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by befriend
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Just sitting
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: Just sitting

Shikantaza is just what happens when you have correct posture. It's awareness minus effort and you realize the heart of your being is compassionate loving and joyful.
by befriend
Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: posting suttas on blogs
Replies: 5
Views: 130

posting suttas on blogs

how would i post suttas on a blog? is there a copyright issue concerning this?
by befriend
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sakka
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Sakka

Thank you Venerable
by befriend
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sakka
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Sakka

Does anyone know how Sakka became a god? I may be wrong but was it because he was capable and he and his friends did plenty of volunteer work in the community? He could also think incredibly fast is this accurate? Thanks befriend
by befriend
Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Replies: 17
Views: 464

Re: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The book brain lock is a self therapy book written by a Buddhist and It has gotten terrific results with curing ocd
by befriend
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 30
Views: 353

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

In Buddhism I think kamma vipaka is incredibly similar to the Christian notion of a monotheistic father in heaven who's wrath is felt by the wicked and the virtuous people are protected and recipients of his generosity.
by befriend
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Your Practice Schedule/Technique?
Replies: 16
Views: 405

Re: What is Your Practice Schedule/Technique?

Interesting you guys who are backing off of meditation. I feel the answer to how often you should meditate is - as much as possible. But obviously, real life often intervenes. you may or may not become enlightened from meditating but if you focus on sila and Dana you will become a good person it's ...
by befriend
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dana question
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Dana question

When you give with an altruistic mind there is renunciation because your letting go of a possession there is metta because it's intending to make someone happy but I'm not sure how wisdom fits in?
by befriend
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dana question
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Dana question

Are renunciation, kindness and wisdom present in the act of charitable giving?
by befriend
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pathologizing aversion?
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Pathologizing aversion?

Greetings, Is regarding aversion as "anxiety", "phobia" etc. a means of pathologizing aversion, and thereby leading people to seek remedies to such things in the realm of modern psychology and psychiatry, rather than in the traditional domains of religion & philosophy? If so...
by befriend
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)
Replies: 48
Views: 3910

Re: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)

I can't find it not sure the spelling
by befriend
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)
Replies: 48
Views: 3910

Re: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)

There is a Pali word akatata which means because one has not done I will look it up and see what it means in depth
by befriend
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Theory of uprooting defilements
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Theory of uprooting defilements

Thank you
by befriend
Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)
Replies: 48
Views: 3910

Re: The Ethics of Non Action (General Theravada version)

Shouldn't it be obvious when you understand volition is kamma? The action or consequences of doesn't matter, just intention. Kamma and vipaka is not based Soley on volition Hindu ascetics bury themselves in sand and people sacrifice animals with good intention but it is mixed with confusion and wil...
by befriend
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good religions
Replies: 15
Views: 336

Re: Good religions

Thanks lucas
by befriend
Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Theory of uprooting defilements
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Theory of uprooting defilements

When I do vipassana for a long time often defilements get stirred up afterwards is this how meditation works? You observe the rising and falling of the abdominal movements then this causes the defilements to come up then you do what with them? Note the emotion then See which of the three feeling ton...
by befriend
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good religions
Replies: 15
Views: 336

Good religions

Did the Buddha say that if a religion increases good qualities and decreases negative qualities it is beneficial? I think there is a sutta that says something about this anyone know the one?
by befriend
Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szazs
Replies: 12
Views: 313

Re: "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szazs

i have a serious mental illness and it is not caused by the material world in my experience. It is defenitely spiritual. If it's a ghost if it's trauma of its karma if it's a Mara trying to stop me from spreading Dhamma it doesn't matter. What matters is that you take your medicine, work, and do as ...
by befriend
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clarifying Buddhist position on prayer
Replies: 35
Views: 1349

Re: Clarifying Buddhist position on prayer

how do you pray to god if you don't mind me asking? How do you define God? This could help people with giving you a more specialized response.
by befriend
Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: abhidhammic perspective on delusion
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: abhidhammic perspective on delusion

Out of the three personality types the delusional kind is someone who would walk into a room and not know what to do or say and not really know what's going on. Neutrality causes people to space out don't know if that's delusion I think it might be. I would look into reactions to neutral phenomena a...

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