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by fabianfred
Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 6
Views: 777

Re: The Dhamma

If the dhamma is, as I believe, a universal law, an ultimate truth, throughout the whole universe and true in every galaxy. I would also expect many other things to be so. The humanoid shape (two arms, legs, head, eyes, etc.) seems to work well so is probably universal too. If other planets have sen...
by fabianfred
Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 6
Views: 777

Re: The Dhamma

It is said that all things are impermanent and changing, apart from nibbana. However, the ultimate truth, the core teachings of the dhamma, are also always true. They are taught by every Buddha. Although knowledge of them is lost and misunderstood for the vast lengths of time between Buddhas, they r...
by fabianfred
Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to Burn Karma and Move Stages of the Wheel of Life?
Replies: 13
Views: 1627

Re: How to Burn Karma and Move Stages of the Wheel of Life?

The wheel of life is just a diagram to help us understand the different realms in Samsara....well the main groups actually....since we Theravadans believe there are 31 realms. the 5 or 6 (Tibetan) you see on the wheel is a simplification.. It is not meant to be a guide or path to travel in those rea...
by fabianfred
Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does an arahant not feel angry at all?
Replies: 22
Views: 1672

Re: Does an arahant not feel angry at all?

This hypothetical situation often comes up in buddhist forums.... you refrain from killing...but what if your parents or family are threatened? You would try to reason with the attacker... but to physically attack him would be wrong...you would be no better than he.. Karma will take its course...all...
by fabianfred
Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where do monks eat?
Replies: 3
Views: 561

Re: Where do monks eat?

Monks leaving a temple to go on alms-round return to the temple. Some eat together in a dining hall and also share their food and also get a share of food which has been brought into the temple by lay followers. Usually the monks and novices sit in a line of seniority and the food is placed upon tra...
by fabianfred
Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhammadhuta monks
Replies: 6
Views: 1034

Re: Dhammadhuta monks

My mistake...I misread it...
by fabianfred
Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhammadhuta monks
Replies: 6
Views: 1034

Re: Dhammadhuta monks

In Thailand the two main schools to which one can be ordained are Dhammayut and Mahanikaya. As we know maha means great so the Mahanikaya is the far larger school. Dhammayut are mainly forest monks, more intent upon patipatta than pariyatta (practice than study). They often keep more strict rules su...
by fabianfred
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is this a Mahayana teaching?
Replies: 14
Views: 1386

Re: Is this a Mahayana teaching?

Certainly an Arahant still alive would receive vipaka from previous karma....but have equanimity about it.
by fabianfred
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Martial Arts
Replies: 7
Views: 1223

Re: Martial Arts

My present teacher uses Tai-Chi to teach mindfulness (vipassana). I used to do karate and particularly enjoyed kata . One is supposed to practice mindfulness at all times so being mindful during the slow purposeful movements of kata or tai-chi or yoga is ideal practice. Even one giving or receiving ...
by fabianfred
Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:41 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Why one meal a day?
Replies: 674
Views: 79734

Re: Eating after midday.

Robes don't make the monk. I would argue precepts don't make the monk either. Renunciation of saṃsāra is what does. The above is the most amazing reading in this website so far for me..... It is not on the surface.....it is not what you follow.....it is whether you have crossed the line!.....the ma...
by fabianfred
Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The married monk
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Re: The married monk

Since in the theravada tradition a man can ordain and disrobe several times...it is certainly not necessary for him to divorce his wife. I myself ordained for a week seven years ago when they had a mass ordination in my town. I also ordained for two years three years ago, and then disrobed to look a...
by fabianfred
Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Insights from my 21 years of practising Goenka style
Replies: 86
Views: 8174

Re: Insights from my 21 years of practising Goenka style

If you are in Chiangmai I would suggest going to the temple at Wat Rampoeng for their vipassana meditation retreat. 10 days minimum for non-Thais but recommend the 26 day full retreat. Here they practice the Mahasi Sayadaw style of watching the rise and fall of the breath and also doing walking medi...
by fabianfred
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Why one meal a day?
Replies: 674
Views: 79734

Re: Eating after midday.

The Thais have a saying...' One meal a day supports life; a second meal supports work; a third meal supports the kilesa (gives the energy to go out at night and have fun).. The prime work for a monk is to get himself to at least the state of Sotapanna and leave the state of worldly being ....meditat...
by fabianfred
Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Thanissaro Bhikkhu believe in a soul?
Replies: 124
Views: 9195

Re: Does Thanissaro Bhikkhu believe in a soul?

OMG! The millions of words written about the 'Non-self, No self, not self' thing..... we all have our own understanding about it, or idea of what it means. It is something so profound that only a Buddha can understand and then teach it.....and what does he teach? Not to discuss and think about it......
by fabianfred
Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I would like to discuss the other four...
Replies: 1
Views: 605

Re: I would like to discuss the other four...

http://www.palicanon...ses-on-entering SN Chapter IV - 25 Okkantisaṃyutta Connected Discourses on Entering Hits: 61 1 The Eye At Sāvatthī. “Bhikkhus, the eye is impermanent, changing, becoming otherwise. The ear … The nose … The tongue … The body … The mind is impermanent, changing, becoming otherwi...
by fabianfred
Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Why one meal a day?
Replies: 674
Views: 79734

Re: Eating after midday.

Breaking the fast is allowed after dawn.... seen as.... a visible lightening of the sky on the Eastern horizon. So waking at 2.00 am and saying 'it's a new day' doesn't work. Traditionally a monk is not allowed to start alms round by leaving the temple before he can see the lines on the palm of his ...
by fabianfred
Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I would like to discuss the other four...
Replies: 1
Views: 605

I would like to discuss the other four...

Praise for the Sangha ...morning and evening chanting yad idam i.e., the four pairs − cattāri purisa-yugāni attha purisa-puggalā, the eight types − of Noble Ones: esa bhagavato sāvaka-sangho That is the Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples − Everyone talks about the Four types of Noble Ones...Araha...
by fabianfred
Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Third-Eye in Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 4724

Re: The Third-Eye in Buddhism

Someone is going to have to mention Lobsang Rampa, so here goes: The Third Eye - (1956) This is where it all started; an autobiography about a young man's journey into becoming a medical Lama and undergoing an operation to open the third eye. We are shown a glimpse into the Tibetan way of Lamasery ...
by fabianfred
Wed May 02, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monks who did not practise jhana?
Replies: 22
Views: 2206

Re: Monks who did not practise jhana?

Remember that a Buddha reaches self-awakening, having practiced as a Boddhisatta for aeons, so our path to awakening will be somewhat different.... We might know and understand the teachings intellectually but need to know them by experience and attain them by practice, whereas a Buddha was working ...
by fabianfred
Wed May 02, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monks who did not practise jhana?
Replies: 22
Views: 2206

Re: Monks who did not practise jhana?

Even now there are those who practice conentration techniques aiming for Jhana and those who practice vipassana techniques aiming for the Four Noble states, and there is often friction between them, each claiming theirs is the true method. I personally practice vipassana in the style of L.P.Teean. W...