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by Mkoll
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions regarding the 3 Intentions.
Replies: 5
Views: 85

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: 920

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: 920

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: 920

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: 364

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: 15
Views: 645

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: 39
Views: 687

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: 381

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...
by Mkoll
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Too young to ordain?
Replies: 14
Views: 372

Re: Too young to ordain?

I don't think that's too young. This way you could ordain and then if you don't like it, you'll still be young enough to go to college or other plans. There are many people who don't start college until their mid-20s so you wouldn't be out of place in case you do decide leave the ordained life. I a...
by Mkoll
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is the foremost western budhhist teacher?
Replies: 32
Views: 1324

Re: Who is the foremost western budhhist teacher?

If a good student is with an inadequate teacher, that student will eventually realize this I think the teacher is very important too. Look around the seven billion humans on this planet and see who teaches them The student becomes the teacher. All teachers were once students. The chicken and the eg...
by Mkoll
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Origination of feelings
Replies: 50
Views: 890

Re: Origination of feelings

Get a room you two. :heart:
by Mkoll
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is the foremost western budhhist teacher?
Replies: 32
Views: 1324

Re: Who is the foremost western budhhist teacher?

Yes I agree both are important. There is a minimum standard that both student and teacher have to meet or exceed for success. Beyond that minimum, the student is more important. If a good student is with an inadequate teacher, that student will eventually realize this, precisely because they are a s...
by Mkoll
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Origination of feelings
Replies: 50
Views: 890

Re: Origination of feelings

When you divorce dependent origination from a "one-life only" approach, you free yourself to see how links can act as supporting condition for other links, regardless of order. For example, without birth as a being, how could there be any experience at all? Yet birth is the 11th of 12 links with the...
by Mkoll
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is the foremost western budhhist teacher?
Replies: 32
Views: 1324

Re: Who is the foremost western budhhist teacher?

in my opinion it is Ajahn Jayasaro. While other great beings exist in the total Western tradition, Ajahn J. has to me the most impressive teaching style and authentic combination of practical and theoretical knowledge, and the ability to relate to Westerners of all backgrounds. The Thai royal famil...
by Mkoll
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the arahants ?
Replies: 46
Views: 947

Re: Where are the arahants ?

Ah, got ya David, I conflated your post with the OP's post. I agree that an arahant could be online spreading good teachings without proclaiming their attainment. Personally, I don't envision many doing this given how much more good they could do spending their time IRL. Observing how a person acts ...