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by LonesomeYogurt
Wed May 15, 2013 7:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Morning meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 2967

Re: Morning meditation

Remember that most retreats will have you going to bed around ten or so - it only takes a day or two to really get used to that schedule if you work towards it in the week or so beforehand. In general, one needs less sleep during a retreat. After all, you're not doing much but sitting! I don't think...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sun May 12, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Abortion
Replies: 36
Views: 5042

Re: Abortion

Perhaps if the mods would move this post to Classical Theravada the subject of abortion could be discussed exclusively from the classic Dhamma texts. While I understand your desire to get at "what the Buddha taught" here, trying to form an opinion on abortion in today's world based on the suttas is...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sun May 12, 2013 3:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Breath as a concept by Yuttadhammo
Replies: 15
Views: 2382

Re: Breath as a concept by Yuttadhammo

The problem is that the Buddha made it quite clear that mindfulness of breathing was not simply samatha but instead a fully capable vehicle for insight. To refer to the breath as "conceptual" or to claim that knowing the character of the breath is somehow not insight or not capable of leading to ins...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat May 11, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Costa Rica
Replies: 6
Views: 2910

Re: Hello from Costa Rica

Hola Filipe! Welcome to Dhammawheel.
by LonesomeYogurt
Thu May 09, 2013 6:51 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Violent sports
Replies: 43
Views: 6214

Re: Violent sports

One should be especially mindful during these activities so as to make sure that unwholesome aggression does not arise - however, if one accepts the risks and acts to mitigate them, sports like boxing or the martial arts can be fun and productive forms of entertainment and exercise.
by LonesomeYogurt
Tue May 07, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426676

Re: the great rebirth debate

A kammic explanation is redundant, because human aggression and cruelty are sufficient to explain such actions. Bad things happen to good people because violence, hatred and greed are common human afflictions. No further "metaphysical" explanation is needed. This is an important point. When a child...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat May 04, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 24761

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

But... What would motivate Buddhist ( monks or laity ) to do all those alleged things? Greed, hatred, and delusion. Reflecting on lay life - yes becoming a peaceful meditating monk who minds his own business is the best. But apparently even that is not safe. I hate to sound like I'm speaking in pla...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat May 04, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 24761

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

I know someone who is getting seriously burned by trying to be nice... I wonder if in this cruel world being "nice" is really that good. You're free to wonder that, but if you come to the conclusion that compassion, gentleness, and nonviolence are not worthwhile qualities for one striving to be fre...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat May 04, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there any experience of Parinibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 2301

Re: Is there any experience of Parinibbana?

Oh I see. But from the first person point of view, the arahant experiences nothing after death. Correct? No form, feeling, consciousness, perception, or thought arises after the death of one without clinging. All of these things are conditioned, and thus do not exist "in" Nibbana. But it's problema...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat May 04, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 24761

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

The simple point that you don't seem to understand here is that I am merely wondering about what a realistic and skillful response would be to a situation like the one in Burma. And we are saying that there is only one realistic and skillful response - nonviolence, compassion, gentleness, and equan...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat May 04, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 24761

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

Is self-defense prohibited? Killing in self-defense is not, no. Either way, seeking out Muslims and attacking them is not self-defense. If one is sick with bacterial infection, is one allowed to take anti-biotics? What about immune-system? Is good Buddhist forbidden to have one? I will not bring up...
by LonesomeYogurt
Sat May 04, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 24761

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

People who are merely putting up with others tend to explode, sooner or later. And they explode because they have greed, hatred, and delusion in their hearts. It is suicidal to be peaceful with someone who would want to convert or kill you if given a chance. It is hard to believe those whose faith ...
by LonesomeYogurt
Fri May 03, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism & overcoming traumatic experiences?
Replies: 12
Views: 2237

Re: Buddhism & overcoming traumatic experiences?

What lessons can we take from this? In my humble opinion, it's that meditation can help you a lot, but to do it in apropriate dosages. This is important - you can't just power through trauma by racking up a certain number of hours on the cushion. Brahmaviharas, mindfulness, and samadhi are incredib...
by LonesomeYogurt
Thu May 02, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?
Replies: 26
Views: 5086

Re: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?

With this topic in mind, which, if any, teachers teach the Anapanasati Sutta in such a way that the vipassana jhanas are attained and not the commentarial jhanas? There is no way to do it any other way; any teacher who teaches Anapanasati will teach sutta Jhanas. Commentarial Jhana is too deep for ...
by LonesomeYogurt
Thu May 02, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: More important: view or practice?
Replies: 9
Views: 1394

Re: More important: view or practice?

Perhaps the division between view and practice is a false one. After all, Right View is in itself a practice. It's not just about sitting there with the right opinions and thoughts - it's about training yourself to see things in a way that is in accord with the Dhamma, and it is as much a skill to d...
by LonesomeYogurt
Thu May 02, 2013 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 7445

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

Mojo wrote:My understanding is that the commentaries teach deep states of absorption where vipassana would not be possible. I believe sutta jhana would be more akin to access concentration?
No, sutta Jhanas and access concentration are not the same. All five Jhana factors are present in Sutta Jhanas.
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed May 01, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence
Replies: 146
Views: 24761

Re: Genocide in Burma: Monks and Perpetuation of Violence

Given the ways of samsara, it seems inevitable that there comes a point where one has to defend one's religion even with violent means. I doubt those monks want to cause harm; it just appears that the situation has progressed to the point where, for worldly intents and purposes , nothing except vio...
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed May 01, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 7445

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

I'm really just looking a signpost that I'm doing the first four steps in such a way that will allow me to progress further. Piti and sukkha seem like sign posts to me. Although piti and sukkha are indeed major signposts, the less exciting ones are simple things like how many breaths you can follow...
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed May 01, 2013 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 7445

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

Most traditional anapanasati practice works in the sutta Jhana framework - sometimes people call these "Vipassana Jhanas." Deep Jhana is hardly suitable for insight!
by LonesomeYogurt
Wed May 01, 2013 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fake Buddha Quote?
Replies: 20
Views: 4272

Re: Fake Buddha Quote?

I dislike fake Buddha quotes that misrepresent the Dhamma in any way; however, I also realize that the suttas are not the most easily quotable scriptures on Earth, and recognize the value in earnest paraphrases.