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by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 38
Views: 608

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Is might be better to speak of lines and not a line. Buddhism as it is now in its vast scope from Theravada to Pure Land and Vajrayana contains many ideas that are not found in the early texts. To go through all of these differences would take a series of tomes which I don’t plan to write. It is cle...
by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 232

Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Here’s a link to a free online MBSR- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course. It has explanatory videos, articles, guided meditations, and worksheets. Typically you would do this over 8 weeks but it’s self guided. https://palousemindfulness.com/ This online MBSR training course is 100% free, creat...
by Polar Bear
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?
Replies: 45
Views: 893

Re: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?

I wonder why experienced meditators, even after having experienced firsthand the absence of self and "understood" it, still have to carry on meditating for years and years. I was under the impression that once you have understood something, that thing is understood, end of story, you don't need to ...
by Polar Bear
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Starving the defilements
Replies: 18
Views: 322

Re: Starving the defilements

befriend wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:37 pm
could Buddhism be theoretically described as the practice of starving the defilements?
Yes, see the below sutta which talks about feeding and starving the hindrances and factors of awakening.

https://suttacentral.net/sn46.51/en/sujato

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by Polar Bear
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to walk the Buddha's path: suttas and practice
Replies: 10
Views: 320

Re: How to walk the Buddha's path: suttas and practice

budo wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:15 pm


The gradual training refers to results, not to practice.
Why would something called a training refer to results and not to practice, i.e. training? It seems an odd enough idea to me I originally wrote a more mocking post, and then thought better of it.

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by Polar Bear
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN 14.31 What are the gratification,draw back and escape of four elements?
Replies: 25
Views: 315

Re: SN 14.31 What are the gratification and draw back of four elements?

these are abstracted qualities - hardness/impenetrability, cohesiveness, movement, and warmth I believe that this is a later interpretation and not backed up by the EBTs. While it’s true that the earth element consists of whatever is hard and solid, this is associated with actually hard and solid t...
by Polar Bear
Thu May 30, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: DMT and Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 335

Re: DMT and Buddhism

I think it’s interesting that DMT spiritualism has made its way onto a Theravada forum. And if you rub your eyes, you see stars! EDIT: I mean -- A spirituality that depends on intoxicants is a spirituality that depends on luck. It's a spirituality where one's own actions mean little or nothing. It'...
by Polar Bear
Thu May 30, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: DMT and Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 335

Re: DMT and Buddhism

Fascinating. As a disclosure, I should say I’m skeptical that the hallucinations experienced by DMT users correspond to anything in reality but it’s still interesting anyway.

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by Polar Bear
Thu May 30, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: DMT and Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 335

DMT and Buddhism

From another thread, I didn’t want to go off-topic: Moses saw God (Brahma -> Abrahm -> Abraham, Saraswati -> Sarai -> Sarah) in Egypt because he smoked DMT. At that time trees in that region were loaded with DMT , which are now extinct Acacia Nilotica (tree with lots of DMT) was all over Israel and ...
by Polar Bear
Thu May 30, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 545

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

Those reading this thread might be interested in a documentary on Kundalini by an articulate western Swami:



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by Polar Bear
Tue May 28, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Early 40's, wanting to have baby
Replies: 17
Views: 497

Re: Early 40's, wanting to have baby

I've contemplated anti-natalism for a long time, maybe over a decade now. From a Buddhist perspective, giving a being a chance to attain path is good karma. From a selfish naturalist perspective, having kids to take care of you when you're old is a good insurance policy. From an altruist atheist le...
by Polar Bear
Tue May 28, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Early 40's, wanting to have baby
Replies: 17
Views: 497

Re: Early 40's, wanting to have baby

My apologies if the advice of a 20-something male is unwanted and not needed, but you should probably talk to your doctor. https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/pregnancy-after-age-35. You might also consider whether it is even ethical to bring humans into this world. The Case for Not Being Bor...
by Polar Bear
Mon May 27, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Physical Food as Nutriment
Replies: 28
Views: 633

Re: Physical Food as Nutriment

I think the end of nutriment in this case doesn’t occur until anupadisesa nibbana, I.e. at the death of an arahant. Completing the noble eightfold path brings an end to rebirth and so after this last life, one will never eat again. And of course, the other nutriments of sense impressions, volitions,...
by Polar Bear
Sun May 19, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Portable Meditation equipments
Replies: 15
Views: 461

Re: Portable Meditation equipments

For a more minimalist approach:

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