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by befriend
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Uncovered Misery
Replies: 10
Views: 246

Re: Uncovered Misery

Tovincent, to restrain the Indriya do I just label what I experience as pleasant, unpleasant or neither or?
by befriend
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Uncovered Misery
Replies: 10
Views: 246

Re: Uncovered Misery

I just read The chapter in the book the power of now called dissolving the pain body. It says the negative emotions stored in our mind and body should be made aware of by observing them and not identifying with them. Awareness of these difficult states is what transmutes them into light. I have trie...
by befriend
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Uncovered Misery
Replies: 10
Views: 246

Uncovered Misery

I am familiar with the idea that meditation can bring up things in our consciousness that we were unaware of. I recently meditated 30 min metta and 30 minutes Mahasi vipassana for about a week. A lot of stuff came up. Grief, rage, sadness, loneliness, hatred, anger, now that I've opened Pandora's bo...
by befriend
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Looking for a new way
Replies: 9
Views: 215

Re: Looking for a new way

Hi john, A good Way to live and a better way to be is practicing the shorter discourse to Rahula Sutta.
by befriend
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Aversion to happiness
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Re: Aversion to happiness

Awesome thanks Paul.
by befriend
Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Aversion to happiness
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Aversion to happiness

I practiced the shorter discourse to Rahula sutta for the full day. This was on Monday. The sutta says to not think speak or act which would cause affliction to oneself others or both. At the end of the day I felt very happy and was looking forward to practicing this way the next day. But when I wok...
by befriend
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: lunatic or psychic
Replies: 16
Views: 363

Re: lunatic or psychic

IMHO hearing voices is just demons talking, maras trying to keep you from gaining progress. I don't think your hearing other humans thoughts that you are sitting next to on the subway. But I guess it's a psychic activity. Schizophrenics are typically above average intelligence and highly sensitive a...
by befriend
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abortion poll
Replies: 30
Views: 610

Re: Abortion poll

id like to leave this world without having anything of that gravity on my conscience not getting an abortion protects someone from serious remorse as well as those to be born. wishing in gladness and in safety may all beings be at ease wether they are weak or strong medium short or tall those seen a...
by befriend
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abortion poll
Replies: 30
Views: 610

Re: Abortion poll

There are any number of diseases and circumstances that could happen to someone in their life that could alter there entire existence id rather raise an unwanted human than be blind or have leprosy cancer etc... People get pissed when life doesn't go there way, life isn't under your control you don'...
by befriend
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana?
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Jhana?

Is there still awareness of the meditation object in the first jhana? I was just noting the in and out breathing and enter some very subtle rapture and like a state of not being aware of anything it was enjoyable as I felt like I could sit like that for a long time but my awareness was less than nor...
by befriend
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Cultivating happiness
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: Cultivating happiness

Thanks Sam Vera no I do not I was thinking of visiting a monastery this weekend though.
by befriend
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Cultivating happiness
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Cultivating happiness

In vipassana one is taught to not crave after pleasant internal states or crave external sensory experiences. But in Samatha or tranquility meditation it seems like it contradicts vipassana. I don't understand am I supposed to be meditating to get a higher joy than sense pleasures or am I supposed t...
by befriend
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Alternative techniques to enlightenment
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Alternative techniques to enlightenment

In Tibetan Buddhism they do analytical meditation like take an emotion and contemplate it. For example anger has the nature to burn up ones happiness it causes mistrust and feels uncomfortable what use is there of it? By repeatedly reflecting this way angry attitudes decrease. I have only tried this...
by befriend
Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The worst of both worlds
Replies: 23
Views: 525

Re: The worst of both worlds

Lay Dharma teachers seem to be able to balance they're lives well between meditation and lay life I assume some of them have families?
by befriend
Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Ajahn chah jhana
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Ajahn chah jhana

Did Ajahn chah practice jhana if so what was his method?
by befriend
Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 67
Views: 2097

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

The caste system. Don't a lot of Hindus still practice sleeping on nails and holding your arm up forever to burn up bad karma?
by befriend
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta references to the mind
Replies: 36
Views: 857

Re: Sutta references to the mind

In my experience from doing shikantaza the nature of the mind is the Union of compassion and wisdom.
by befriend
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Books on Reincarnation?
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: Best Books on Reincarnation?

The Tibetan book of the dead maybe? i don't know much about its validity but it's pretty specific about the whole dying bardo and rebirth
by befriend
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Invocations for Harmony
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: Invocations for Harmony

I would like Buddhists to set up a world wide sitting where we all chant the metta sutta. Instead of a walking protest where there would be danger. we can video tape ourselves chanting with other people and put it on Facebook. There is a very real threat that there will be more violence in USA peopl...
by befriend
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness directed to the body
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Mindfulness directed to the body

What is mindfulness directed to the body?