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by Polar Bear
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist yoga - an alarm clock. Religion and science do not wake up.
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Buddhist yoga - an alarm clock. Religion and science do not wake up.

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:58 am
Are you a male aged between about 17 and 26?
Just curious if my idea of your demographic is correct.
Are you a budding Sherlock Holmes and/or forensic psychoanalyst? :tongue:
by Polar Bear
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going to the forest
Replies: 21
Views: 442

Re: Going to the forest

Which Sutta is it where the Buddha praises the monk nodding off in the forest but criticizes the monk in jhana near a town? This is the Sutta methinks: Take a mendicant living in the neighborhood of a village who I see sitting immersed in samādhi. I think to myself: ‘Now a monastery worker, a novic...
by Polar Bear
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: regarding tomb worlds
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: regarding tomb worlds

There’s also:
“If the bones of a single person
for a single eon were gathered up,
they’d make a pile the size of a mountain:
so said the great hermit.

https://suttacentral.net/sn15.10/en/sujato
by Polar Bear
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going to the forest
Replies: 21
Views: 442

Re: Going to the forest

alfa wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:51 pm
Surely no one can last a day in the forest without protection.

Have you never been camping?
by Polar Bear
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going to the forest
Replies: 21
Views: 442

Re: Going to the forest

There are many accounts in the suttas where bhikkhus were killed in the forests. Still happens today. I can think of two snake bite deaths and quite a number of deadly cow incidents but can’t recall a single sutta where it is said that a monk was in the forest when some animal killed him. Sources? ...
by Polar Bear
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is catharsis a valid Buddhist technique?
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Is catharsis a valid Buddhist technique?

No, catharsis isn’t even a reputable technique in psychology. A second approach to deal with anger is to express it. This view treats anger as a kind of inner pressure or corrosive substance that builds up over time inside the person and does harm unless it is released. Catharsis theory fits in this...
by Polar Bear
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Nature of the Buddha’s omniscience
Replies: 22
Views: 590

Re: Nature of the Buddha’s omniscience

You can be all-knowing too: At Sāvatthī. “Mendicants, I will teach you the all. Listen … And what is the all? It’s just the eye and sights, the ear and sounds, the nose and smells, the tongue and tastes, the body and touches, and the mind and thoughts. This is called the all. Mendicants, suppose som...
by Polar Bear
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: incidental exposure to marijuana smoke in public
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: incidental exposure to marijuana smoke in public

I wouldn’t worry about it. Unless you’re in a hotbox for some time you’re not gonna get a contact high. I would strongly encourage you to avoid neuroticism in this regard.


:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?
Replies: 18
Views: 1087

Re: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?

Frankly, I think any Sangha who would turn away someone based on their age alone has their priorities horribly skewed, and that such discrimination is not in keeping with the Dhamma or the Vinaya. Perhaps to that end, it's a good "red flag" of places to avoid... Apparently it’s been going on for so...
by Polar Bear
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is best next to Theravada?
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: What is best next to Theravada?

What is best religion next to Theravada? Why? You mentioned Theravada, so for this one I assume you mean which other tradition/school of Buddhism. Chan Buddhism; similar doctrines, similar practice, focuses on meditation, monasticism. What is best religion next to Buddhism? Why? Jainism (Svetembara...
by Polar Bear
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: What will happen if i stop using snuff?
Replies: 17
Views: 432

Re: What will happen if i stop using snuff?

You may go through physical nicotine withdrawals for 2-3 weeks and psychological withdrawals for an indefinite period of time. Your risk of developing mouth cancer will also begin to decline over time. You’ll save money. It’s also good practice for resisting and overcoming craving. You may even be s...
by Polar Bear
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Possibility of ordination?
Replies: 17
Views: 596

Re: Possibility of ordination?

So you think a biological man who lost his testicles in an accident would be refused to ordain in a western monastery since he's not a man ? It’s an interesting question on what the reasoning would be for not admitting a eunuch. One could perhaps argue that if one is a eunuch through accident then ...
by Polar Bear
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Possibility of ordination?
Replies: 17
Views: 596

Re: Possibility of ordination?

You can get an idea of the testicles issue from pgs. 861-862 of Ajahn Thanissaro's Buddhist Monastic Code: Disqualifications The factors that would disqualify an applicant from receiving ordination are of three sorts: those absolutely disqualifying him for life—even if he receives ordination, he doe...
by Polar Bear
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Drawbacks & Dangers of Sensual Craving
Replies: 10
Views: 370

The Drawbacks & Dangers of Sensual Craving

This thread is for posting stories of craving gone horribly wrong, thus illustrating the drawbacks of sensuality and promoting insight into the insatiable nature of craving. Billionaire Diamond Trader Dies During Penis Enlargement A billionaire diamond trader went to an upscale medical clinic in Par...
by Polar Bear
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stopping thoughts before they occur and periods of non-thinking
Replies: 15
Views: 312

Re: Stopping thoughts before they occur and periods of non-thinking

Anyone else relate? Any tips on socializing and conversing when your not thinking? Apologies if it's hard to understand, it's hard finding words to describe. I can’t relate but if you genuinely are going long periods of time without any internalized speech whatsoever then enjoy it. Although I do re...