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by befriend
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Finding food
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Finding food

If a monk is walking somewhere that has naturally growing banana trees on land that isn't owned by anyone and there is a fallen banana on the ground is he allowed to pick it up and eat it?
by befriend
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Any suttas or resources on developing humility?
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Any suttas or resources on developing humility?

I think bowing causes humility. It's worth googling. try checking out which tradition bowing emphasizes humility.
by befriend
Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual Attractiveness and Kamma
Replies: 52
Views: 724

Re: Sexual Attractiveness and Kamma

I gave you as much verification of people having psychic powers as I could. Your not a believer and that's fine I don't argue religion, I tried to answer your question the best I could if your looking for an argument a good source for that is Buddhism without boundaries where Buddhists lean towards ...
by befriend
Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual Attractiveness and Kamma
Replies: 52
Views: 724

Re: Sexual Attractiveness and Kamma

Dipa ma was a Bengali women trained under munindra. She was naturally full of a huge amount of loving kindness. They wanted to see if psychic abilities were still attainable from practicing Samatha, she did develop psychic powers and could travel back in time to hear the Buddha give a sermon I forge...
by befriend
Sat May 27, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Cittasanto!
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: Happy Birthday Cittasanto!

Happy birthday cittasanto!!
by befriend
Fri May 26, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd
Replies: 80
Views: 1578

Re: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd

befriend wrote:if the self were the aggregates it would arise and cease if it were something other than the aggregates it would not have the characteristics of the aggregates

Nagarjuna
by befriend
Fri May 26, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd
Replies: 80
Views: 1578

Re: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd

if the self were the aggregates it would arise and cease if it were something other than the aggregates it would not have the characteristics of the aggregates
by befriend
Sun May 21, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Before becoming a forest monk...
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: Before becoming a forest monk...

I might be wrong but isn't it possible to eat two large meals before noon? Making refraining from eating at inappropriate times non problematic. Unless there was an all night vigil I could see hunger being a problem/test of patience.
by befriend
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How to love myself?
Replies: 33
Views: 989

Re: How to love myself?

Do you enjoy your own company? Where there is joy there is love. If you can have fun by yourself by being observant and using your intellect for fun you can be joyful, i find this gives me self kindness.
by befriend
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How to love myself?
Replies: 33
Views: 989

Re: How to love myself?

You follow the 5 precepts right? This in itself is a massive source of self confidence my teacher told me to reflect at the end of the day that I should get self esteem knowing I did not break any vow. Do not compare yourself to anyone else if that's an attitude everyone has something special to off...
by befriend
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Just sitting
Replies: 4
Views: 358

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: 212

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: 167

Re: Sakka

Thank you Venerable
by befriend
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sakka
Replies: 3
Views: 167

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: 672

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: 535

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: 610

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: 301

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: 301

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: 366

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...

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