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by Mkoll
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 24
Views: 248

Re: Theravada for Beginner

For getting started with Sutta's, many recommend Bhikkhu Bodhi's Anthology called In The Buddha's Words . He has fairly long introductions to the chapters which are helpful. (There is a beginner resource thread at the top of the beginner forum section.) Edit/Add: This esplains the factors of the Ei...
by Mkoll
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: PM about dhammaboard.co
Replies: 25
Views: 616

Re: PM about dhammaboard.co

Who is the admin?

Edt: nevermind. It is rightviewftw
by Mkoll
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 805

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

There is no "free unconditioned will" according to Dhamma. I think this is obvious. Though, we live in a world of illusions, where things exist by themselves and among them there is "free will", based on a sense of selfhood. I'm also wondering if there is anywhere in the Pali Canon where the Buddha...
by Mkoll
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps
Replies: 17
Views: 278

Re: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps

Selling the dhamma is getting crazy... With 25,000,000 downloads, guided meditation app Calm is worth $250Million US dollars, and made a profit of $40 million last year. Meditation is BIG business! The guided meditation app Calm costs users $12.99/month, $59.99/year. The app Headspace costs $12.99/...
by Mkoll
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara Confusion
Replies: 21
Views: 447

Re: Samsara Confusion

MrKoala wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:03 am
I feel comfortable enough with my understanding to return to my reading again.
Let us know how far you get. I think only a few people have read that entire thread, diverting as it is. I start to contribute...oh somewhere in the 300s of pages or so. :tongue:
by Mkoll
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do people know about rebirth?
Replies: 60
Views: 827

Re: How do people know about rebirth?

My problem and the main source of confusion about rebirth is the idea that somehow those tendencies are carried from one life to another, even if those life are not connected by bloodline, social interaction, or something like that. It's amazing that after 2500 years, there is no consensus about th...
by Mkoll
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)
Replies: 15
Views: 592

Re: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)

Happy birthday and happy anniversary!

I see you're sporting Raiders swag already. Oakland won't be the same without the Raiders, but I guess Vegas deserves a team. It's a great place for sports I'd think. Watch the Raiders win a Superbowl once they move from Oakland... :rofl:
by Mkoll
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions regarding the 3 Intentions.
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Re: Questions regarding the 3 Intentions.

This from Ajahn Thanissaro goes into right intention in some depth. It may help answer some of your questions.

https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/OnThe ... n0009.html
by Mkoll
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Polyamorous relationships
Replies: 39
Views: 1205

Re: Polyamorous relationships

1. If the third precept is about cheating , perhaps people could find amendment so that not to cheat and yet possible to engage in relationships that do not violate it . Eg. A person married with a lawful wife where the law indicated polygamous marriage is not allowed while other wifes whom are not...
by Mkoll
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Polyamorous relationships
Replies: 39
Views: 1205

Re: Polyamorous relationships

The ideal follower of the Buddha is free from lust and thus celibate. A human during mankind's most degenerate age is a lustful incestuous beast. So from that, I think we can safely infer that polyamorous relationships tend one toward degeneration, not distinction, and strongly at that. I am not su...
by Mkoll
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Polyamorous relationships
Replies: 39
Views: 1205

Re: Polyamorous relationships

Let's cool off a bit y'all. The reference from DN26 santa100 is referring to is found in its description of the downfall and eventual re-arising of human morals. This is the theme of the whole sutta. Higher morals correspond with higher lifespans and poor morals with lower. At the crescendo of the d...
by Mkoll
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 14
Views: 481

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

Listening to music generates demerit (bad deeds, bad kamma)? Listening to music breaks the precepts of virtue? Who listens to music becomes a bad person? Does listening to music generate demerit as much as killing and stealing? No. Bad deeds are the 10 courses of unwholesome action, see MN 41 for e...
by Mkoll
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My first jhana
Replies: 16
Views: 852

Re: My first jhana

tamdrin wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:26 pm
Hello,

I enjoyed reading your descriptions of the jhana. Which one of Ajahn Brahm's books is very good? I saw one at the bookstore.. Maybe I will pick it up.
Are there any available online?
The Quora post links to Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond.
by Mkoll
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 51
Views: 1428

Re: lice

:goodpost:
by Mkoll
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Pain Of Living In Between Two Worlds - Need Good Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: The Pain Of Living In Between Two Worlds - Need Good Advice

May I ask how you go from making that much money to being broke and in debt? What are you buying that puts you into debt? I think this may be playing a role in your turbulence. If you build up some financial stability, I think this would go a long way to evening things out. The Buddha actually taugh...