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by befriend
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a lay person learn, practice and become peaceful and happy?
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: Can a lay person learn, practice and become peaceful and happy?

I am happy because I have a few close friends, and because volunteering gives me Kusala feelings and mindfulness makes me happy. I am not married and have no kids so not sure how that would impact my citta like most other lay people probably have wife and kids.
by befriend
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 17
Views: 266

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

I think it's a very moral issue. If women can't be fully ordained how will they become arahants? Dipa ma probably would have become an Arahant if she could ordain.
by befriend
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is vipassana and anapanasati?
Replies: 39
Views: 407

Re: What is vipassana and anapanasati?

Vipassana is observing how things arise and pass there many types of vipassana. The theory of vipassana is to experience the impermanent, unsatisfying, selfless nature of everything. These three things are called the three universal characteristics when you dwell in a state of clear seeing the mind ...
by befriend
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Stiphan!
Replies: 4
Views: 46

Re: Happy Birthday Stiphan!

Happy birthday!!!
by befriend
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 723

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

He was racist hated immigrants and hated gays
by befriend
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 723

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

Apparently this person was a racist xenophobic homophobic if trump wants to scapegoat this on people suffering from a mental illness he should shut his mouth and denounce nazis.
by befriend
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 723

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

No one knows if he had a mental illness being a deranged asshole isn't in the psychiatric diagnosis manual. Unless he's a sociopath.
by befriend
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: why the reluctance??!
Replies: 27
Views: 341

Re: why the reluctance??!

There is a middle way between indifference and proselytizing which I have suggested in my previous posts.
by befriend
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: why the reluctance??!
Replies: 27
Views: 341

Re: why the reluctance??!

There is no problem with putting flyers up around town or posting events in the newspaper to come to a Buddhist group or to see a Dhamma teacher.
by befriend
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: why the reluctance??!
Replies: 27
Views: 341

Re: why the reluctance??!

Some Dhamma teachers reach sitting groups via Skype where there's a will there's a way.
by befriend
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: why the reluctance??!
Replies: 27
Views: 341

Re: why the reluctance??!

invite a monk or Dhamma teacher to come talk at a Unitarian Universalist church. Put up flyers around town for it every month and start a sitting group. This is how the Dhamma is spread.
by befriend
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks ever eat what they want?
Replies: 18
Views: 223

Re: Can monks ever eat what they want?

For monks food is not meant for pleasure or beautification but for the development of the holy life. Why be a monk if you are still chasing after certain delicious foods.
by befriend
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dedication of merit to grandma
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Dedication of merit to grandma

My grandmother just passed away it would make me feel good and be beautiful if you could dedicate your sila and bhavana merit towards her. She was a very sweet women and was always saying Hail Marys under breath. :anjali: :heart:
by befriend
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2156

Re: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

Not selfish of the siddartha to try to seek the end of suffering for himself leaving his wife and children, he saw suffering for the first time in his whole life seeing the divine messengers of a sick man dying man etc.. his quest to end suffering may have never succeeded it was a dart of intense co...
by befriend
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 25
Views: 633

Re: Loneliness

there was a study done on a group of Italian Americans who lived in a tight knit community town they ate far worse foods than most average Americans but had an exemplary low percentage of heart disease way less than the average american. Eventually this town over decades grew less close knit as ther...
by befriend
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Mindfulness Meditation
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Mindfulness Meditation

:thumbsup:
by befriend
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Which sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 182

Re: Which sutta

Thank you for that theY 😀 Sadhu
by befriend
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2156

Re: Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

I see it as a sacrifice, he may have known it would be hard for his family? Sacrifice is when you give up a lesser good for a higher good.
by befriend
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 22
Views: 513

Re: Dukkha

I'm not saying I'm not affected by good and bad or neutral experiences but when doing vipassana you let go of good and bad love and hate and just witness the never ending flux of phenomena this diminishes your greed hate/aversion and delusion because you see there is nothing to want, hate or to conf...