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by befriend
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?
Replies: 11
Views: 109

Re: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?

I was in a car sitting next to someone who was in a tired grumpy mood I started to mentally recite the metta sutta and after a few minutes I could sense his spirits lift I kept going for the whole car ride it made me feel better towards him and also made him happy.
by befriend
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Intellect
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Intellect

Can using the intellect meaning thinking rationally be a form of renunciant happiness Would enjoying this activity lessen attachment to mundane sensual pleasures?
by befriend
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Appeal to Buddhists to support Rohingya refugees
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Appeal to Buddhists to support Rohingya refugees

Sadhu. Just signed it
by befriend
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Dispelling hatred and resentment
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Dispelling hatred and resentment

A good attitude to cultivate when someone harms you is understanding they will receive bad kamma. So instead of having angry thoughts towards them you can feel sorry for them and even have compassion for them because they will suffer from the law of kamma vipaka.
by befriend
Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Does negative thinking matter?
Replies: 37
Views: 659

Re: Does negative thinking matter?

Yes that's the sutta. I'm not sure what's causing your anxiety but doing this practice can't hurt. After doing a day of this applying it to every action mental verbal and physical I felt the bliss of blamelessness it was a very pleasant abiding.
by befriend
Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Does negative thinking matter?
Replies: 37
Views: 659

Re: Does negative thinking matter?

I follow the Rahula sutta sometimes I did it all day one time and I asked myself is this afflictive to myself or others or both? When a negative thought came up or intention for negative behavior this motto just naturally released the negative thought intention by itself. I think letting go of negat...
by befriend
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?
Replies: 19
Views: 361

Re: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?

Closed eyes creates more concentration if that's what your looking for.
by befriend
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Cape Cod MA
Replies: 8
Views: 291

Re: Hello from Cape Cod MA

The resident teacher of Insight Mediation Society visits the Community center in Harwich once a month there is a sitting group that meets once a week there called the insight meditation circle.
by befriend
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Headaches from bhavana
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: Headaches from bhavana

I think that was the case I've never done anapanasati before and was trying to really see almost every feeling from the breath.
by befriend
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Schools are teaching kids empathy and self-control.
Replies: 24
Views: 490

Re: Schools are teaching kids empathy and self-control.

Do you remember elementary school? how can this be a bad thing? Cyber bullying and bullying and drug use are what spurred this brahma Viharas in the classroom. Practicing compassion is never dangerous. Kids used to make fun of my big ears and I remember Indian sunburns head locks and kids punching e...
by befriend
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What now?
Replies: 11
Views: 373

Re: What now?

Thank you pondera it's pretty bad as my situation has not changed. Every time I think a wholesome thought something as trivial as oh I'll clean up my coffee filter so my father can use it. This causes my headache if a negative or neutral thought arises there is no headache. I am aware of some adhamm...
by befriend
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What now?
Replies: 11
Views: 373

Re: What now?

It's not really a headache it's like this psychic pressure pushing on my brain. I don't know what it actually is
by befriend
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What now?
Replies: 11
Views: 373

Re: What now?

My practice added to the schizophrenia is causing the headaches
by befriend
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What now?
Replies: 11
Views: 373

Re: What now?

I did 20 minutes of metta today and could feel this pressure on the right side of my head then after I meditated I became symptomatic.
by befriend
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What now?
Replies: 11
Views: 373

Re: What now?

Lyndon Taylor if your still around the forum I'd love your advice.
by befriend
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What now?
Replies: 11
Views: 373

What now?

After meditating normally doing Anapanasati and metta I have realized I cannot meditate due to my mental illness. Although this is kind of a tragedy I think I can still progress in the Dhamma maybe I'll aim at heaven not nibbana. It's hard because I've come to a point where meditation was hugely mor...
by befriend
Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: how do you do mettā
Replies: 20
Views: 574

Re: how do you do mettā

Venerable bhikkhu pesala has metta instructions on his website aimwell it's how the Buddha taught metta. The theory behind metta practice is like a snowball effect the more you do it the easier it is to love those who are difficult because you get so much metta in your heart it just spills over to t...
by befriend
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Buddhist solution to anxiety
Replies: 22
Views: 458

Re: Buddhist solution to anxiety

I used to have paralyzing anxiety the more good things I did mentally verbally and physically this decreases your anxiety good karma decreases bad karma.
by befriend
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Headaches from bhavana
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Headaches from bhavana

I have increased my meditation schedule to about 20 minutes of brahma viharas and 30 minutes of mindfulness of breathing a day. I'm normally not this consistent with my practice and now I have a constant headache every time I wish someone well the headache gets worse. I'm not sure what to do it may ...
by befriend
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 63
Views: 2008

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

That's an unwholesome extremist view the Buddhas teachings his actually words are in this day an age recorded so well we can with confidence say this is the Buddhas Dhamma Buddha might as well still be alive his teachings are spreading to the Americas and Africa what harm is there in bhikkhuni ordin...