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by LG2V
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?
Replies: 22
Views: 402

Re: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?

That's a darned good question. Presumably yes. Jhana is different from hypnosis, imo. In hypnosis, it feels like you're being "led" somewhere. I think that jhana feels more liberating. A slightly related question: does anyone speculate on how the quality of Buddha's speech compelled so many to mass...
by LG2V
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does kamma determined our birth ?
Replies: 40
Views: 594

Re: Does kamma determined our birth ?

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by LG2V
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 27
Views: 671

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

It's possible that Buddha's eyes were not blue at all, but rather brown. 'Nila' translates to "dark color" in general. They could have been brown or blue. 'Nila' is the reason why Moggallana, Krishna and Shiva are often depicted as blue in Indian art. It's modern interpretation means 'blue', but it ...
by LG2V
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: paṇḍaka
Replies: 42
Views: 6522

Re: paṇḍaka

In retrospect, I think that "pandaka" generally refers to a homosexual or atypically gendered person. Please, elaborate more on why you think pandaka means homosexual... Pandaka is usually translated as eunuch, but eunuchs are only one of five types of pandakas recognized by the Commentary to Mv.I....
by LG2V
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: paṇḍaka
Replies: 42
Views: 6522

Re: paṇḍaka

In retrospect, I think that "pandaka" generally refers to a homosexual or atypically gendered person. I think that it's expressed through the lens of Ancient Indian sexuality, so perhaps the "pandaka" sexual behaviors and practices, while not quite commensurate with today's understanding of gay life...
by LG2V
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Metta Meditation Help Dying Creatures Attain Higher Rebirths?
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Does Metta Meditation Help Dying Creatures Attain Higher Rebirths?

I was thinking about it as I saw a bug dying this morning. Metta from someone else can be felt, in my opinion. I was wondering if the critters and people who feel it during their dying moments feel "uplifted" and direct their minds to a loftier destination? As a side note, I also think that Brahmavi...
by LG2V
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: AEON Article - Can Buddhist philosophy explain what came before the big bang?
Replies: 4
Views: 119

AEON Article - Can Buddhist philosophy explain what came before the big bang?

Forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong section. Here's a cool article about how modern physics is being influenced by Eastern philosophy: https://aeon.co/essays/can-buddhist-philosophy-explain-what-came-before-the-big-bang There is a story that the Buddha was once addressing his sangha, the mon...
by LG2V
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are painful bodily feeling impermenanet (anicca)?
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Are painful bodily feeling impermenanet (anicca)?

If you're experiencing pains, I hope things get better for you soon Sarath. Even if it's chronic, the pain tends to pop up in different places. This is the case even when the pain is in localized areas. Also, the mental experience of pain tends to shift between physical pain and mental pain. Most pa...
by LG2V
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Toxic Relationships
Replies: 11
Views: 500

Re: Toxic Relationships

get out of there if you can Distance from fools is rather underappreciated in western buddhist circles IMO just leave This. See if you can get someone to take over your lease or sublet. This being said, do be friendly and generous with them while you're there; these qualities go a long way and gene...
by LG2V
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Prayer and Anatta
Replies: 8
Views: 225

Re: Metta Prayer and Anatta

When you get to the point of radiating metta to all being, reflect on the fact that all things are Not Self, composed of some combination of the five aggregates. Then, continue with your metta practice as normal. You'll get some interesting results. You can try the same for impermanence and imperfec...
by LG2V
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?

Do fellow monks and friends who are lay followers still colloquially refer to the monk by his legal name (e.g. "Hey Steve, what's up.")? It depends. In Thailand, Sangha members are usually addressed by their lay names, but not always. In Sri Lanka (and Myanmar?) Sangha are, I think, always addresse...
by LG2V
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Do monks change their legal name when they ordained?

Do fellow monks and friends who are lay followers still colloquially refer to the monk by his legal name (e.g. "Hey Steve, what's up.")?
by LG2V
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 585

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

You could, I suppose, but the latter is a logical extension of the former. The two concepts are ultimately inseparable (besides release into Nibbana), imo.
by LG2V
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known

Stiphan, mind if I ask what your sources are? Ice Ages always follows Global Warming brought on by wrong use of sophisticated technology. Nonsense! :tongue: There have been no technologically sophisticated societies on Earth before this one. If our civilization collapsed today, there would be eviden...
by LG2V
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?
Replies: 22
Views: 402

Re: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?

That's a darned good question. Presumably yes. Jhana is different from hypnosis, imo. In hypnosis, it feels like you're being "led" somewhere. I think that jhana feels more liberating. A slightly related question: does anyone speculate on how the quality of Buddha's speech compelled so many to mass ...