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by Polar Bear
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 17
Views: 752

Re: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

So basically I poop in a bucket then throw it in a hole. It's quite gross when I think about it that way. I’d say it’s mildly gross but in another sense it’s just earth returning to earth. When backpacking I used a sharpened stick to dig catholes and small latrines and basically did what you did. I...
by Polar Bear
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?

I think that there’s a danger in using rituals as a means of currying favor with the laity. There are some ascetics and brahmins who, while enjoying food given in faith, still earn a living by unworthy branches of knowledge, by wrong livelihood. This includes making arrangements for giving and takin...
by Polar Bear
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 17
Views: 752

Re: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:10 am
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Right on, thanks for the info.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sottapana's sila
Replies: 4
Views: 324

Re: Sottapana's sila

Here’s a great post by Venerable Dhammanando on this subject: Before replying to the replies to my post, I should like to give a quick summary of how the “virtue pleasing to noble ones” is understood in the commentaries. I don’t recall this ever being discussed on this forum before. The defining of ...
by Polar Bear
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 17
Views: 752

Re: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

Yeah, I moved out to a farm to get away from people and noise. I rent a meadow from a friendly farmer, and I live there by myself in a yurt. I have solar panels, a log fire, and even a little kitchen. The loudest noises are the birds, and sometimes a strong wind roaring in the trees. Sorry to ask a...
by Polar Bear
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for a Sutta...
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Looking for a Sutta...

Perhaps this one: Then Venerable Anuruddha went up to Venerable Sāriputta, and exchanged greetings with him. When the greetings and polite conversation were over, he sat down to one side and said to him: “Here’s the thing, Reverend Sāriputta. With clairvoyance that is purified and surpasses the huma...
by Polar Bear
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Renunciation of family life
Replies: 11
Views: 1657

Re: Renunciation of family life

Off the top of my head, there's Bhikkhu Cintita. There was also a US mother and son who both ordained ( not sure if both are still in robes though). I remember coming across others but the memory didn't stick. :) I believe you’re thinking of Ayya Santussika out of Karuna Buddhist Vihara in Californ...
by Polar Bear
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Reintroduction from California
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Re: Reintroduction from California

Welcome back Buckwheat!

:hello:
by Polar Bear
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Against the stream centers shutting down
Replies: 52
Views: 2582

Re: Against the stream centers shutting down

... Different strokes for different folks as they say. I’m not personally involved in this kind of thing but if others find it useful then good for them. I would suggest you find more constructive ways to criticize others than using elementary school style teasing, e.g. “poor babies.” It might actu...
by Polar Bear
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Upholding metta sutta
Replies: 8
Views: 253

Re: Upholding metta sutta

Joy is a factor of awakening. Pleasure in general is also a motivating force to continue to do whatever brought in that pleasure. So doing wholesome things that bring pleasure, like developing Metta and chanting the Metta Sutta, is practical because you’re likely to keep doing it. Desire for develop...
by Polar Bear
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT
Replies: 128
Views: 3324

Re: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT

It’s obvious that the absence of greed, hate, and delusion is something to be known by the mind. I would describe these as qualities of the mind ( citta ), bearing in mind the third frame of the Satipatthana Sutta. Though the qualities ( "symptoms" ) of something are not necessarily the thing itsel...
by Polar Bear
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 1687

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Venerable Anālayo spends the vast majority of his time meditating these days.
by Polar Bear
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: [MN 111] Fallacy of Anupadadhammavipassana while in a jhana
Replies: 58
Views: 7017

Re: [MN 111] Fallacy of Anupadadhammavipassana while in a jhana

“it is certainly not possible to observe, as is stated in the text, the disappearance of these qualities in any of these states [i.e., the absorptions], because they are constituted by these qualities.” :thumbsup: Arguments don't get much more QED than that. With a single sentence Tilman Vetter cut...