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by Polar Bear
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The European Pagan Connection
Replies: 18
Views: 981

Re: The European Pagan Connection

Thor and Indra are both thunder gods who fight a mighty serpent

Indra fights Vritra

While Thor fights Jörmungandr

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Lockdown Stress
Replies: 89
Views: 4283

Re: Lockdown Stress

Good luck! It must be very trying! Last week, one of my sons managed to get home via Germany from Central America, courtesy of Lufthansa, who were flying lots of Germans home. Luckily, Qatar are still flying from Europe to Asia/Australasia, so he was able to connect to NZ via Doha. A rather long wa...
by Polar Bear
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Lockdown Stress
Replies: 89
Views: 4283

Re: Lockdown Stress

I’m officially hoping to be repatriated from India back to the USA with this lockdown extension, the prohibition on going outside at all for exercise (even if it’s solo) is getting to me. But I have the lowest priority to be evacuated as a young able-bodied male so we’ll see if there are enough seat...
by Polar Bear
Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Lockdown Stress
Replies: 89
Views: 4283

Re: Lockdown Stress

In the building i live in, one of the neighbours placed a hand sanitizer in the elevator with a note asking people to use it to clean the elevator buttons after pressing them. I think that is a legit weird request. If anything you’d use the hand sanitizer to clean your hands after touching the butt...
by Polar Bear
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: haiku
Replies: 11
Views: 666

Re: haiku

The wise who know all Sages adhering to naught Cross over sorrow —- Sail away from woe And Beyond all horizons To the furthest Shore —- Beyond all this here A mysterious promise Let us go explore —- Day-dreaming buddhist Imagining Nirvana Drifts further from it —- Bored stuck in this room The mind r...
by Polar Bear
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: haiku
Replies: 11
Views: 666

Re: haiku

Woo! Haiku Kungfu
Style derived from nature
Old man watches stream

Nature Seems to Flow
Far as Observation Goes
Stuff grasped slips away

Time shall surely show
Ownership Illusory
Thus the wise renounce

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Lockdown Stress
Replies: 89
Views: 4283

Re: Lockdown Stress

santa100 wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:33 pm
No_Mind wrote:I am facing a strange problem on day 12 of lockdown.
You're still allowed to exercise outdoor right?
Nope, here in India the lockdown confines us to our place of residence except for acquiring essentials like food and medicine. It ain’t no walk in the park 8-)
by Polar Bear
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The devas are not capable of seeing him
Replies: 22
Views: 778

Re: The devas are not capable of seeing him

Also, in the Brahmajāla Sutta we have this: The Realized One’s body remains, but his attachment to rebirth has been cut off. As long as his body remains he will be seen by gods and humans. But when his body breaks up, after life has ended, gods and humans will see him no more. When the stalk of a bu...
by Polar Bear
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dry Insight and Stream-Entry
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: Dry Insight and Stream-Entry

I certainly think freedom from the five hindrances and therefore a significant degree of tranquility and pliability of the mind is required for stream entry, just not necessarily to a jhanic level. The OP did not specify the degree of samatha they would deem exclusive of a “dry” approach so my stat...
by Polar Bear
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dry Insight and Stream-Entry
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: Dry Insight and Stream-Entry

If by dry insight one simply means insight without jhana then the suttas provide enough information to make a decent case that dry insight as an avenue to stream entry is possible. (Whether the specific forms of vipassana meditation coming out of Burma are an avenue to stream entry is a separate iss...
by Polar Bear
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 136
Views: 5772

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

While I’m no authority on establishing an effective habit elimination “diet” conducive to enlightenment, only lying breaks a precept in your list. Obviously watching porn signifies a significant lack of restraint though. And in my experience certain kinds of music lead directly away from the desire ...
by Polar Bear
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where does the Universal Well-Being chant come from?
Replies: 9
Views: 2548

Re: Where does the Universal Well-Being chant come from?

It's one of the three chants on the Brahmaviharas that I know of, along with the Karaniya metta sutta and the basic formula from DN 13. I'll repeat it here just for fun as I'm sure everybody knows what I am talking about. May I abide in well-being, in freedom from affliction, in freedom from hostil...
by Polar Bear
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: One Question
Replies: 29
Views: 2842

Re: One Question

What practices should I undertake and how should I think in order to free the mind from all dukkha and dwell in perfect peace?


:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Concepts
Replies: 22
Views: 2297

Re: Concepts

It seems to be looking at the Mediaeval scholastic debate between realists and nominalists through Buddhist eyes. Our man Gotama was a nominalist. I tend to think of the Buddha as nominalist but he may be a realist about certain laws of nature, at least according to some texts. We also don’t know w...
by Polar Bear
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Heavenly Pleasure
Replies: 29
Views: 3648

Re: Heavenly Pleasure

How can monk gotama walk during jhana? Isn’t the body immobilised? Jhāna is a matter of irresolvable and never ending debate. Perhaps the Buddha on emerging from jhāna, got up from his seat and walked around still experiencing stillness/tranquility, bliss and/or equanimity, but at a non-jhānic leve...