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by Polar Bear
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: incidental exposure to marijuana smoke in public
Replies: 5
Views: 70

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: 1001

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: 15
Views: 328

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: 380

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: 521

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: 521

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: 328

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: 296

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...
by Polar Bear
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Gossip? How to distinguish?
Replies: 13
Views: 211

Re: What is Gossip? How to distinguish?

Greetings Polarbear, To be clear, I didn't say they are myself , I said people might take offense at the possibility that the Buddha inferred they are . Some weak-kneed people who are prone to offense often get a bee in their bonnet about so-called "name calling". Do you have a better explanation f...
by Polar Bear
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Gossip? How to distinguish?
Replies: 13
Views: 211

Re: What is Gossip? How to distinguish?

Curiously, Bhikkhu Bodhi translates this as "pointless talk" even though "tiracchāna" literally means "animal". I suspect he is just being politically correct, because some people might be upset to learn that their pet obsessions were regarded by the Buddha as bestial topics of conversation, and th...
by Polar Bear
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 139
Views: 3545

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

Thanks for your reply. What would an answer on those questions give you? It would allow me to compare and contrast your nibbanic experience and transformation with the kind of experience and transformation that ancient Indian renunciants in the Buddhist monastic tradition sought to attain, insofar ...
by Polar Bear
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 139
Views: 3545

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

I just joined this forum and I recently attained Nirvana. Thanks in advance for your responses. Well, I read the last section on nirvana. It mentions interdependence and a realization of Anatta based on that understanding. But there are other aspects to Nirvana as conceived in Theravada Buddhism. O...
by Polar Bear
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Hillside Hermitage
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: Hillside Hermitage

Not sure if anyone has checked out this link, but the four monks who reside at this small hermitage are quite inspiring living in difficult jungle conditions. The gang over at Path Press is coordinating a fundraiser for the construction of another kuti. I'm opting to plug this because I have donate...
by Polar Bear
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?

Thank you. What is the meaning here? Is it to say that even when the earth is completely uninhabitable, beings become indestructible and remain on it and thus still suffer? Or that even though the earth is emptied out of living beings, all having died, they suffer in some other realm after rebirth?...
by Polar Bear
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Suttas on the destruction of the world by fire, wind, water?

There is The Leash: At Savatthi. “Bhikkhus, this saṃsara is without discoverable beginning. A first point is not discerned of beings roaming and wandering on hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving. “There comes a time, bhikkhus, when the great ocean dries up and evaporates and no longer exist...