I don't kill other bugs but if you're burrowing through wood in my house then I don't see how you can just ignore that. Other bugs like spiders I leave alone.
by Digity
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 26
Views: 617

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

I decided to send the jury duty letter and not ignore it/ throw it away.
by Digity
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 13
Views: 397

Re: Carpenter ants eating wood in house

I'm getting an exterminator. They've started to spread to other parts of my house and building nests in different locations. I wonder if I made a mistake not doing this sooner.
by Digity
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 26
Views: 617

Ignoring jury duty request

Do you see anything morally wrong with being summoned for jury duty and just ignoring the summon even though that's technically not legal?
by Digity
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 56
Views: 8926

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

Buckwheat wrote: Drinking is not against my principles. It is against the Buddha's principles. When I turn down a drink, it's due to peer pressure from the Buddha. :thumbsup:
Peer pressure from Buddha! Lol! I'm going to remember that next time I feel pressure to drink in a social situation.
by Digity
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 56
Views: 8926

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

I still struggle with the whole not drinking, because it creates a lot of awkward social situations in my life. I just allow the situation to be awkward and don't drink. Still, you can sense that sort of strain and awkwardness with friends at times when they see I'm the only one not drinking at the ...
by Digity
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Carpenter ants eating wood in house
Replies: 13
Views: 397

Re: Carpenter ants eating wood in house

Then calling an exterminator isn't any worse for the precepts than buying your meat from a store. I don't think buying meat breaks the precept. I feel bad about killing them, but I already put out the bait. I think if they weren't chewing through the wood in my house I would try a more humane appro...