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by befriend
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The suffering of others
Replies: 28
Views: 388

Re: The suffering of others

If they are suffering from negative thoughts I sit in the room with them and practice metta meditation so my energy eventually spreads to them and it changes their mood. If you have tried everything to help them and nothing works practicing equanimity which is awise emotional aloofness all beings ar...
by befriend
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation as a consequence
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Meditation as a consequence

I was watching a YouTube video of sadhguru I forget his name but he says meditation is a quality that comes out of being mature mentally physically emotionally and energetically it's a product of these things. I can somewhat relate to this as when Im having particularly good sila my mind naturally i...
by befriend
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Starving the defilements
Replies: 18
Views: 322

Re: Starving the defilements

Starving the defilements can mean sitting with your anger and doing a feelings scan through out your whole body and seeing the angers hot sensations moving and morphing changing into different sensations and seeing the other sensations in the body this gives a feeling of equanimity not caring about ...
by befriend
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Starving the defilements
Replies: 18
Views: 322

Re: Starving the defilements

Would spiritual joy such as jhana, brahma viharas, bliss of blamelessness, and rapture be considered other worldly pleasure which starves worldly greed?
by befriend
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Starving the defilements
Replies: 18
Views: 322

Starving the defilements

could Buddhism be theoretically described as the practice of starving the defilements? This seems like a simple theory of practice that I can wrap my head around. Having restraint of the six senses starves greed, generosity starves greed, loving kindness and refraining from ill will starves hatred, ...
by befriend
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Re: Negative thoughts

Thanks Sam vara
by befriend
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Re: Negative thoughts

It looks like it helps to just label the thought "afflictive" I will work with this and see how it goes
by befriend
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Re: Negative thoughts

Not obsessive thoughts just little annoying irritated thoughts like "i really don't like these people on tv" for example they just pop into my head sometimes through out the day
by befriend
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Negative thoughts

How do you handle negative thoughts that have just popped into your head unbidden without volitional? I don't want to say "out" because that can be more aversion. And I don't want them to turn into negative feeling tones. How do you manage negative thoughts in daily life? Thank you
by befriend
Thu May 16, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Abortion sources
Replies: 23
Views: 2599

Re: Abortion sources

Karaniya metta sutta: "wether weak strong medium short or tall those seen and unseen those living near and far away those born and to be born May all beings be at ease"
by befriend
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 39
Views: 1060

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

I'm making an assumption that may be wrong but after 25 years in the robes I'm sure he or she found some peace in awareness maybe the monastic means they haven't glimpsed stream winner. mindfulness of body gives rise to joy and pleasure after like 2 days
by befriend
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 39
Views: 1060

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

This is a good question. When I don't practice the eight fold path I'm not happy when I practice it for one day I am happy. Zen just means meditation there are 7 others path factors one needs in life to become happier or have a sense of well being. Mathew Riccard the Tibetan monk is scientifically t...