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by Dhammabodhi
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Can I not eat anything for 30 days.
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Can I not eat anything for 30 days.

In the Jain tradition, there is the ritual fasting called Sallekhana , aiming for a restraining of the mind and body, eventually leading to death. This is controversial though not considered suicide in this tradition, and its validity has been legally upheld by the Supreme Court of India. So unless ...
by Dhammabodhi
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Nature is stranger than we can imagine
Replies: 15
Views: 630

Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Tragic death, which could have been avoided.

Compare with this though:

by Dhammabodhi
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vipassanā Practice and Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta
Replies: 7
Views: 361

Re: Vipassanā Practice and Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta

FYI, it may interest you that many Goenka centers run Satipaṭṭhāna courses: Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which th...
by Dhammabodhi
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: cult of vipassanā?
Replies: 5
Views: 653

Re: cult of vipassanā?

As someone who has experience of practicing in the Goenka tradition- I can say with 100% certainty that it is NOT a cult. What you perceive as cultish behaviour is a few over-zealous practitioners who haven't understood Goenkaji's message (e.g. it is explicitly warned in courses not to preach others...
by Dhammabodhi
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Experience with Vipassana
Replies: 6
Views: 1493

Re: Experience with Vipassana

Hi Matija, There are scores of such talks available on youtube now. Here's a couple of them to start you off, you can explore these youtube channels on your own for more such talks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfZQLS0ZeYM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGaBKmxiaGs&t=132s https://www.youtube.com...
by Dhammabodhi
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Experience with Vipassana
Replies: 6
Views: 1493

Re: Experience with Vipassana

Thanks for sharing your experience- well-written and quite funny at times! Now there are many Q&A talks of Goenkaji available on youtube- check them out if you wish; sometimes it helps clear out doubts, other times it gives inspiration to continue practicing! May you find great peace and happiness! ...
by Dhammabodhi
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: 12th grade Topper renounces world
Replies: 6
Views: 906

Re: 12th grade Topper renounces world

Hi Sarath, Rather than focusing on whether he's on the "right path" or not, from what I read- it seems that he genuinely sees the futility of seeking happiness in material possessions and chose to embark on an inner journey to find peace and happiness- and I rejoice on this fact alone. How many peop...
by Dhammabodhi
Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: 12th grade Topper renounces world
Replies: 6
Views: 906

12th grade Topper renounces world

This story came up in the news a few days ago about a young man who topped the school leaving exams deciding to renounce the world to seek inner peace and happiness: Gujarat class 12 topper Varshil Shah set to become a Jain monk Varshil, whose father is a government servant, emerged as one of the to...
by Dhammabodhi
Wed May 03, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: supernormal powers
Replies: 68
Views: 4341

Re: supernormal powers

This video reminded me of R111's experience with the leg-grabbing spirit. I make no claims of the veracity of the video! :popcorn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxVr5kue14A

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:anjali:
by Dhammabodhi
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditative Experiences of a Himalayan Yogi
Replies: 0
Views: 394

Meditative Experiences of a Himalayan Yogi

The following is a descriptive article by Om Swami on the experiences he had, practising and meditating alone deep in the Himalayas. An excerpt: What happens when you churn milk? It turns into butter and once done, it never goes back to being milk. If milk can stay for a few days before going sour, ...
by Dhammabodhi
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: supernormal powers
Replies: 68
Views: 4341

Re: supernormal powers

My "stories" did not depend on culture and setting but only my personal experiences. Only interpretations and one's subsequent analysis of the experiences will.

And about interpretations, there's this famous saying :quote: : "Make of it..."
:anjali:
by Dhammabodhi
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: supernormal powers
Replies: 68
Views: 4341

Re: supernormal powers

First one is in India and second one in Thailand- though the location is not important.

:anjali:
by Dhammabodhi
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do serious buddhist get bullied?
Replies: 23
Views: 1044

Re: Do serious buddhist get bullied?

SN 35.88: [courtesy: accesstoinsight] Note that this is for a monk and not a lay person. "Well then, Punna. Now that I have instructed you with a brief instruction, in which country are you going to live?" "Lord, there is a country called Sunaparanta. I am going to live there." "Punna, the Sunaparan...
by Dhammabodhi
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: supernormal powers
Replies: 68
Views: 4341

Re: supernormal powers

Continuing in the same train of experiences about seemingly supernormal ( not supernatural) powers: I know a guy who is a layman but he and his family are closely associated with many Buddhist teachers of high repute- Anagarika Munindraji, Bana Bhante, Dipa Ma etc. - his own grandfather established ...
by Dhammabodhi
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do serious buddhist get bullied?
Replies: 23
Views: 1044

Re: Do serious buddhist get bullied?

Buddha go bullied many times. From what I see it, he is quite assertive and never submissive. Dhamma doesn't teach us to be doormats. Goenkaji used to say that if you are in a tough situation with difficult people, use all your physical and verbal might to end the confrontation- but with a heart fu...