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by Digity
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 676

Re: Structuring lay life

Yeah, I don't think I have the discipline to be a full time monk, but I continue to practice in my own way as a lay follower. Each year I try to become a bit more disciplined in my practice. I've sort of settled on the gradual approach...for me it's a marathon not a race. However, I admire those who...
by Digity
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 32
Views: 540

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

I sometimes like to sit in the bath and read (laugh if you want). I can be there for three hours sometimes. Sometimes I like to read Dhamma at that time or listen to a Dhamma talk. It never seemed inappropriate to me, until I heard about not reading a Dhamma book in the washroom. I heard about that ...
by Digity
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dumbbell Training
Replies: 10
Views: 221

Re: Dumbbell Training

I'm pursuing calisthenics. You won't get big doing that sort of workout, but you can gain impressive strength and power. It also makes you more flexible and balanced, since some of the more advanced moves require a lot of stability in your core, etc. I use to do heavy weightlifting, but it just wasn...
by Digity
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 32
Views: 540

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

What if you like to take long baths and read...would it be offensive to read a Dhamma book in the bath tub or on your phone?
by Digity
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 676

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

I have no formal training in this approach but have toyed with it in the past. It seems noting is nothing more than recognizing what your internal state is at any given moment. If you are angry, you're angry. If you're blissful, you're blissful. What is the 'problem' doing this? Why would it stress...
by Digity
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 676

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Hi Digity If you like the general framework of Burmese Vipassana but find that noting makes you racey and stressed out, besides heeding Mike's advice and that of other's that are experienced with this approach, I would recommend exploring the teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. His basic approach is m...
by Digity
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 676

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Thanks, I'll have a listen.
by Digity
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 676

Re: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Hi Dignity, Yes, perhaps you're trying too hard. I'm not sure it's easy to learn any approach without some personal instruction, but if you are interested in this approach, the next best thing might be to listen to one of Patrick Kearney's retreat recordings, which I've linked here: https://dhammaw...
by Digity
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult
Replies: 29
Views: 676

Finding Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation difficult

Does anyone else here find the Mahasi Sayadaw style of meditation difficult? I've tried doing the walking meditation where you note everything like lifting the heel, lifting the foot, moving the foot, touching the foot, placing the foot. I find that it's just too much to track and it's actually kind...
by Digity
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 447

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

I think first thing is to take care of gross levels of breaking the precepts and then progress until you eliminate even subtle forms of breaking them.
by Digity
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sponsor a child
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Sponsor a child

Thanks for the info! Any other recommendations for charities? I don't mean specific to sponsoring a child, but just in general.
by Digity
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sponsor a child
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Sponsor a child

Has anyone here ever sponsored a child? Any advice on which charity organizations are good for this sort of thing?
by Digity
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Righteous Anger
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: Righteous Anger

So i have a question, that i am struggling with. I am new to Buddhism, but have always been drawn to it. The materials i have been learning from are the Kadampa sect which as i gather probably sounds horrendous to some of you, but what i read from it has made sense out of thins i have been struggli...
by Digity
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?
Replies: 24
Views: 464

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

I abstain from tv/music 3 days a week. The other days I allow myself to watch/listen. I'm sort of trying to gradually ween myself off the stuff. I think it's a bit of a drug though. I mean, I can feel myself getting a bit of a high when I'm engrossed in a show or listening to a song I really like.
by Digity
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 159
Views: 2991

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

I think the main issue is that Buddhism goes against the grain and the vast majority of people want to go with the grain, since it's smoother. Following the Buddhist path properly involves going against your own tendencies and changing deeply conditioned patterns. This is long, hard work. On top of ...
by Digity
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Alone not lonely
Replies: 14
Views: 385

Re: Alone not lonely

How does one become a good hermit? I live alone and am having a hard time with it. What practices are good for this? Any recommendations or tips? Loneliness has been the biggest source of pain in my life. Hands down. The root of the issue is your thinking. The problem is how you relate to being alo...
by Digity
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Is Coconut Oil Overrated?
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: Is Coconut Oil Overrated?

Any food that gets overly hyped is overrated. These companies put a lot of money into advertising these things as being superfoods, etc. It's a joke. Having said that, I like to cook with the stuff occasionally. So, it hasn't been that bad if it's helped expose new foods to people, because before I ...
by Digity
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Which beverages do you mostly take?
Replies: 28
Views: 1807

Re: Which beverages do you mostly take?

I'm a little obsessed with black tea and soya milk sweetened with stevia/sugar blend. I have two big cups of that a day. However, at work I just have regular milk available so I use that there.
by Digity
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?
Replies: 42
Views: 998

Re: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?

Do you think all the people in third world countries having kids is unethical? They tend to have a lot of kids too. If you live in an affluent society then you can bring up a child with a decent lifestyle, but if you live in poverty stricken Ethiopia and decide to have kids...is that wrong? I person...
by Digity
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Celebrations and tiredness.
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Re: Celebrations and tiredness.

I think you're a highly sensitive person. I have the same issues too. I think we just have strong perception and our senses are amplified. I think highly sensitive people notice more subtleties in things, which can lead to greater wisdom/understanding, but it can also cause us to feel overwhelmed. S...