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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: 15365

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: 1778

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: 1778

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
Topic: Can my cat be reborn as a human being?
Replies: 118
Views: 8194

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: 2447

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: 2447

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: 1762

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: 1762

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: 1762

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
Topic: meretricious and happy new beer
Replies: 22
Views: 1093

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: 837

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
Topic: "bowls" and "bowels" - what a howler!
Replies: 26
Views: 1973

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
Topic: "bowls" and "bowels" - what a howler!
Replies: 26
Views: 1973

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: 5948

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: 2246

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...
by being5
Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:44 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso
Replies: 566
Views: 105286

Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso

I've been reading this thread but have no attachment to either "side" - it's something that I feel quite neutral about. Obviously this is not so for others. When I read postings where Ajahn Brahm or Ajahn Sujato is referred to simply as "Brahm" or "Sujato" to me it sounds rather dismissive and disre...
by being5
Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monks' & Nuns' names
Replies: 8
Views: 1510

Monks' & Nuns' names

Are monks & nuns given their names at ordination? How are the names chosen and by whom? Might there be two (or more) monastics contemporary with each other both having the same name? If names are given at ordination what happens with 'novices' - are they called by their ordinary lay names? thanks be...
by being5
Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doing Time, Doing Vipassana
Replies: 25
Views: 4092

Re: Doing Time, Doing Vipassana

passing on this notice for anyone in Sydney (Australia) who wants to see Dhamma Brothers: There will be a free screening of the film Dhamma Brothers at the Chauvelle cinema, Paddington on Thursday 19th November at 7:15pm. This highly acclaimed film was made in a high security United States prison in...
by being5
Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso
Replies: 566
Views: 105286

Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso

Some months ago I listened with interest to three recordings of Ajahn Sujato addressing a gathering at BSWA where the proposed Bhikkhuni ordination was being discussed. In one talk each of the nuns speaks briefly about what full ordination would mean to her. http://www.bswa.org/modules/mydownloads/v...
by being5
Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Gratitude Gathering - S.N.Goenka
Replies: 2
Views: 1069

Gratitude Gathering - S.N.Goenka

Hello All, Interested to know if anyone on this forum (or anyone you know) is planning to go to the Gratitude Gathering (details below). being5 _____________________________ Gratitude Gathering When Goenkaji remembers the early days of Vipassana his mind is filled with immense gratitude for all thos...