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by LG2V
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 21
Views: 210

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

As far as mental experience goes, you gain a clearer mind, more mental energy, a more accurate view of the world, easier living, less drama, and less conceit about the body. I was celibate for 2 years. The first year was so great that I tried it again for another year. The second year was stressful,...
by LG2V
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?
Replies: 7
Views: 91

Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Idappaccayatā wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:52 pm
LG2V wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:43 am
Do they still have relics at Wat Metta?
Like Buddha images in the sala?
Like remains of Buddha and famous teachers.
by LG2V
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?
Replies: 7
Views: 91

Re: visiting Wat Metta late February, suggestions?

Do they still have relics at Wat Metta?
by LG2V
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 69
Views: 621

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

I don't understand what you mean. These monks are obviously killing many living creatures while they sweep. Whilst it can be claimed the killing is unintentional; such a claim would be extremely negligent; since it is quite obvious sweeping the path kills living creatures, such as ants. Its like dr...
by LG2V
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 69
Views: 621

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

I would imagine that a sotapanna, being possessed of a somewhat constant understanding of the impermanence of things, would be able to get over things quickly. Such a person would likely be too happy and too detached to have the amount of strong hatred needed to intentionally kill someone. Similar c...
by LG2V
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada
Replies: 22
Views: 641

Re: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada

I do wonder if the rate of Buddhas arising is increasing or decreasing, or has remained generally the same. It seems like somewhat of an inconjecturable, though. in this aeon alone, there have been 4 sammāsambuddhas, including gotama. ‘It is now ninety-one aeons ago, brethren, since Vipassī, the Ex...
by LG2V
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: The Sun and other Cosmic Bodies in Buddhist Cosmology
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: The Sun and other Cosmic Bodies in Buddhist Cosmology

This thread is a bit speculative. Does anyone else think that the sun and other stars could be higher planes of existence, such as Brahma worlds? They do resemble meditative nimittas, and they are radiant like how many of the jhana states are described. Or they could be great hells. I'm not sure. B...
by LG2V
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living
Replies: 19
Views: 282

Re: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living

SarathW wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:36 am
" Here is his home in an RV:
How is this different to a lifestyle of a gipsy?
I think gypsies are viewed differently in The US than in Europe. I think lot of people in my part of The US would be somewhat indifferent to them.
by LG2V
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: The Sun and other Cosmic Bodies in Buddhist Cosmology
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: The Sun and other Cosmic Bodies in Buddhist Cosmology

cappuccino wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:25 pm
science is for the most part discovering planets they call "hell worlds"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88bF6Dho5M8
I just watched the intro and it seems like a pretty cool show. Thanks for sharing.
by LG2V
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: The Sun and other Cosmic Bodies in Buddhist Cosmology
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: The Sun and other Cosmic Bodies in Buddhist Cosmology

Good points. Does anyone have recommendations for viewing divine realms while in meditation?

Feel free to pm me.
by LG2V
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living
Replies: 19
Views: 282

Re: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living

That's cool. I've never been an RV person, but it's plausable. $200/month for a mortgage in Southern California is amazing. I've paid a lot more for less out there lol.
by LG2V
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living
Replies: 19
Views: 282

Re: Worldly success & Dhamma practice

Sufficient money does provide freedom. I agree with this. You don't need to be super-wealthy as a lay man, but it helps to have sufficient money. If you're struggling to pay the rent or mortgage and to put food on the table for yourself and family, then it will be difficult (not impossible) to prac...
by LG2V
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we test the state of our mind in a lab?
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Can we test the state of our mind in a lab?

French Geneticist-turned-Tibetan Monk Matthieu Ricard has meditated, and probably entered jhana, while attached to brain scans. Scientists call him "The Happiest Man on Earth" based on their results. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2225634/Is-worlds-happiest-man-Brain-scans-reveal-French-m...
by LG2V
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: The Sun and other Cosmic Bodies in Buddhist Cosmology
Replies: 7
Views: 135

The Sun and other Cosmic Bodies in Buddhist Cosmology

This thread is a bit speculative. Does anyone else think that the sun and other stars could be higher planes of existence, such as Brahma worlds? They do resemble meditative nimittas, and they are radiant like how many of the jhana states are described. Or they could be great hells. I'm not sure. Bu...
by LG2V
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada
Replies: 22
Views: 641

Re: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada

I do wonder if the rate of Buddhas arising is increasing or decreasing, or has remained generally the same. It seems like somewhat of an inconjecturable, though.
by LG2V
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
Replies: 41
Views: 486

Re: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

It intuitively feels like a very "American" idea. It's the sort of comment that would draw admiration and reverence from both sides of the American political spectrum. That was my first take on it. But, it seems to have come from Voltaire, and earlier Europeans. I think that I've been culturally rai...
by LG2V
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: health and celibacy
Replies: 46
Views: 2028

Re: health and celibacy

I was celibate for 2 years a while ago. It's perfectly fine, from a health perspective. If anything, it makes you more productive. It's the mental part that's difficult.

Avoiding the wrong food and images make it easier. And, of course, the opposite sex in general. lol.
by LG2V
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Is Coconut Oil Overrated?
Replies: 14
Views: 546

Re: Is Coconut Oil Overrated?

It is, but it isn't. lol. It's not an all-encompassing cure, but it is extremely healthy. It's great for energy, replacing unhealthy fats, keeping you in shape via its medium chain triglycerides, and detoxing the body via pulling. It's great for your hair and skin too. And this is coming from a guy ...
by LG2V
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: How to get over being wronged?
Replies: 27
Views: 428

Re: How to get over being wronged?

Thanks guys, I appreciate your advice.
by LG2V
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: How to get over being wronged?
Replies: 27
Views: 428

Re: How to get over being wronged?

Thanks, everyone. I talked with someone about it who really put things into perspective. I can see things with more equanimity now and accept that I made some mistakes and made some bad friends in the past, too. I can move on from people who've wronged me in the particular instance that I was most a...