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by Claudia
Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The world will end (again) on Friday night
Replies: 16
Views: 921

Re: The world will end (again) on Friday night

If this also would be the end of my Samsara, I would really appreciate it. :thumbsup:
by Claudia
Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: thoughts on jesus
Replies: 24
Views: 3645

Re: thoughts on jesus

To me, Jesus seemed to be a great teacher - especially in loving kindness.
by Claudia
Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Honoring your parents and at the same time going against ..
Replies: 13
Views: 1146

Re: Honoring your parents and at the same time going against ..

Venerating and helping and loving parents doesn't mean that you have to do everything what they say That's how I think, too. My parents both had a lot of problems, my mother was depressive, my father neurotic and violent and even though I dedicated my life to the dhamma, in retrospect it was good t...
by Claudia
Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Samsaro"
Replies: 1
Views: 331

"Samsaro"

Dear friends, yesterday, I attended with one of the mothers I work for, a talk about young refugees. We watched a movie about a young man who reported about his escape in a crowded container and how he experienced the death of another refugee there. The most disconcerting report was told by a social...
by Claudia
Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are there any girls on this forum?
Replies: 23
Views: 1718

Re: Are there any girls on this forum?

I am a woman, too...... :D
by Claudia
Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 405
Views: 9478

Re: Is it ever O.K. to lie?

I take my vows (Silas) very, very seriously and I really try to keep them strictly. But if it ever would happen, that a Neo-Nazi would stand in front of my door and ask if my african adopted daughter or my african and disabled foster daughter is here, I definitly would lie and say "no" to protect my...
by Claudia
Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The train morality problem
Replies: 108
Views: 14765

Re: The train morality problem

Frankly I think, I would become so desperated and overchallengend that I would become completely incabable of action and getting a mental breakdown.
No matter how much I am trained to act in challenging situations - this situation would freeze me.
by Claudia
Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Metta Sutta, why so important?
Replies: 8
Views: 703

Re: The Metta Sutta, why so important?

This matter is touching me, although I don't have a direct answer, but I like to write why the Metty Sutta is maybe the most important Sutta to me. Before I start with my meditation, I often recite the Metta Sutta (translation by Sharon Salzberg) and it helps to open my heart. Depending on my own mo...
by Claudia
Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine
Replies: 54
Views: 4476

Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

At the moment, the question on justice seems to overstrain me a little. For many years, I worked for an international Human Rights Organisation and I still volunteer at the refugee council. I made many experiences, I experienced many times that sometimes I felt to be on my limit of tolerance and whe...
by Claudia
Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine
Replies: 54
Views: 4476

Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Additional, another thing came up into my mind. I asked myself: "What would the Buddha say about this?" (A friend of mine gave this inspiration to me - once he said: "When you have doubts and when you have to find answers: just think about: what would the Buddha do?") So I thought about, if the Budd...
by Claudia
Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine
Replies: 54
Views: 4476

Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

I had intended the discussion to revolve around a Buddhist response to a monk acting in this way. The Muslim component is quite beside the point, and the emerging tit-for-tat mentality in some posts is quite embarrassing. I also think, that "tit-for-tat" is not the right way ( I wanted to write som...
by Claudia
Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine
Replies: 54
Views: 4476

Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

Although Muslims have destroyed countless great monuments in Buddhism but there is no need to destroy their shrine.
I agree with you. At the moment I feel confused, because that's not the way how I understand the Dhamma.
May they be able to find a peacful way and dialogue to solve the problems.
by Claudia
Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Going to temple
Replies: 18
Views: 1205

Re: Going to temple

To me it is always very special when I go to the temple and see my teacher there.
After a visit at the temple, I always feel inspired and it confirms my confidence. I feel so happy that we have a temple not too far away from us.
by Claudia
Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where were you on 9-11?
Replies: 23
Views: 1791

Re: Where were you on 9-11?

I also remember this day very well. On this day (I was 31 years then), I did a little job in a jewellry store, a long time before I started social working. I remembert that this day started very relaxed and I went with a sunshiny feeling to work, because I always enjoy to work. As far as I remember,...
by Claudia
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the earth shook
Replies: 11
Views: 841

Re: the earth shook

I am glad to read that you are all right.
The news hit me: I had been so many, many, many times in Washington DC and I was really glad to read in Facebook that friends of us are doing fine.
by Claudia
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is everything Suffering?
Replies: 138
Views: 10170

Re: Is everything Suffering?

As far as I understand, suffering is conditioned to the fact, that we always want to keep "good feelings". When a good feeling ends, we want to experience this or another good feeling, again and we try to "get" it. The "hunger" for the good feelings means in my understanding to suffer. The ceasing o...
by Claudia
Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:39 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Love relationships and renunciation
Replies: 13
Views: 2665

Re: Love relationships and renunciation

Thank you some much for sharing your experience. It gladdens me to hear such a story of success and happiness. Does your husband follow a particular path? Do you have common friends who put forth spirituality in their lives? Could monastic life, or the idea that we may have of it become the object ...
by Claudia
Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:09 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Love relationships and renunciation
Replies: 13
Views: 2665

Re: Love relationships and renunciation

Dear kareniel, a relationship or a beloved partner needn't to be necessarily a hindrance. My husband and I are married since 20 years now and we support each other to grow inside. My husband is not a practicing buddhist, but to me he is a role model in calmness, kindness, patience.... and we are com...
by Claudia
Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can an arahant be sad?
Replies: 6
Views: 628

Re: Can an arahant be sad?

Thank you for that very good question and answer. :thumbsup:
by Claudia
Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Question about Vajrayana
Replies: 30
Views: 2725

Re: Question about Vajrayana

Dear Steve, it came additionally into my mind that from the very first beginning I had really unexplainable problems to accept the teacher (Rinpoche) of the group and I felt very bad about it. I thought that something is wrong with me. And the "funny" thing is: I never, never met him personally. Whe...