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by thelotuseffect
Fri May 23, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anyone who has seen rebirth ?.
Replies: 100
Views: 5934

Re: Anyone who has seen rebirth ?.

lyndon taylor wrote:if you believe rebirth is nothing and not real then thats what you have to look forward to, nothing.......
... Jhana? Nothing is a relief. Not believing in rebirth just results in more rebirth after death.
by thelotuseffect
Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does really loving someone means letting go?
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Does really loving someone means letting go?

To answer your question "is it selfish?" yes it was a selfish decision. But, now you are stuck with your choice. Love is the willingness to be with ____ (fill in the blank). There is no attachment to form in Buddhist love. Attachment to form causes affection which IS metta with the contaminant of at...
by thelotuseffect
Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”
Replies: 266
Views: 50130

Re: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”

Its good to see such a discussion occur. This is a very critical point in the development of a western tradition :) I, too, am of the opinion jhana and vipassana must be yoked together, as per the suttas suggest. This is the easiest and most sublime way towards nibbana. Handling objects within the m...
by thelotuseffect
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Let none see the omissions and commissions of others"?
Replies: 4
Views: 773

Re: "Let none see the omissions and commissions of others"?

I have a problem with fault fixing in the world :jumping: It is said only Buddhas can understand the full workings of kamma and also they are the only ones properly suited to be "lineage founders" i.e.: professors of conduct (vinaya). They are able to give advice to others perfectly and have the qua...
by thelotuseffect
Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Location of the Mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 3281

Re: Location of the Mind?

Mind is immaterial and without location, like a rainbow. If a rainbow has a location why can you not touch it, or even see it when you look at it closely. You cannot see the origin of mind from the viewpoint of mind itself. If by mind you mean consciousness then consciousness is like a beam of light...
by thelotuseffect
Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Eating chocolate is that okey?
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Re: Eating chocolate is that okey?

NOOOOOO!
by thelotuseffect
Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nurturing Dhamma in Asia
Replies: 9
Views: 1031

Re: Nurturing Dhamma in Asia

I understand your worry. I think what turns people away are the unpleasant aspects that the buddha tells us to be very aware of. They sound negative and most people think it is just an austere strange view (i.e.: to be observant of the unpleasant instead of the pleasant). If you want to amass follow...
by thelotuseffect
Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:58 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: how to apologize
Replies: 16
Views: 2046

Re: how to apologize

I assume you are young (talking about school). Don't get caught in the social/antisocial web. The most satisfying thing I can find on earth is the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha. I know of the darkness you feel. I never had any friends in school and had to eat lunch alone. Confused, angry, and sad... an...
by thelotuseffect
Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why doesnt a experienced meditator come in exctas by nature?
Replies: 13
Views: 1486

Re: Why doesnt a experienced meditator come in exctas by nat

Wow, it truly is rare that a sentient being thinks about other beings that he may be affecting. :) We kill many beings just because we have this human body. It is by this body that we attain freedom from dukkha, so we take care of it too. Human birth is very rare and provides the best field for libe...
by thelotuseffect
Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why doesnt a experienced meditator come in exctas by nature?
Replies: 13
Views: 1486

Re: Why doesnt a experienced meditator come in exctas by nat

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

It is a natural emergence of an unnatural process (meaning goes against the conditioned mind). It starts with mindfulness directed at your intent (conduct/five precepts).
by thelotuseffect
Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: understanding anatta with evolution?
Replies: 3
Views: 574

Re: understanding anatta with evolution?

http://www.leighb.com/mn38.htm "Yes, friends, as I know the Teaching of the Blessed One, this consciousness transmigrates through existences, not anything else." Then those bhikkhus thinking to dissuade the bhikkhu Sati from that pernicious view, cross examined him, asked for reasons and discussed w...
by thelotuseffect
Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I purpose its a heavy karma to take alcohol
Replies: 30
Views: 1106

Re: I purpose its a heavy karma to take alcohol

Alcohol makes patience difficult to bear.
by thelotuseffect
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Venānga Sutta - jhana not absorbtion method
Replies: 31
Views: 6200

Re: Venānga Sutta - jhana not absorbtion method

I think you could safely assume celestial to be a synonym to heavenly, or divine.

Equanimity is a brahma vihara; a divine, heavenly, celestial state of mind.
by thelotuseffect
Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Breath is an intrusion now...
Replies: 18
Views: 1537

Re: Breath is an intrusion now...

There really are no right and wrong techniques for this. Its all about how happy and receptive you are to what is happening, even if you don't like it. If you understand this point, meditation opens up easier. A good teacher helps shorten the time to correct understanding so you can attain magga.
by thelotuseffect
Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 1.34 Nasanti: They Are Not
Replies: 8
Views: 1581

Re: SN 1.34 Nasanti: They Are Not

Hmmm... there is something in me that believes the Buddha is doing a bit more than agreeing with the devas in the removal of lust. Traditionally, devas hold a conceit in mind due to not perceiving dukkha & anicca as continually like us humans. Traditionally, its also not so easy to get under their s...
by thelotuseffect
Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Breath is an intrusion now...
Replies: 18
Views: 1537

Re: Breath is an intrusion now...

It is just a phase :) Don't reject the breath, and don't believe in the permanence of your issue.

The breath is very useful as a neutral sign post to maintain mindfulness, so its worth it for you to keep trying.
Find a teacher to relate this to maybe he/she will help.
by thelotuseffect
Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Core teachings
Replies: 20
Views: 2420

Re: Core teachings

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... ightenment

That's the core. Its true that to master one dhamma is to understand them all (since they are all linked in subtle ways) but for most we have to put effort into knowing which factor to emphasize until they are equally strong.
by thelotuseffect
Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 1.34 Nasanti: They Are Not
Replies: 8
Views: 1581

Re: SN 1.34 Nasanti: They Are Not

Perhaps the perception of permanence is very strong for devas, making it an obstacle for understanding the emptiness of perception?

Its very difficult to show the emptiness of a thing to someone when the thing is in front of the one perceiving it. Like the impermanence of diamonds.
by thelotuseffect
Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Idle Chatter
Replies: 8
Views: 1093

Re: Idle Chatter

My social circle is filled with young people who only know about christianity and most have never even heard of buddhism. So there is a distance between us because all they do is talk about beyonce and music videos while all i think and talk about is the damma. i wanna share the damma with them but...
by thelotuseffect
Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: theravada equivalent of koan study?
Replies: 50
Views: 4447

Re: theravada equivalent of koan study?

There is no duality. All duality arises due to avijja.

Koan study is to leave your mind suspended in the not knowing, not seeking, empty mind. This is the natural state, the result of vipassana.