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by SeerObserver
Tue May 19, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants
Replies: 150
Views: 30684

Re: Arahants

The reason why I'm asking is: if there really would be one, i'd shall go to find out if it's true How would you find out if it's true? well Ajahn Chah was punched to the head and knocked over by the force, he said he should send all his monks to london to practice metta after that. I don't think th...
by SeerObserver
Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: F.O.B
Replies: 9
Views: 1360

Re: F.O.B

Welcome.

Nice to see you here, Jack.
by SeerObserver
Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hi. LOoking for Meditation cushions & other requisites.
Replies: 1
Views: 566

Re: Hi. LOoking for Meditation cushions & other requisites.

Hi would like to turn the townhouse(in Bangkok) im staying at into a place for meditation and alternative healing practices ..so im looking for meditation cushions, curtains /drapes & a Reiki or massage table .. cheap if possible :-) any like minded people are most welcome at the the abode ... Also...
by SeerObserver
Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: So this is where you all are...!
Replies: 8
Views: 1107

Re: So this is where you all are...!

I was ordained with the NK* cult until I came to realise the error of my ways back in 1996 Since then I have been following the forest tradition of NE Thailand, and lived with Luangpor Khemadhammo at the forest hermitage in the UK for 4 years. [/b] Now I live in Thailand with my wife. I have spent ...
by SeerObserver
Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meritorious Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 1804

Re: Meritorious Meditation

Greetings SeerObserver, But are these meditations acts of kusala kamma in and of themselves, or just "geared towards it"? Or is that what you meant by geared towards? They are acts of kusala kamma in themselves, but I say "geared towards" because that's the primary benefit to be achieved, albeit no...
by SeerObserver
Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meritorious Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 1804

Re: Meritorious Meditation

Metta (loving-kindness), karuna (compassion) and mudita [/u] are certainly all geared towards of kusala kamma. Because they also reduce the emphasis and focus of thoughts towards ourselves, they also assist in weakening the ego. Right. That's a good association to make with the brahmaviharas. It's ...
by SeerObserver
Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meritorious Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 1804

Re: Meritorious Meditation

It's possible that I was mistaken. It may have just been that I've seen mention of cessation of evil (at the very least during the session) and purification of the mind. I do thank everyone for their replies. While that may be the case, I am interested to hear Drolma's reply regarding meditation on ...
by SeerObserver
Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meritorious Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 1804

Re: Meritorious Meditation

There is a sutta in the Anguttara Nikaya (A.iv,392-95) about merit, which I can't find on AccessToInsight... But there is an article by Bhikkhu Bodhi which summarizes it: The Anguttara Nikaya (A.iv,392-95) records a fabulous alms-giving conducted by the Bodhisatta when he was born as a brahman name...
by SeerObserver
Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Heavens to betsy
Replies: 29
Views: 3640

Re: Heavens to betsy

This isn't particularly special, apart from the coffins it sounds like what I've seen at the local Wat. Here the lay person just disappears under a sheet, the monks chant some of the funeral chants about "sankhara anicca...", then they come out and the monks chant some sort of birth chant. As far a...
by SeerObserver
Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Heavens to betsy
Replies: 29
Views: 3640

Re: Heavens to betsy

I'd really like to know what the monks are chanting. You struck my curiosity enough. I wasn't going to watch the video at first. I skipped through it to check a few points, but didn't see anywhere in the video that there wasn't the narrator or anything else drowning out the chanting. Please let me ...
by SeerObserver
Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:25 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Spain
Replies: 7
Views: 893

Re: Hello from Spain

Bienvenidos, Pablo. Mucho gusto. Puedes aprender mucho aquí.
by SeerObserver
Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meritorious Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 1804

Re: Meritorious Meditation

Cool subject, Seer. In my tradition we're taught that meditating on emptiness generates merit :) Would you happen to know what the basis of that is? So far, I can still only see that meditation contributes to cessation of evil and purification of the mind. I still do not see how it contributes to k...
by SeerObserver
Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The consequence for using intoxicants
Replies: 24
Views: 4037

Re: The consequence for using intoxicants

intoxicants inhibit judgment and therefore make you more likely to do things you normally wouldn't. A main point is that it makes you more likely to break the preceding 4 precepts. Buddhists are to cease doing evil, do good, and cultivate purity in the mind. The third is clearly hindered by intoxic...
by SeerObserver
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meritorious Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 1804

Meritorious Meditation

As some basic tenets, Buddhists are to cease evil, do good, and purify the mind. In various discussions points are brought up that certain temperament is being cultivated, as well as how one is at the very least not out committing akusala kamma while practicing right meditation, and other things alo...
by SeerObserver
Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thailand travel in the current political climate
Replies: 29
Views: 3443

Re: Thailand travel in the current political climate

Greetings, With a few members in Thailand and a few talking of going there over the next year or so, I thought it might be a good idea to start up a discussion on the subject of travel to, from and within Thailand... and in particular Bangkok, which seems like the hub for public protests. Is it saf...
by SeerObserver
Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The consequence for using intoxicants
Replies: 24
Views: 4037

Re: The consequence for using intoxicants

I walked into sociology two weeks ago to find that a classmate of mine had his right arm in a cast. When he was asked what happened to him, he replied that he had gotten drunk at a party over the weekend, fallen into a deluded fury, and punched a thick wooden staircase banister, breaking his wrist....
by SeerObserver
Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Altar supplies
Replies: 6
Views: 1340

Re: Altar supplies

I apologize for being unclear...I'm from the USA, State College, PA. And no hard feelings about the shrine. I'm not trying to say that I absolutely need such and such, and certainly not for personal use. Part of my reason for asking is to understand the anatomy of such structures and their relation...
by SeerObserver
Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Altar supplies
Replies: 6
Views: 1340

Re: Altar supplies

What country would that be? You do seem to have a good grasp of what the traditional Theravadin (Thai, at least) shrine looks like. But that is a superficial matter, and I don't mean that in the condescending way it would normally come across. The stacked tables are somewhat difficult to come by unl...
by SeerObserver
Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhadasa Bhikkhu - Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 8
Views: 1245

Re: Buddhadasa Bhikkhu - Bhikkhu Bodhi

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Someone else this question elsewhere.

I think the Sri Lankan method is to put Bhikkhu first, and the Thai method is to put Bhikkhu last.

Metta,
Retro. :)
Which one is right?


















JK (as in just kidding, not my initials).
by SeerObserver
Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:27 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Awareness of Aging as a spiritual practice
Replies: 10
Views: 1175

Re: Awareness of Aging as a spiritual practice

Please listen to this brief, albeit meaningful chanting verse . It is what one should recollect so as to not be attached to one's form. This recording is of Ajahn Brahmavamso, care of Bhikkhu Pesala's aimwell.org website . I am of the nature to age; I have not gone beyond aging. I am of the nature t...