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by FrancesB
Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Influence of rebirth of mental illness
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

Re: Influence of rebirth of mental illness

Thank you both. I have found mindfulness based therapy very helpful, as well as the practice of loving kindness as I have also been prone to envy and bitterness! The other idea that I am learning from Narada is the that we have lived countless lives in countless circumstances, so whatever our circum...
by FrancesB
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Influence of rebirth of mental illness
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

Influence of rebirth of mental illness

I'm just reading Narada's The Buddha and His Teaching and the chapters on rebirth. Is mental illness the result of bad kamma in which case suffering through it is burning the kamma off? Or do certain mental illnesses create bad kamma and result in an unhappy rebirth? I heard about a young woman with...
by FrancesB
Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Facebook induced suffering
Replies: 42
Views: 4661

Re: Facebook induced suffering

Yes, I had read that article and found much that chimed with my own experience. As a matter of fact 18 months ago I spoofed FB by creating an outrageous persona was wealthy, self obsessed and shallow. She had all sorts of 'adventures' - although I did keep it clean (no sex, drugs or alcohol). She wa...
by FrancesB
Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Facebook induced suffering
Replies: 42
Views: 4661

Re: Facebook induced suffering

I don't like FB because it feeds one of my strongest difficulties which is envy of one of my friends (lack of mudita). Unfortunately she is also the kind of person who uses FB to feed her ego. It is not a good combination! My solution was to hide her from my news feed, but because I am still a frien...
by FrancesB
Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Starting to nod off during meditation
Replies: 27
Views: 3505

Re: Starting to nod off during meditation

I am just reading a book of Ani Tenzin Palmo's talks. She suggests several things: eyes open, be in a cool environment, avoid heavy meals before meditation, placing a small dish of cold water on top of your head and finally she tells about a friend who meditated sitting on the edge of a deep well an...
by FrancesB
Wed May 30, 2012 6:06 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: i think i need to simplify my practice
Replies: 13
Views: 2263

Re: i think i need to simplify my practice

Hi hornets, I could have written your post. I honestly think that buying/acquiring books is a kind of addiction. If I spent time on the buddhist books that I already have I would be a lot better off than frequently buying more. I'm trying to stick to one at a time just now and I know that the books ...
by FrancesB
Tue May 29, 2012 5:47 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the UK
Replies: 7
Views: 854

Hello from the UK

Hi, I've been interested in Buddhism for a long time, but my practice and dedication have been haphazard as I have also explored several other philosophies and religions. I have serious health problems and a fulltime job which makes my participation in our local sangha (The Forest Hermitage) difficu...