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by Hickersonia
Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: One Buddha < a few Buddhas?
Replies: 35
Views: 2464

Re: One Buddha < a few Buddhas?

My life experience has taught me that people who have found something good rarely go out of their way to trash what other people are into. They are just too busy enjoying and being into the good stuff they have found. Indeed. I don't discount that there could be other world systems with Buddhas liv...
by Hickersonia
Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The hell guards?
Replies: 8
Views: 1022

Re: The hell guards?

To be sure my answer isn't canon, but in my own reading I never got the impression that these folks were necessarily pleased to be in their position or status. It just isn't what we'd consider a regular nine-to-five kinda job I guess. I look forward to seeing a little more on this subject -- just fo...
by Hickersonia
Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist monk scam: Victorians warned
Replies: 2
Views: 1052

Re: Buddhist monk scam: Victorians warned

In such cases, I always remember Dhammapada vs. 306-306: "The liar goes to the state of woe; also he who, having done (wrong), says, "I did not do it." Men of base actions both, on departing they share the same destiny in the other world. There are many evil characters and uncontrolled men wearing t...
by Hickersonia
Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Why one meal a day?
Replies: 674
Views: 79706

Re: is two meal a day is harmful

I've not heard anything like that regarding monastics and their eating habits, not that me having not heard anything means much...

By "heard," do you mean "read?" If you have a source article you could share, I think that would be an interesting read.

Please be well! :anjali:
by Hickersonia
Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trying to Convince Myself to Buy Another Nikaya
Replies: 22
Views: 1596

Re: Trying to Convince Myself to Buy Another Nikaya

Mkoll wrote:
retrofuturist wrote:(I do like though how the Digha doesn't event come into consideration... in terms of Dhamma content, there's nothing in there, other than perhaps aspects of the Mahanidana Sutta, that isn't covered elsewhere).
:rofl:
Poor Digha.
I rather enjoyed the Digha, actually. :anjali:
by Hickersonia
Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sam Harris, meditation is powerful, but keep religion out
Replies: 274
Views: 12137

Re: Sam Harris, meditation is powerful, but keep religion ou

He says: "If you're declaring yourself a Buddhist, you are part of the problem of religious sectarianism that has needlessly shattered our world." What do other members think of this claim specifically? I think declaring that I am a lay follower of the Buddha when asked (or confronted) is no differ...
by Hickersonia
Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Advice for Work
Replies: 11
Views: 1403

Re: Advice for Work

A quick update on this: I went ahead and asked for the full increase that would bring me to the minimum Production Analyst wage, and as amazing as it might seem, they're granting it with no apparent reservation or concern -- it amounts to nearly a 25% wage increase. My bosses seemed very impressed w...
by Hickersonia
Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Advice for Work
Replies: 11
Views: 1403

Re: Advice for Work

Hello friends, Thank you very much for the helpful replies. I've considered my options pretty seriously I had a meeting with my supervisor today on this matter. I laid out a fairly detailed list of my various accomplishments (both those that were directly assigned to me and those which I took on at ...
by Hickersonia
Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Advice for Work
Replies: 11
Views: 1403

Advice for Work

Hello friends, I'm in a weird sort of predicament at work and I'm seeking a little confirmation (or otherwise) as to the most appropriate way to proceed. In the last year I've picked up a whole slew of new functions that essentially make me a "Production Analyst" but without the title -- officially ...
by Hickersonia
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Watching a body burn on an open pyre
Replies: 9
Views: 1718

Re: Watching a body burn on an open pyre

Thank you for sharing your experience and observations... In my own practice, I think meditation on death (and in particular, the foulness of the body in death) is not particularly effective for me simply because I cannot properly imagine it... Perhaps I should print this and read it whenever I feel...
by Hickersonia
Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sleeping on night shift.
Replies: 11
Views: 1484

Re: Sleeping on night shift.

Just throwing my two-cents into it -- night shift sucks. At my workplace, we instituted a third-shift for the specific purpose of performing receiving and bulk product putaway functions that otherwise clog up the warehouse and make the process of filling orders too complicated. The number of equipme...
by Hickersonia
Mon May 26, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Logic of Buddhist Philosophy
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: The Logic of Buddhist Philosophy

THank you very much for sharing that with us, cooran.

I've always been impressed with the ideas of the great thinkers of our world. Thinking and speaking of the unthinkable and unspeakable; is it or is it not possible? Chaos! :anjali:
by Hickersonia
Mon May 26, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do you understand "contact"?
Replies: 37
Views: 1553

Re: How do you understand "contact"?

I've always understood "contact" to refer to the point where the sense organ makes contact with whatever it detects -- the point at which the arising of feeling takes place (pleasure, pain, or neutral). I don't think it is necessarily about physical touching of an object, or, somewhat inversely, I e...
by Hickersonia
Tue May 13, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Happy Vesak Day
Replies: 10
Views: 904

Re: Happy Vesak Day

May your observation of Vesak be pleasant and fruitful, friend, whether you observe tomorrow or today, or last weekend (as my Vietnamese friends did).

:anjali:

Are you doing anything special for the occasion?
by Hickersonia
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Easter
Replies: 12
Views: 690

Re: Happy Easter

Kim OHara wrote:Your blog post shows well-balanced attitudes all round - congratulations on maintaining an emphasis on what's good in other religions and what's good for the people closest to you.

:namaste:
Kim
Thank you for saying so. I try.
Khalil Bodhi wrote:Happy Easter!
Thank you. May you all be well, friends. :anjali:
by Hickersonia
Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: your home altar/shrine
Replies: 179
Views: 51916

Re: your home altar/shrine

Since I moved in with my partner, I have gotten my own shrine & meditation room; I'm very grateful for this privilege. :) As you can see, it's fairly representative of my dual Theravāda and Zen roots, although I tend to err on the side of Zen aesthetics and of Theravāda practice. :yingyang: I can c...
by Hickersonia
Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Easter
Replies: 12
Views: 690

Re: Happy Easter

I just posted about Easter on my blog this morning -- the holiday has been on my mind quite a bit, what with the family being particularly active in their church and all... May we each practice rightly, observe the day (if we so choose) in memory of another spiritual legacy, and refrain from thought...
by Hickersonia
Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What do you want to do when you're dead?
Replies: 18
Views: 1559

Re: What do you want to do when you're dead?

James the Giant, A very poignant image there... even my 2-year-old daughter noticed the image and clearly equated it to a person, pointing, gasping, and exclaiming "Oh no! Oh no!" Definitely something to think about -- I don't think I know anyone who has ever seen a decomposing body before. I have t...
by Hickersonia
Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What has the Dhamma done for you...?
Replies: 2
Views: 560

Re: What has the Dhamma done for you...?

Practicing as I have for the last two-ish years, I have gone from being an angry, fat, boozer who lashed out at everyone who got in his way to... well... not being those things. I stopped drinking the week I decided that I wanted to honestly be able to identify as a Buddhist (oddly, the week of Chri...
by Hickersonia
Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Namo Amituofo healing powers?
Replies: 5
Views: 1217

Re: Namo Amituofo healing powers?

I don't know for certain that chanting (of any kind) necessarily has healing powers in and of itself, but if your intentions are positive and your actions are skillful, positive results are to be expected.

Nicely done. :) Please be well, friend. :anjali: