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by Polar Bear
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: self-mettā
Replies: 15
Views: 492

Re: self-mettā

binocular wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:01 pm


1. Note the if-clauses. If self-love would be a given, then the if-clause would make no sense here.

I think the ‘if’ clause is rhetorical.
by Polar Bear
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for Sri Lankan Monastery to practice Brahma-viharas
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Looking for Sri Lankan Monastery to practice Brahma-viharas

Hi Everyone, I’m wondering if anyone knows of a monastery in Sri Lanka where one can specifically request to do a retreat focusing on developing the Brahma-viharas in the classical way outlined in the Visuddhimagga, or in a way fairly similar to it if not perfectly faithful. Thanks for your time. :a...
by Polar Bear
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: how long can you last with an inguinal hernia
Replies: 14
Views: 731

Re: how long can you last with an inguinal hernia

salayatananirodha wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:47 am
they can be taken without food so i'm taking them without food
Awesome 👍
by Polar Bear
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: how long can you last with an inguinal hernia
Replies: 14
Views: 731

Re: how long can you last with an inguinal hernia

Bro, don’t be insane, take the antibiotics. You don’t want to die or lose a testicle because of some bacteria. What a lame way to go or, perhaps worse, depending on your level of awakening, be emasculated.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Admirable friendship vs. ordinary friendship
Replies: 14
Views: 717

Re: Admirable friendship vs. ordinary friendship

My understanding is that a kalyanamitta may share almost zero emotional intimacy and spend almost no time at all with one. The Buddha for example when a bhikkhu comes to him and the Buddha provides a brief teaching before sending the bhikkhu off on his own. Then Ven. Punna went to the Blessed One an...
by Polar Bear
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one be reborn into several beings at the same time?
Replies: 36
Views: 1162

Re: Can one be reborn into several beings at the same time?

Is it possible that one may be reborn as many and many may be reborn as one? Apparently not, for the mental continuum is not conceived as being capable of either generating forks or being fed by tributaries. If it could generate forks, then it would be false to say that “consciousness is lone-farin...
by Polar Bear
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Guidance on Anger
Replies: 17
Views: 778

Re: Guidance on Anger

If you switch to taking cold showers the temperature fluctuation would be less annoying. And your showers would be more invigorating and moisturizing for the skin.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 42
Views: 1497

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

I would also like to be able to teach her Dhamma properly because I think she might get something out of it, and we all know that's a better reward than anything else I could give her, and also a better use for my life. But I just can't feel at ease knowing that I'm causing her to suffer so much, e...
by Polar Bear
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 42
Views: 1497

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

I think the OP’s intention to renounce is admirable and his reflection on the uncertainty of the time of death as a motivator to ordain sooner than later is the kind of thinking the Buddha encouraged. I think the advice to finish a degree is pragmatic but it isn’t the kind of advice you would find i...
by Polar Bear
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thankfulness
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: Thankfulness

Also, here’s a list of talks on gratitude from Audio Dharma

https://www.audiodharma.org/talks/?search=Gratitude+
by Polar Bear
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thankfulness
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: Thankfulness

Something else you might read:

Gratitude in the Buddha’s Teaching Compiled with the assistance and guidance of Venerable Nyanadassana Thero; Mahinda Wijesinghe.

And

The Lessons of Gratitude by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Request for Metta
Replies: 13
Views: 458

Re: Request for Metta

May you be happy, may you be from suffering, may you be well! May whatever sorrows you’re feeling now fade away swiftly, and only peace remain.

You’ll be my neutral person in the meditation I’m about to do shortly :meditate:

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks talking about their sex lives before they ordained
Replies: 30
Views: 1484

Re: Monks talking about their sex lives before they ordained

Quite right too. But guys, input here please. Are all men that shallow? Maybe I should shave my head and go live in a cave. But only if I can take my phone, PS4 and tv with me. Well, what do you expect, anyone short of Sotapanna is still a potential Mara agent, exactly like how Morpheus explained i...
by Polar Bear
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Rains Residence 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 316

Re: Rains Residence 2019

Hi James Do you know Bhante Jinalanra Bhante Jinalankara? Yes I know him, I stayed for 4 months in the Bodhinyanarama monastery when he was there, before he moved to a smaller vihara then started Dhamma Gavesi. He helped when I asked him for recommendations for good Sri Lankan monasteries to ordain...
by Polar Bear
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks talking about their sex lives before they ordained
Replies: 30
Views: 1484

Re: Monks talking about their sex lives before they ordained

Trying to show that one was normal could be due to ego or it could be done to assure those listening that their advice and lifestyle is relevant to them. If people think that all monks are asexual or never had much of a sex life then they may think the ideal of celibacy in Buddhism is just a fringe ...