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by ringo
Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Yardwork
Replies: 6
Views: 1270

Re: Yardwork

Another good article: http://www.khmerbuddhism.com/profiles/b ... of-grasses" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by ringo
Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Yardwork
Replies: 6
Views: 1270

Re: Yardwork

Plants are living organisms which grow in the earth and have the ability to convert sunlight into the energy they need for growth. Buddhism considers plants to be one-facultied (ekindriya) life forms (Vin.III,155). The traditional way of classifying plants in ancient India was as medical herbs (osa...
by ringo
Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The results of sensuality
Replies: 8
Views: 2428

Re: The results of sensuality

Friend santa100,

I agree with you. However, I only ask for an analogy, preferably from the pali canon, to get a better idea of the thing going on.
by ringo
Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The results of sensuality
Replies: 8
Views: 2428

Re: The results of sensuality

"Bhikshus, one having sensual desires is reborn as an individual into this or that existence depending
on what constitutes merit or on what constitutes demerit"
But how am I supposed to understand/see this? I believe that it is true out of respect for the Buddha but I cannot see it.
by ringo
Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The results of sensuality
Replies: 8
Views: 2428

The results of sensuality

And what is the result of sensuality? One who wants sensuality produces a corresponding state of existence, on the side of merit or demerit. -http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an06/an06.063.than.html Greetings, What is the detailed meaning of this statement? With reference to the quoted st...
by ringo
Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The truth value of Hell realms
Replies: 28
Views: 1836

Re: The truth value of Hell realms

Here is some text I found on a site (http://www.floweringofgoodness.org/buddhist-scriptures-61.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) without any references. The Eight Great Narakas (Hells) There are the Sanjiva, Kalasutta, Sanghata and also the Roruva, the Maharoruva, Tapa, Mahatapa an...
by ringo
Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Cause effect diagram
Replies: 2
Views: 780

Cause effect diagram

Hello, Owing to a variety of cause-effect suttas I had trouble understanding/remembering the nuances and decided to make a diagram and also tried to incorporate the four noble truths in it (which didn't work out too well). There are plenty of charts on the internet but I found none of them satisfact...
by ringo
Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation for anxiety
Replies: 12
Views: 1717

Re: Meditation for anxiety

When I'm anxious and this comes to my attention, I recollect the virtues of the Triple Gem, the virtues of the devatas etc. Such recollections cause unskilful mental qualities to subside.
by ringo
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation for anxiety
Replies: 12
Views: 1717

Re: Meditation for anxiety

"Now, on any occasion when the mind is restless, that is the wrong time to develop analysis of qualities as a factor for awakening, persistence as a factor for awakening, rapture as a factor for awakening. Why is that? The restless mind is hard to still with those mental qualities. "Now, on occasio...
by ringo
Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is this a valid interpretation of Buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 914

Re: Is this a valid interpretation of Buddhism?

Maarten2, This might be of help: Kaccayanagotta Sutta: To Kaccayana Gotta (on Right View), http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn12/sn12.015.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; This world is supported by (takes as its object) a polarity, that of existence & non-existence....
by ringo
Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Livelihood and being a biologist
Replies: 31
Views: 4865

Re: Right Livelihood and being a biologist

Jeff, Why is it acceptable (in the eyes of some) to mindfully consume meat but not mindfully take an animal's life? I don't want to get sidetracked though since I know that there has been much discussion on meat eating. It is possible to eat meat with a mind devoid of passion, aversion and delusion ...
by ringo
Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Livelihood and being a biologist
Replies: 31
Views: 4865

Re: Right Livelihood and being a biologist

Hi, If there is any guilt in connection with your past deeds then remember the following words from the sutta pitaka. A guilty state of mind is unwholesome, leads to the arising and growth of restlessness and other unskilful qualities, and should be abandoned. "These two are fools. Which two? The on...
by ringo
Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: When a person is coming to the end of his life...
Replies: 15
Views: 2315

Re: When a person is coming to the end of his life...

Here's a 'charm' which might help cultivate calmness, serenity, ease etc. I have good will for footless beings, good will for two-footed beings, good will for four-footed beings, good will for many-footed beings. May footless beings do me no harm. May two-footed beings do me no harm. May four-footed...
by ringo
Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: When a person is coming to the end of his life...
Replies: 15
Views: 2315

Re: When a person is coming to the end of his life...

Hello,

Here (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) is the beautiful Anathapindikovada Sutta - instructions from Venerable Sariputta to a dying Anathapindika. This Sutta touches me every time I read it.

Regards,
by ringo
Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dhamma outside Buddhism....
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: The Dhamma outside Buddhism....

Is it not possible that the 'Father' being referred to is an impersonal entity, the laws of the Universe, the Dhamma, which does indeed have the power to cast one into hell unless stream entry is attained?
by ringo
Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dhamma outside Buddhism....
Replies: 5
Views: 390

The Dhamma outside Buddhism....

Hi, I want to share over here, two instances of what could possibly be parts the true Dhamma I have found outside of Buddhist texts. I find that the uncanny similarities have surprisingly gone unnoticed and that is why I am posting it here. I came across an excerpt from Luke on the inside cover of s...
by ringo
Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.
Replies: 6
Views: 1981

Re: The world that you see is a reflection of yourself.

Hi Ananda, the Elder, attained stream entry by means of a 'mirror simile' "'Just as if a young woman — or a man — youthful, fond of adornment, contemplating the image of her face in a mirror, pure & bright, or in a bowl of clear water, would look with possessiveness, not without possessiveness. In t...
by ringo
Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Extreme Paranoia
Replies: 10
Views: 1364

Re: Extreme Paranoia

tiltbillings,
thank you for your kind advice. it's going to be very tough to follow but i'll keep at it. if not jhana or the Dhamma I'll at least master patience :)
by ringo
Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Extreme Paranoia
Replies: 10
Views: 1364

Re: Extreme Paranoia

Khalil, I do practice dana & sila, I follow the 8 precepts and during the good sessions I do recall virtues and grow exceedingly calm but the states of joy and rapture never arise. I also practice mindfulness while walking and these sessions always go very well. Thank you for the advice, I will try ...
by ringo
Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Extreme Paranoia
Replies: 10
Views: 1364

Extreme Paranoia

Hi, I have been practising in accordance with what I have read in books and on-line translations. I suffer from very severe episodes of extreme paranoia sometimes when I meditate and less often when I am not meditating. The ultimate goal for which I am practising is enlightenment or at least stream ...