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by befriend
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: Slandering buddha

Good call scottpen.
by befriend
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Slandering buddha

Dear moderators, after reading the superstition thread, I think we should have a policy in the forum rules guideline that inhibits people from putting false words in shakyamuni Buddhas mouth. Coming up with theories that say "Buddha taught about ghosts because he had to teach to the audience". Thing...
by befriend
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Love in sutta or commantaries?
Replies: 10
Views: 139

Re: Love in sutta or commantaries?

Dipa Ma the life and legacy of a Buddhist master. Awareness meditation and compassion meditation should not be looked on as being seperate when you are doing one you are doing the other. Paraphrased.
by befriend
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Love in sutta or commantaries?
Replies: 10
Views: 139

Re: Love in sutta or commantaries?

My point about kamma being a kind of love is that it encourages us to do good and avoid evil. It always supports us when we do good things buddha called the law of kamma the light of the world. So metaphysically speaking the heart of the universe is good willed in believing that we receive happy exp...
by befriend
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Love in sutta or commantaries?
Replies: 10
Views: 139

Re: Love in sutta or commantaries?

The law of kamma vipaka is a law of nature like gravity. When you act from a place of goodwill which is unconditional love, compassion or renunciation, there is a good fortune or experiential inheritance in the form of human life, beauty, longevity heaven and similar positive things and also the bli...
by befriend
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 51
Views: 754

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

The mindfulness generated from zen cleared up my mind and I have less negative thoughts today from last night. So shikantaza is when you sit with correct posture, breathe from the belly, open your eyes, have a soft gaze at a 45 degree angle downwards and let thoughts pass. It's nothing more than bei...
by befriend
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 51
Views: 754

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

Zen practice allows you to let go of defilements cultivate huuuuuge amounts of sincere compassion and leads to insights I did some shikantaza last night and had an insight into the nature of thought which was thoughts are just nothing but conventional signs pointing to reality they are not realities...
by befriend
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Racism in Theravada?
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Racism in Theravada?

Defining ones status by birth is wrong view according to Buddha. What made Buddha such a radical of his time was that he said it is actions which make one a Brahmin or noble one not by birth lineage.
by befriend
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?
Replies: 15
Views: 370

Re: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?

Some westerners carry self hatred. The Dalai Lama was asked about the topic of self hatred and he didn't know what it was because he couldn't understand why someone would hate themselves. Westerners are taught to be independent and have a strong out going personality if you have poor social skills w...
by befriend
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 339

Re: What is merit?

Buddha is not contradicting himself avoiding evil is good kamma doing good is good kamma.
by befriend
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 339

Re: What is merit?

Stillness, Buddha recommended doing good things not only refraining from evil.
by befriend
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 339

Re: What is merit?

isnt it good to make merit for the purpose of going to a safe realm like human or deva or brahma realm so we don't have to be reborn in a woeful plane? This is a question not a declaration.
by befriend
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 339

Re: What is merit?

Merit is good kamma. Bright kamma with bright results.
by befriend
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How is Mahasi not a samatha practice?
Replies: 18
Views: 446

Re: How is Mahasi not a samatha practice?

someone correct me if I'm wrong but I thought what makes Mahasi an insight practice or vipassana is that the object ones paying attention to is impermanent. Samatha is meditating on a stabilized conventional reality where vipassana is an impermanent ultimate reality i.e. Not an idea. I could be way ...