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by being5
Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: karmic cause of schizophrenia
Replies: 168
Views: 18922

Re: karmic cause of schizophrenia

I have a story I think is relevant here. It's not scientific it's from heart and intuition, from the empirical side of life. The beloved partner of my youth had smoked a lot of cannabis in the swinging 60's and on into the 70's. In 1978 he jumped off a building and thus ended his own life. Cruelly, ...
by being5
Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Association with the noble ones, precondition for stream-ent
Replies: 14
Views: 2009

Re: Association with the noble ones, precondition for stream-ent

thanks for the replies. David as for a reference I read this in "The Jhanas and the Lay Disciple" by Bhikkhu Bodhi "The Sutta Piṭaka mentions four preconditions for reaching the path, called sotāpattiyaṅga, factors of stream-entry, namely: association with superior people (i.e., with the noble ones)...
by being5
Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Association with the noble ones, precondition for stream-ent
Replies: 14
Views: 2009

Association with the noble ones, precondition for stream-ent

One of the four preconditions for reaching stream-entry is association with the noble ones. Seems that many lay people reached stream-entry in the Buddha's time - presumably they associated with the Buddha and the Sangha. But what does this mean for us in daily lay life in the 21st Century? What doe...
by being5
Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Can my cat be reborn as a human being?
Replies: 118
Views: 9158

Re: Can my cat be reborn as a human being?

Hi Perrow, Anguli Mala was a person in the time of Buddha who killed 999 people in the same life in which he later achieved full enlightenment. If you are worried that puss is forever doomed because s/he kills other creatures this shows us that it is not so. (Of course, it doesn't mean killing is OK...
by being5
Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: rebirth, kamma, progress
Replies: 13
Views: 2531

Re: rebirth, kamma, progress

Ben wrote: The way I look at it is that we should be focused on attaining (at least) sotapatti in this life. I can't honestly believe that I, personally, have even the remotest chance of achieving stream entry in this present lifetime. I feel mocked by the idea. (Not by you, of course, but by the i...
by being5
Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: rebirth, kamma, progress
Replies: 13
Views: 2531

rebirth, kamma, progress

What possibilities might exist for positive kamma if the life following this one is as, say, a cockroach or a tapeworm or a jellyfish or a tiger or ... etc. I can't see any. Does it mean that being born "lower" than a human birth that from there on it's all backwards, away from nibbana (or, at best,...
by being5
Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why meditate
Replies: 18
Views: 1872

Re: Why meditate

thankyou all for your replies, words of advice, links and quotes. All useful to try and get a look at the problem from another angle. I've been meditating for 10+ years and in the past when problems crop up I have just kept going telling myself that the Dhamma will lead me on. I wanted to add that I...
by being5
Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why meditate
Replies: 18
Views: 1872

Re: Why meditate

thankyou for all for your replies, I appreciate you taking the time to post. Moggalana wrote Meditation leads to a calm, clear, purified mind (samatha) and allows you to investigate the nature of reality (vipassana). :) So they say. But so far that hasn't been my experience. Like Collective I seem t...
by being5
Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why meditate
Replies: 18
Views: 1872

Why meditate

Can someone say why we meditate? I seem to have lost the plot a bit. Feeling strong mental rebellion about sitting have now just stopped. I'm not happy about it but when I do sit my mind is just all over the place. So it seems pointless, it's not really meditation is it? It's just sitting on a medit...
by being5
Fri Dec 25, 2009 3:37 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: meretricious and happy new beer
Replies: 22
Views: 1331

Re: meretricious and happy new beer

The Sayadaw U Pandita book was mentioned in another thread and I ordered it from the Book Depository. It arrived in under 2 weeks and cost $16.20 (Australian) because they pay the freight ! Ben, I hope the retreat was beneficial. I'm going for a 10 dayer on Sunday. Christmas morning was spent under ...
by being5
Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Inspiring Quotes
Replies: 10
Views: 1001

Re: Inspiring Quotes

Well, I like Chris' signature:
---The trouble is that you think you have time---

being5
by being5
Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:19 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: "bowls" and "bowels" - what a howler!
Replies: 26
Views: 2291

Re: "bowls" and "bowels" - what a howler!

from the link Pannasikhara posted there is another link to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_linguistic_example_sentences and a sentence with five ands is given there: # For my sign, please put more room between the Smith and and and and and Sons. ("The 'Smith' and 'and,' and 'and' and 'Sons'.) ...
by being5
Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:29 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: "bowls" and "bowels" - what a howler!
Replies: 26
Views: 2291

Re: "bowls" and "bowels" - what a howler!

Kim, I could get to five consecutive ands by pretending a conversation between two people discussing digital signals. In digital logic there are elements called, collectively, 'gates'. Gates are named according to their functions: AND, NAND, OR, NOR, XOR, (maybe others I've missed - it's been a whil...
by being5
Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama
Replies: 34
Views: 6317

Re: Samyutta-Nikaya & Samyuktagama

Hello Suanck, The Australasian Digital Theses Program lists Australasian theses http://adt.caul.edu.au/homesearch If you do a search on "Choong" you will find the thesis you are interested in listed amongst the results (Number 28). It is not available online from the University of Qld. which awarded...
by being5
Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is it that clings?
Replies: 23
Views: 2941

Re: What is it that clings?

The teabag has been steeping, the practice has been continuing and last week a Dhamma talk by Ajahn Sucitto helped further towards an answer to the question "What is it that clings?". I post the link here for those who might also find it helpful. The particular talk is "No End In Sight!" (but I coul...