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by Mkoll
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 847

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong? I don't think anyone can give a answer to this question that generally applies to everybody. Each individual case will be different because there are many other determining factors However, I think we say that there is a correc...
by Mkoll
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"
Replies: 24
Views: 573

Re: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"

Hi, First of all, sorry if this a very intellectual question. Although I'm a beginner, I love Buddhist teachings and they have a profound impact in my life. These days I find myself struggling trying to understand what "desire" means in Theravada tradition. I understand that "desire" is one of the ...
by Mkoll
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Accepting pain and avoiding it at the same time
Replies: 15
Views: 346

Re: Accepting pain and avoiding it at the same time

This reminds me of one of Ajahn Chah's disciples. Once I had a disciple who stayed in a grass-roofed hut. It rained often that rainy season and one day a strong wind blew off half the roof. He did not bother to fix it, just let it rain in. Several days passed and I asked him about his hut. He said h...
by Mkoll
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Emotional intimacy only for couples? Why is it not needed?
Replies: 18
Views: 852

Re: Emotional intimacy only for couples? Why is it not needed?

“Therefore they are happy and free from grief, Who are without love for anything in the world, Therefore those wanting what is griefless, dust-free, Should not have love for anything in the world” Thank you, I have read the above and would like to start practicing the Dhamma. But I have some questi...
by Mkoll
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment
Replies: 116
Views: 3066

Re: Karma is everything!

I've loosely followed your discussion, santa and Sam. I don't think this sutta has been mentioned yet. It may help clarify things. At Savatthī. Then the Venerable Kaccanagotta approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to him: “Venerable sir, it is said, ‘right vi...
by Mkoll
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?
Replies: 43
Views: 1478

Re: Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?

Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara? As others have said: yes, in a sense. Though I wouldn't use the phrase "product of Mara" because it has inappropriate connotations. It's in the same sense that awakening necessarily comes from a starting place of ignorance or that the end of dukkha ...
by Mkoll
Thu May 23, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 1773

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Greetings Manas, Excellent news. If there's any way I can be of assistance in this process, don't hesitate to ask. :buddha1: Metta, Paul. :) Thanks Paul, because with so many options, i feel a bit out of my depth here, in making a decision. Even if we could just meet in person some time to discuss ...
by Mkoll
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 936

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

These might help. MN 4: “Now, brahmin, it might be that you think: ‘Perhaps the recluse Gotama is not free from lust, hate, and delusion even today, which is why he still resorts to remote jungle-thicket resting places in the forest.’ But you should not think thus. It is because I see two benefits t...
by Mkoll
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Chanting and Bowing
Replies: 20
Views: 646

Re: Chanting and Bowing

Once[1] the Blessed One was living among the Bhaggas in the Deer Park at Bhesakala Grove, near Crocodile Haunt. At that time Ven. Maha Moggallana[2] sat nodding near the village of Kallavalaputta, in Magadha. The Blessed One, with his purified divine eye, surpassing the human, saw Ven. Maha Moggall...
by Mkoll
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is catharsis a valid Buddhist technique?
Replies: 12
Views: 391

Re: Is catharsis a valid Buddhist technique?

Just look at your experience. Haven't you ever expressed anger before? Punched a person? Punched a wall or other inanimate object? Spoke to someone angrily, whether in person or over the net? Cursed out loud by yourself? Felt anger arising in your mind and given rise to further discursive thoughts o...
by Mkoll
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: incidental exposure to marijuana smoke in public
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: incidental exposure to marijuana smoke in public

Polar Bear wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:26 am
I wouldn’t worry about it. Unless you’re in a hotbox for some time you’re not gonna get a contact high. I would strongly encourage you to avoid neuroticism in this regard.


:anjali:
I fully agree.
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 176
Views: 8477

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

Do you have any idea how condescending you sound. I do, actually. Horribly so, I imagine. On the other hand, I don't think you understand how condescending it is to come to a "Buddhist forum about the Dhamma of Theravada Buddhism", make your first post proclaiming you've attained Nibbana which is t...
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 176
Views: 8477

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

Do you have any idea how condescending you sound. I do, actually. Horribly so, I imagine. On the other hand, I don't think you understand how condescending it is to come to a "Buddhist forum about the Dhamma of Theravada Buddhism", make your first post proclaiming you've attained Nibbana which is t...
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 176
Views: 8477

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

The "Nirvana" you think you've attained is not the Nibbana that the Buddha attained and taught the way to. This was confirmed by the way you've described how you live. Now, you can choose to learn why this is the case so you can set yourself squarely on the Path to the Nibbana the Buddha attained, t...
by Mkoll
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evidence in the suttas for the diverse interpretations on Rebirth
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: Evidence in the suttas for the diverse interpretations on Rebirth

You might want to check out the great rebirth debate thread stickied in one of these subforums. There is a great deal of evidence there.