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by Polar Bear
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Dealing with Dangerous and Annoying Animals
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Dealing with Dangerous and Annoying Animals

Thanks for posting, it was an interesting read and the Vinayas’ demonstration of Buddhist compassion was heartening.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Zoroastrian influence in Buddhism?
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Zoroastrian influence in Buddhism?

Greek Buddha is Fake News

R.I.P. intellectual integrity :candle: :candle: :candle:
by Polar Bear
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muscular Christianity
Replies: 44
Views: 647

Re: Muscular Christianity

In defense of the weenies, shoveling concrete is a waste of time. Better to sit under a tree. On one occasion the Blessed One was staying among the Kosalans in a certain forest thicket. Now at that time the brahman Navakammika[1] Bharadvaja was getting some work done in that forest thicket. He saw t...
by Polar Bear
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How should a Buddhist dress?
Replies: 32
Views: 456

Re: How should a Buddhist dress?

Dress Code: during your stay in the centre, female yogis please use loose shirt/t-shirt with sleeves and a brown longyi. Male yogis please use Burmese longyi; pants/trousers are not allowed. Male and female longyis are available for purchase in the office. If you have large feet, bring your sandals...
by Polar Bear
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self
Replies: 53
Views: 874

Re: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self

At Savatthi. There the Blessed One said, "Monks, suppose there were a river, flowing down from the mountains, going far, its current swift, carrying everything with it, and — holding on to both banks — kasa grasses, kusa grasses, reeds, birana grasses, & trees were growing. Then a man swept away by ...
by Polar Bear
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do Arahants need to sleep?
Replies: 9
Views: 110

Re: Do Arahants need to sleep?

Regarding the different watches of the night, where did you find these? It seems to be an educated guess by Ajahn Thanissaro. It’s from his ATI translation here: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.053.than.html You might want to check out a thread on the sutta central forum: Three Watch...
by Polar Bear
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Article on Metta Forest Monastery
Replies: 14
Views: 337

Re: Article on Metta Forest Monastery

Cool story, thanks for posting.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 243

Sufism and Western Vipassana Meditation

I’ve noticed that a lot of lay teachers in the western insight meditation scene quote Sufi mystics and their poetry regularly. Anybody know why? It seems kinda random to me. Mystical monotheism is quite different from godless, soulless vipassana (<—humor). What’s the connection?

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Layperson's sexual morality
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: Layperson's sexual morality

You should check out an article posted on Discourse Sutta Central by Ven. Dhammanando, titled Remarks on the Third Precept: Adultery and Prostitution in Påli Texts * . Here’s the link: https://discourse.suttacentral.net/uploads/default/original/2X/f/f4e8e4c091eaa4a5f4ae99ed3c0bacec51229272.pdf :anja...
by Polar Bear
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: theseus and anatta
Replies: 18
Views: 524

Re: theseus and anatta

A must read on this general topic is Derek Parfit’s essay Personal Identity.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cold showers
Replies: 15
Views: 986

Re: Cold showers

In the summer I take cold showers, although the water isn’t actually that cold at that time. In winter I take a hot shower and then at the end shift immediately to full cold for a few minutes and train myself to breathe slowly through the acclimation period and avoid the reflex to gasp. I think it d...
by Polar Bear
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What was the reason behind the development of new buddhist vehicles?
Replies: 29
Views: 956

Re: What was the reason behind the development of new buddhist vehicles?

For a realistic but perhaps cynical take on things: New vehicles were plausibly developed because the Buddha was dead and monks wanted a cooler, grander cosmic story to give their short lives more meaning. Also, meditation induced hallucinations might’ve had something to do with it. Like with martia...
by Polar Bear
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with tragedy
Replies: 22
Views: 596

Re: Dealing with tragedy

I...hope to take up Epictetus... soon. The Enchiridion is a quick introduction to Epictetus’ teaching and a fun read. You should read that before you tackle the longer discourses. A free online version is here: http://classics.mit.edu/Epictetus/epicench.html And the longer discourses: http://classi...
by Polar Bear
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Shouldn't dukkha eliminate craving?
Replies: 13
Views: 225

Re: Shouldn't dukkha eliminate craving?

The Buddha has an answer: “Mahāli, if form were exclusively painful—soaked and steeped in pain and not steeped in pleasure—sentient beings wouldn’t lust after it. But because form is pleasurable—soaked and steeped in pleasure and not steeped in pain—sentient beings do lust after it. Since they lust ...