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by LG2V
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Want to improve sila
Replies: 14
Views: 120

Re: Want to improve sila

Try to make some sort of gamification scheme. Gamify it. Give yourself points based on good actions taken, and deduct points based on mistakes made. Add or subtract it in a text document or spreadsheet. Set goals for yourself and see if you can hit them. Here's a helpful video: https://www.ted.com/t...
by LG2V
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: More People Trained in Metta to Promote Peace
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: More People Trained in Metta to Promote Peace

There is a web site similar to what you are describing: https://www.theofferingbowl.com/ People post their petition/wish for funds for participating in upcoming Buddhist retreats and events and donors can send them donations. It is sort of like gofundme or kiva, except that it is strictly for Buddh...
by LG2V
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: More People Trained in Metta to Promote Peace
Replies: 3
Views: 65

More People Trained in Metta to Promote Peace

Would we be able to prevent wars and promote a better society by training more people in loving-kindness meditation, particularly at the jhana level? I remember reading a story (I can't find the exact sutta) about a king who asked monks to train him in metta meditation. After 7 years of training, he...
by LG2V
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain

Chances are they would get problems with the IRS, and they would have to sell/trade in whatever goods they supernormally produced illegally on the black market or legally only in very small amounts (just try to sell diamonds or precious metals in bulk without having the proper documentation for the...
by LG2V
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 50
Views: 436

Re: Anger

Recently, I've noticed that anger is an obvious sign that one is viewing things as permanent, satisfactory, and as Self in some way. It's picking up the reused garbage that is the 5 aggregates and replaying painful mental stories in hopes of accessing a mythical state of happiness that would occur "...
by LG2V
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain

Thanks chownah.
by LG2V
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Using Iddhi for Personal Gain

Hey everyone,

What are the kammic consequences for using supernormal powers for personal/material gain? For example, if someone were to produce gold with mental powers or by some other resolve bring personal wealth?
by LG2V
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Visit to Bangkok
Replies: 7
Views: 131

Re: Visit to Bangkok

Hope you have fun. I don't know much about finding dhamma books, but Bangkok is full of great wats and monks. I didn't see a lot of Burmese or Sri Lankan teachers there when I went two months ago, but I am a newbie and mostly went to the big tourist areas. Based on my experience, I would say to chec...
by LG2V
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference between Mind and Consciousness
Replies: 9
Views: 157

Re: Difference between Mind and Consciousness

Hi, “mind“ here is usually defined as attention (manasikara), contact (phassa), feeling (vedana), perception (sañña) and intention (cetana). There are six kinds of consciousness. Eye-, ear-, nose-, tongue-, body-, mind-consciousness. That's the difference roughly. best wishes, acinteyyo Thank you. ...
by LG2V
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

Thank you Bhikkhu Pesala.
by LG2V
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: how to meet buddhist singles
Replies: 19
Views: 417

Re: how to meet buddhist singles

You'll likely be able to find some Buddhist singles here: https://www.meetmindful.com/
by LG2V
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are devas attracted to metta?
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: Are devas attracted to metta?

I think so. People and animals, too.
by LG2V
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Chest tension during meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 209

Re: Chest tension during meditation

No. Just no. Firstly because you're trying to fix a short-term situational mental problem with a long-term physical treatment, secondly because the treatments you suggest don't target the problem, and thirdly because they are of very dubious effectiveness even for the problem they are supposed to f...
by LG2V
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: question regarding not-self of volition and conscious action
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: question regarding not-self of volition and conscious action

I was just thinking about this last night. There are situations in which one's volitions can't successfully control one's movements, or direct one's thinking in the desired way. For example: 1.) Your leg could have fallen asleep, and you could find yourself struggling to move it around. It could be ...
by LG2V
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Chest tension during meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 209

Re: Chest tension during meditation

Mahasi-style insight meditation, with a specific focus on noting the sensations in the region, may help. A natural supplement to help blood-flow, such as arginine or hawthorne, might help. Fish oil might do the trick, too. And they're super cheap. I used to have chest pains for a while. It sucks. Ch...
by LG2V
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: yellow kasiṇa
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: yellow kasiṇa

I've done some, but not yellow. Kasina meditation is fun to try. See what happens. I think breath or Mahasi method is will bring faster results for a beginner, though.
by LG2V
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ven. Dhammanando Appreciation Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 578

Re: Ven. Dhammanando Appreciation Thread

Thank you Bhante Dhammanando. Your knowledge and intellect have both helped and inspired me quite a few times. We're lucky to have you here.
by LG2V
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Re: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?

No. Ordering or carrying out any killing at a government's behest, whether penally or martially, would certainly be considered a breach of the first precept. What is sometimes a point of hot dispute among Buddhists is not whether the first precept is broken in these cases, but whether there are eve...
by LG2V
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Re: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?

Greetings, The Buddha of the Sutta Pitaka had no problem with the reasonable collection of taxes. If it was an ethical concern, in and of itself, I expect he would have raised the matter. Metta, Paul. :) Thanks Paul. No - taxes do not violate the precepts - although refusing to pay taxes while utii...
by LG2V
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Do Taxes Violate The Second Precept?

I am curious, because it involves the State "taking" money from people. But on some level, at least in some governments, the taxation does seem to be cooperative as well as coercive. What do you all think? Does taxing others, or raising tax rates, count as "taking what is not given"? Additionally, d...