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by befriend
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: need helpl pls - from Buddhist Prayers, Mantras
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Re: need helpl pls - from Buddhist Prayers, Mantras

The best way to deal with demons is to take a medication and do good. This is a common problem and I myself am still afflicted by some type of demon. Telling me it wants to kill me. I have been doing metta and mindfulness and charity for 11 years and the spirit has lost most of its power. Reciting t...
by befriend
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Compassion fatigue
Replies: 14
Views: 144

Re: Compassion fatigue

My intentions should be coming from a place of compassionate thoughts rather than just doing good. That's really helpful thank you kalyanamittas 😀
by befriend
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Compassion fatigue
Replies: 14
Views: 144

Compassion fatigue

Has anyone experienced compassion fatigue? i volunteer and also help my parents and it makes me happy in moderation but it's taxing on me or taxing on my defilements I'm not sure. Before I do something good I have to give myself a pep talk about how Buddha fed himself to a hungry tigress and all the...
by befriend
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Lay people interaction with monks
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: Lay people interaction with monks

When greeting a bhikkhu you should put your palms in prayer pose at your heart then bow your head slightly downward and then bring your palms remained In prayer pose to your forehead, then resume a normal posture. This is what I do for the monks at an American Thai forest monastery. There might be a...
by befriend
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Brahmaviharas as a main meditation Practice?
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Re: Brahmaviharas as a main meditation Practice?

I practiced metta for 3 hour sessions 3 days in a row. As my sole practice. When I stopped on the 4th day my hindrances exploded I felt like a heroin addict. Because what Samatha does is temporarily suppress the hindrances. But when you stop they all just burst out like a jack in the box. My late te...
by befriend
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Hell from doing metta?
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Re: Hell from doing metta?

Thanks guys that puts my mind at ease.
by befriend
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Hell from doing metta?
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Re: Hell from doing metta?

I don't know why someone who is very virtuous, very giving can become a human in a favorable condition or a deva. Id rather do this than do metta and end up in hell.
by befriend
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Hell from doing metta?
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Re: Hell from doing metta?

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... el238.html I'm reading the sutta in the anguttara nikaya 8:36 called three bases of merit. This link shows what happens to a human by practicing moral discipline to a high degree and giving to a high degree, but not meditation.
by befriend
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Hell from doing metta?
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Re: Hell from doing metta?

seeker242 wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:37 am
Hell from doing metta?
How could doing a good action lead to bad consequences?
I have no idea.
by befriend
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Hell from doing metta?
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Re: Hell from doing metta?

That seems odd the suttas say that. What if I practice metta and vipassana but I'm still not a stream winner when I die?
by befriend
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Hell from doing metta?
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Hell from doing metta?

Can anyone comment on the sutta called from the divine realms to the infernal? Hopefully venerable pesala or venerable dhammanando whom are good at clearing up doubts. My past teacher said doing metta will not make you go to heaven and then to hell. She said what this sutta is emphasizing is that ev...
by befriend
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 431

Re: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism

😀nature is kamma beings inhabit the world created by their actions. That's why earth has good things and bad things, humans have good qualities like kindness, patience, but they also have hate and arrogance thats why earth is part pleasure part pain. Gods are reborn in a plane consistent with there ...
by befriend
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness is the direct path?
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: Mindfulness is the direct path?

It is possible to come back to a human state directly after being in heaven.
by befriend
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness is the direct path?
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: Mindfulness is the direct path?

I agree that heaven isn't a dependable eternal refuge. But metta is not a cause to be reborn eventually in an afflicted realm.
by befriend
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness is the direct path?
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: Mindfulness is the direct path?

I don't think it means you are certain to go to the animal ghost or hell realms by doing metta I think it just means there's still a possibility. Buddha was a brahma for a while after spending seven years doing metta that didn't cause him to go to hell though after being in a heaven realm.