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by barcsimalsi
Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sutta quotes about self-discipline
Replies: 3
Views: 532

Re: Sutta quotes about self-discipline

MN66 : "Udayin, there are these four types of people to be found existing in the world. Which four? There is the case where a certain person is practicing for the abandoning & relinquishing of acquisitions. As he is practicing for the abandoning & relinquishing of acquisitions, memories & resolves ...
by barcsimalsi
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenging the Dhamma
Replies: 149
Views: 6966

Re: Challenging the Dhamma

We're still in agreement here! I think you are right in that anicca is fundamental. But even if it weren't, that wouldn't mean that the noble truth of Dukkha is somehow vitiated. Saying that impermanent things are unsatisfactory doesn't mean that they wouldn't be unsatisfactory even if they were pe...
by barcsimalsi
Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 23539

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

... Finally, asking "who acts" or "who chooses" is off target as well; it is wrong attention to ask this and seek an answer to this. There is just choice and consequence, cause and effect, conditionality, that is to say, with X as condition, Y... Self-doer is a convention, a way of speaking. There ...
by barcsimalsi
Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna
Replies: 59
Views: 2728

Re: Sotapanna

Thanks all for your prompt reply. I'm thinking if abstaining is the same as repressing? There is a story where a meditator goes to a secluded area, practising there for years, pretty much gives up his life as lay people. Until one day he comes back to his daily life, all his defilements come back t...
by barcsimalsi
Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: ghost video
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: ghost video

tiltbillings wrote:Video Of Ghost In Eastern Europe Forest Using High Speed Cameras Slowed Down For The Human Eye

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Looks like a pro-russian rebel got entangled in the ceasefire white flag.
by barcsimalsi
Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 135
Views: 6187

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

As long as their faith of God is not shaken, the refugee camp stand still. What's that mean? Does it mean that as long as they don't lose faith in God, they won't leave the religion? It means their equanimity is heavily dependent on their believe in God. And without genuine insight, it won't be as ...
by barcsimalsi
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 135
Views: 6187

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

Constantly mindful of submitting whatever to God's will seems like an easy an effective tool for equanimity. No? No. Constant submitting and praising of some so-called being is a master-servant relationship where you are the servant, i.e., slave. The master is some delusional being with huge ego an...
by barcsimalsi
Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 135
Views: 6187

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

Maybe in a general sense if one uses the general definition of the word as the "quality of being calm and even-tempered; composure." But not equanimity in the Buddhist context which is obviously dependent upon the Buddha's teaching. Anyway, that kind of thinking sounds to me like clinging to views ...
by barcsimalsi
Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 135
Views: 6187

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

upekka (equanimity) - not even discussed in most denominations and sects of the Abrahamic religions. There is little to no talk of going beyond the base emotions to any mental cultivation or transcendental realm where one is not trapped or held by certain emotions. The other religions with their te...
by barcsimalsi
Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Practice Buddhism and listening metal and goth music
Replies: 94
Views: 5904

Re: Practice Buddhism and listening metal and goth music

I don't care what you guys say, they still look cute to me.
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by barcsimalsi
Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 71
Views: 3809

Re: What exactly is equanimity?

Imo, the difference between the 3 types of equanimity is based on the content of one's thought not the mental state. For example in a road accident, if one's clothing was ripped off and forced to walk naked to the nearest gas station to seek help, one first realized the situation as unfavorable when...
by barcsimalsi
Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 71
Views: 3809

Re: What exactly is equanimity?

Not quite, i understand the term as possessing the ability to remain still during unfavorable situation. If there is equiminity then one is not in an unfavorable situation, one is clearly seeing this moment as it is. Unfavorable suggests aversion/reactivity to this moment as it presents itself, thi...
by barcsimalsi
Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 71
Views: 3809

Re: What exactly is equanimity?

Well! Naked Jains. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaxlx7BZ-Zk Nice video. :jumping: Although naked ascetic are renunciate but that behavior probably originate from primate householder that's why the sutta implies they still have wrong views. Is equiminity not simply this childlike awareness, freedo...
by barcsimalsi
Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 71
Views: 3809

Re: Are there five senses or six senses?

Hi M Well can you give me an example for household equanimity? The way I understand: Household equanimity is free from attachment and aversion but predominantly ignorant. None Ariya in Jhana with equanimity also predominant with ignorant but suppressed attachment and aversion. :thinking: One of the...
by barcsimalsi
Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is equanimity?
Replies: 71
Views: 3809

Re: Are there five senses or six senses?

SarathW wrote:Ok.
Can I say I exercise equanimity for unwholesome activities in favour of wholesome activities?
:)
Sure can, but that is unskillful equanimity which was already addressed by culaavuso.
by barcsimalsi
Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Something equivalent to the Bible?
Replies: 16
Views: 788

Re: Something equivalent to the Bible?

If you don't believe in God, less interest in rituals, can tolerate a little bit of supernatural stuff, can accept the 4 noble truth. Theravada is fine. :thumbsup:
http://www.buddhanet.net/qanda.htm
by barcsimalsi
Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati Vs. jhana
Replies: 85
Views: 13599

Re: Anapanasati Vs. jhana

IMO, it is more appropriate to regulate the tetrads in regards to circumstances and purposes rather than following a fix line and time. Could you say a bit more about how that works for you in practice - do you mean doing different tetrads on different days, for example? Certainly not different day...
by barcsimalsi
Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The questions of Dr Dukkha
Replies: 60
Views: 2476

Re: Why does Buddhism not work for some people?

Dr. Dukkha wrote: And then I hear about Jewish Buddhist who practiced Buddhism for years and the Dalai Lama told him to go back to Judaism.
The Dalai Lama said that different religions are like different medicines and different people have different sickness.
by barcsimalsi
Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati Vs. jhana
Replies: 85
Views: 13599

Re: Anapanasati Vs. jhana

Each tetrads have their own purpose and my personal view is as such: The first tetrad is merely instructing one to recognize any stress/discomfort through the theme of the breath and body posture then proceed to reset them until one finds it soothing. The point of the 2nd tetrad infers increasing on...
by barcsimalsi
Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bunch of keys?
Replies: 174
Views: 5906

Re: Bunch of keys?

Indian background... Their concept(s) of God seems more fluid than the singular Abrahamic God. We can say, according to the Dhamma, that these sorts of gods are only samsaric fairies, and of little importance. I think Mkoll made a good point about the fluidity. In Hinduism, Brahman (ब्रह्मन् brahma...