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by floating_abu
Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What the Zennies say...?
Replies: 39
Views: 4420

Re: What the Zennies say...?

I recently spoke to a Seon nun who suggested that practices like Anapanasati, Jhana and so on can actually exagerate the ego instead of revealing its nature. She recommended practices like Hwadu/Koan in order to directly address the ego. Thoughts...? BB... Well firstly it is problematic and as this...
by floating_abu
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Modus Ponens!
Replies: 6
Views: 1028

Re: Happy Birthday Modus Ponens!

HB! Many happy returns. :group:
by floating_abu
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Others are cruel, we shall not be cruel"
Replies: 37
Views: 6544

Re: "Others are cruel, we shall not be cruel"

Great thread, starter. Having been subject to baseless lies, accusation and hypocrisy recently, it is a good reminder.
Merci.
by floating_abu
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Morning meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 3026

Re: Morning meditation

Remember that most retreats will have you going to bed around ten or so - it only takes a day or two to really get used to that schedule if you work towards it in the week or so beforehand. In general, one needs less sleep during a retreat. After all, you're not doing much but sitting! I don't thin...
by floating_abu
Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How do you contemplate anatta?
Replies: 85
Views: 9053

Re: How do you contemplate anatta?

Sure, but some people do manage to lose weight. ;) If form were self, one could eat as much as one likes and not get fat but since it is not so ........ One could command the body not to get sick or grow old. Agreed. But I don't find the "lack of control over the aggregates" argument for anatta ent...
by floating_abu
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation routine
Replies: 6
Views: 1760

Re: Meditation routine

I think samatha for beginners is fine, if you want you can start with 5 minutes of metta, I guess.
by floating_abu
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:35 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Western Theravda organisations - propagation?
Replies: 34
Views: 6615

Re: Western Theravda organisations - propagation?

I am generalizing here because there are some exceptions, but what I have noticed is that the Ajahn Chah based monasteries / Ajahn Brahm monasteries and the bhikkhuni monasteries seem to be doing a good job at propagation and developing a sense of community among Western-convert Buddhists and the A...
by floating_abu
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it still possible to get enlightened?
Replies: 27
Views: 4013

Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

BlackBird wrote: They are worldlings
I would have thought they are human beings, like you and I might be :tongue:
by floating_abu
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Oregon!
Replies: 8
Views: 1859

Re: Hello from Oregon!

Welcome.
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How do you contemplate anatta?
Replies: 85
Views: 9053

Re: How do you contemplate anatta?

Do you mean meditation is a direct method, Spiny?
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants
Replies: 150
Views: 31717

Re: Arahants

tiltbillings wrote:it is probably just as well that arahants remain unknown.
Agreed, hiding seems a much better proposition IMO.
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it still possible to get enlightened?
Replies: 27
Views: 4013

Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

In the way the Buddha talked about? Yes or no? Is there any 'evidence'? It also seems like a lot of different people mean a lot of different things by enlightenment. I would have thought yes, and I would have thought that nothing anybody else says can actually prove it. That's why Buddhism is so di...
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it still possible to get enlightened?
Replies: 27
Views: 4013

Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

Here's what Ajaan Lee Dhammadaro said about it: When I first became aware of the conflicting views held by people who practice — and of how ill-informed they are — I felt inspired by their desire to learn the truth, but at the same time dismayed over their views: right mixed with wrong, some people ...
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Western Theravda organisations - propagation?
Replies: 34
Views: 6615

Re: Western Theravda organisations - propagation?

Thanissaro Bhikkhu has done a lot of good work translating.
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dullness arising from lack of emotion in meditation
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: Dullness arising from lack of emotion in meditation

What Ben said, drop the expectations and desires.
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 8442

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst (/within you)”

Luke 17:20-21
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 8442

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Thomas Merton explored this topic a bit, I believe. Others: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you fa...
by floating_abu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Will I ever be able to sit comfortably?
Replies: 7
Views: 883

Re: Will I ever be able to sit comfortably?

It's not too late to try. You can incorporate gentle stretching exercises, light walking. Try different positions eg. burmese and sitting on a chair is a possibility.
by floating_abu
Fri May 31, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello to everyone !
Replies: 8
Views: 1979

Re: Hello to everyone !

Welcome.
by floating_abu
Fri May 24, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: The return of the possibly imaginary giant hedgehog
Replies: 10
Views: 3302

Re: The return of the possibly imaginary giant hedgehog

You'll always be a cool guy to me, Spiny :p