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by K.Dhamma
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Been a long time!
Replies: 7
Views: 508

Been a long time!

I used to frequent these boards and am now returning. Just wanting to say hello! My name is Kelly, Illinois, USA. Practicing Theravada Buddhism for about 8 years. How is everyone?!
by K.Dhamma
Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Changing Jobs, Need Help. ASAP.
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Re: Changing Jobs, Need Help. ASAP.

Thank you guys.
by K.Dhamma
Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Changing Jobs, Need Help. ASAP.
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Changing Jobs, Need Help. ASAP.

So, I have been working at group homes for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities the last 2-3 years. It has been a wonderful and eye opening experience for me and I don't regret any moment of it. However I recently applied for another job and got the job offer. The new job i...
by K.Dhamma
Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How would you start again
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: How would you start again

Breath Meditation. Period. YMMV, but for me it's been my one and only refuge since I found it.

It goes so deep and grows so complete that I can't explain it.
by K.Dhamma
Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we attain Jhana while we have a sexual relationship?
Replies: 86
Views: 3944

Re: Can we attain Jhana while we have a sexual relationship?

SarathW wrote:Can we attain Jhana (at least first Jhana) while we have a sexual relationship?
:thinking:

Yes.
by K.Dhamma
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Advice needed.
Replies: 3
Views: 689

Advice needed.

This question may belong in a different category. I'm not sure, but since it kind of revolves around making an ethical decision i'll put it here. Ok, so I am going back to college. This means mountains of paperwork and late nights studying and reading. In my background I was diagnosed with Attention...
by K.Dhamma
Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why are jhanas considered superior to sensual pleasures?
Replies: 44
Views: 5228

Re: Why are jhanas considered superior to sensual pleasures?

Dear Satti1, Please note that I have not attained jhana so I am not speaking from personal experience. ... But can jhanas not also result in craving and therefore cause suffering? I'm guessing that one could become attached to the bliss and calm of jhana and therefore not devote time and effort int...
by K.Dhamma
Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: North America
Replies: 3
Views: 747

North America

Are there any North American monasteries that are accepting want-to-be monks that anyways knows about? I haven't contacted a monastery yet, but I am kind of just wondering what to expect. No room? Not accepting? etc. Thanks if anyone can answer for me.
by K.Dhamma
Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Right Speech and Risks
Replies: 4
Views: 765

Re: Right Speech and Risks

I'm a little confused with Right Speech and Right Action. Even if the intent is to do no harm there is still a risk of doing harm through a lack of skill. It seems a "wise" path is often one of avoiding getting involved in "other people's" problems. I doubt there is an absolute answer to this but I...
by K.Dhamma
Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Enlightened ones?
Replies: 15
Views: 941

Re: Enlightened ones?

oh thanks Aloka! Sorry I didn't catch that before.
by K.Dhamma
Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Enlightened ones?
Replies: 15
Views: 941

Re: Enlightened ones?

I kind of thought along the same lines. He does not need to meditate, but does so as a means for greater tranquility. Although, I guess it's debatable on whether greater tranquility would be needed. I would think so since he is still in a human body. But on the other hand, he wouldn't "want" that gr...
by K.Dhamma
Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Enlightened ones?
Replies: 15
Views: 941

Enlightened ones?

Just curious, does an arahant need to meditate?

I would think no personally, and maybe that would be pure speculation. But I am just bringing this up for the sake of a good conversation. :)

Opinions?!
by K.Dhamma
Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where is God in Buddhism?
Replies: 367
Views: 13447

Re: Where is God in Buddhism?

The Buddha continues: " Have you heard the voices of deities who have been reborn in an entirely happy world, saying 'The attainment of an entirely happy world has been well and rightly gained, and we, gentlemen, have been reborn in such a realm?'" and they replied: "No." What do you think, Potthap...
by K.Dhamma
Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where is God in Buddhism?
Replies: 367
Views: 13447

Re: Where is God in Buddhism?

"I brought it up with the hopes of inducing the awakening of awareness to these contradictory motivations within those battling them."

I'm confused to why it took 6 pages of posts to get this point across. Can you elaborate?
by K.Dhamma
Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where is God in Buddhism?
Replies: 367
Views: 13447

Re: Where is God in Buddhism?

I think it's important to remember. You doing nothing but looking at a screen with letters and symbols on it that you are using to try to describe things that are ever-so-constantly changing.

Why challenge others views if you think yours are so accurate?
by K.Dhamma
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where is God in Buddhism?
Replies: 367
Views: 13447

Re: Where is God in Buddhism?

Thanks for the informative posts guys. I would also be interested in hearing your personal beliefs regarding the nature of God if anyone cares to share. I assume that no one here believes there is no God, as knowledge comes from experience, not lack of experience. Honestly? I don't concern myself w...
by K.Dhamma
Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Ones Who Walk away from Omelas
Replies: 4
Views: 554

The Ones Who Walk away from Omelas

Sometimes when I read this story it gives me a bit of understanding to the "Middle Path." Although YMMV, I thought it would be interesting to share. It takes about 10 minutes to read, but is well worth it. Do not skip over any of it. Sorry, this should help. http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/faculty/dunnweb...
by K.Dhamma
Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How and where we get wisdom by meditation (Bhavanamaya Panna
Replies: 3
Views: 706

Re: How and where we get wisdom by meditation (Bhavanamaya P

Maybe it's that the experiences are always here and around us. Meditation gives us the clarity to see them without all the extraneous input.
by K.Dhamma
Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where is God in Buddhism?
Replies: 367
Views: 13447

Re: Where is God in Buddhism?

My understanding of Buddhism is that the idea of God is not taught or believed in. I am curious as to people's opinions about this, what your belief in God is and how it ties in with the Buddhist philosophies and practices that you follow. It seems a bit odd that an enlightened being such as the Bu...
by K.Dhamma
Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Exception to the first precept...
Replies: 7
Views: 1003

Re: Exception to the first precept...

Interestingly, the moment the thought of murdering someone arises in one's head, one immediately becomes mara's dearest friend and so, paradoxically one will never be able to murder him that way. The only way to "murder" mara is the cultivation of virtues, meditation, and wisdom which culminates in...