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by Feathers
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A question about gratitude (practices/meditations)
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: A question about gratitude (practices/meditations)

Sam Vara wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:02 pm
There are some good articles here:

https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/567-gratitude
Thank you
by Feathers
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A question about gratitude (practices/meditations)
Replies: 3
Views: 159

A question about gratitude (practices/meditations)

Hiya! Weird coming back to this forum after a few years!

I have a question: I am looking for some sort of gratitude practice/meditation/prayer. And general teachings on gratitude in Buddhism. Any recommendations?

Any suggestions are much appreciated!
by Feathers
Wed May 27, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 23570

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

I think that kind of prostitution that you would see as a ""harmless priapic pleasures" is unlikely to exist and is purely a hypothetical idea. I think your views here are irresponsible (as are many of the views you expound, as a monk, on a public forum) and that it would be easy for your view to b...
by Feathers
Mon May 25, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 23570

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

If the precepts are only about not doing harm to yourself, the whole not killing and not stealing stuff becomes a lot more flexible, I would think? If the precepts are also about not doing harm to others, then I would think they prohibit all but the most carefully researched sex with prostitutes, to...
by Feathers
Sun May 24, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 23570

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

Ok, somewhat pointlessly I am going to sum up my views on prostitution and the use of prostitutes, mostly so I know it has actually been said as no-one else seems to be articulating this view, and then bow out of this thread. Prostitution: - great compassion for the women involved in it who have bee...
by Feathers
Sun May 24, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 23570

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

As for prostitution, I really don’t understand why so many western Buddhists have this idée fixe about there being something inordinately evil in a man’s paying a woman to have sex with him. That's rooted deep down in the history of christian marriage in Europe since the middle ages. It's not the p...
by Feathers
Fri May 01, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular than Theravada in the west?
Replies: 57
Views: 7876

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular than Theravada in the west?

I'm an atheist but was raised pretty intensely Christian, so manage to have both the scepticism and the longing for the bodhisattva saviour figure :tongue: Thanks for the link, will check it out :smile: Re. cherry picking: I think the idea is you should be consistent and go deep into a practice, rat...
by Feathers
Fri May 01, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular than Theravada in the west?
Replies: 57
Views: 7876

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular than Theravada in the west?

I wonder if for some westerners coming from a Christian background the idea of the Bodhisattva - merciful beings working to free others - is reassuring, or fulfills some of the emotional wishes that the Jesus figure may fulfill, or saints in Catholic tradition. Green Tara stepping down to help could...
by Feathers
Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Lay life or monasticism?
Replies: 23
Views: 5379

Re: Ditching lay life, wanting to ordain.

You're on a one-year course, right? Would it be worth at least finishing that, so you have a qualification to fall back on if it turns out monasticism isn't for you?
by Feathers
Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why Ordain?
Replies: 17
Views: 2467

Re: Why Ordain?

I sometimes wonder this, and then I think how much I would dislike becoming a nun, and that shows me the value of it - the massive act of renunciation, of severing as many sources of attachment as possible . . . I think that would be much, much harder to do in lay life, and I think it must take enor...
by Feathers
Sun Apr 12, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Cats Sleeping On Buddha Statues
Replies: 3
Views: 1036

Re: Cats Sleeping On Buddha Statues

Lovely :-)
by Feathers
Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the Kamma relate to gender differentiation?
Replies: 24
Views: 2735

Re: What is the Kamma relate to gender differentiation?

Thinking that men are like this and women are like that is always wrong. There is no such thing as women and there is no such thing as men......there are just individual people each being different. chownah :goodpost: Perhaps risky to quote Dogen here but: Before becoming free from delusion, men an...
by Feathers
Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: This Buddhist Monk Used His Own Practice To Make Peace With Cancer
Replies: 6
Views: 1212

Re: This Buddhist Monk Used His Own Practice To Make Peace With Cancer

From the article:
Accepting your fate doesn’t mean that you give up. It means facing your reality. Stand up and fight it. You don’t just give up. When we say we accept our fate that means we face the facts right now and we will deal with it.
Really like that approach.
by Feathers
Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the Kamma relate to gender differentiation?
Replies: 24
Views: 2735

Re: What is the Kamma relate to gender differentiation?

I do not think male is superior to female. Being a human is the most important of all. If both can attain the ultimate goal Nibbana, as Buddhist we can't say male is superior to the female. What is being asserted is the superiority of the indriya, not the person. Thanks for adding that. That makes ...
by Feathers
Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: U.K General Election
Replies: 108
Views: 9318

Re: U.K General Election

I'll be voting Green - I actually just joined them. I don't expect them to get in in my area - it's a pretty strong Labour seat by the looks of it - but hey ho.