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by philosopher
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are posthumous gifts considered acts of generosity, and do they make merit?
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Are posthumous gifts considered acts of generosity, and do they make merit?

If one leaves to, say, Buddhist world organizations a sum of money after one's death, is this still an act of generosity? Would setting up a fund that gives gifts into perpetuity (through investing) keep generating merit that would benefit the giver in his/her future births?


:anjali:
by philosopher
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
Replies: 11
Views: 441

Re: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright

His Coursera course is available here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/science-of-meditation

I'm on the last week. It's been... entertaining.
by philosopher
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Are these traditional Buddha images?
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Are these traditional Buddha images?

They are being sold as Buddha images, but I'm wondering if they are traditional. If so, what is their historical context / significance? https://www.wayfair.com/decor-pillows/pdp/design-toscano-bodhisattva-discovering-nirvana-asian-statue-txg5045.html https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Three-Hand...
by philosopher
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:58 am
Holy Spit, they're expensive!
Don't do it!
I know... they seem overpriced.
by philosopher
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?

I especially love the "pondering" Buddhas (is that what that posture is called?) in the top row. There are figures in the same posture at our local monastery, placed on either side of the main buddha-rupa as if listening or attending. For this reason, I've always assumed (and I could be wrong - I n...
by philosopher
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Any recommendations for how to find local stores that might carry Buddha statues for a shrine?
Replies: 9
Views: 120

Re: Any recommendations for how to find local stores that might carry Buddha statues for a shrine?

Is price / budget an issue? If so, Ross department stores and dd's discounts have very inexpensive ones. Just look in their home furnishings area; they have some small to medium sized ones, almost always under $20. Oh, wow - thank you!!! I'd never have guessed. I will check out my local stores. :) ...
by philosopher
Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?
Replies: 25
Views: 472

Re: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?

What are some examples of devotional practices that one might do at home? I must be a very typical Western Buddhist, because I don't even know what this entails. Chanting? Lighting incense in front of a Buddha image? Yes, many Westerners that I know do both on a regular basis, and also make offerin...
by philosopher
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Any recommendations for how to find local stores that might carry Buddha statues for a shrine?
Replies: 9
Views: 120

Re: Any recommendations for how to find local stores that might carry Buddha statues for a shrine?

Are you in the USA? I find it's the New Age and Hippy stores which sell Buddha statues. Some of them are actually quite nice. They are those stores which sell lots of incense and tie-dye clothing and ethnic wooden stuff. Hippy Junk, really, although I'm sort of a hippy myself. Yes, USA. :) I did ch...
by philosopher
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?
Replies: 14
Views: 186

Re: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?

I fully believe that it is possible to perceive sound in this way, but I am unsure about how to achieve this in practical terms. I think I need more detailed guidance. Is this a perception to adopt - i.e. just sound (perhaps use a noting technique? "sound, sound")? Yes, I'm sorry if it sounds like ...
by philosopher
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?
Replies: 14
Views: 186

Re: Any recommended teachings, talks, or advice for dealing with noise?

@Volovksy and @paul, I have tried many noise canceling headphones - including top of the line ones by Bose as well ones designed for shooting ranges. None block the sounds of my neighbors - loud voices, children screaming, dogs barking, etc. Sad to hear. I also was struggling with noise a lot (alth...
by philosopher
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Shrine Devotional Practice: A Wizard did it Primer
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Re: Shrine Devotional Practice: A Wizard did it Primer

Thank you for sharing this, Wizard in the Forest. I'm someone who has not dabbled in devotional practices and this gives me some wonderful ideas about how and where to start. :anjali:
by philosopher
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?

They look nice in the photos, but I've had mixed luck with Overstock, and I imagine a statue would be pricey to return.

https://www.overstock.com/search?keywor ... ype=Header

I especially love the "pondering" Buddhas (is that what that posture is called?) in the top row.
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 10
Views: 204

Re: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:39 am
philosopher wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:58 am
That sounds amazing. :)
Yes, it's a pretty good spot to live.
Lovely. Thanks for sharing.
by philosopher
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Any recommendations for how to find local stores that might carry Buddha statues for a shrine?
Replies: 9
Views: 120

Any recommendations for how to find local stores that might carry Buddha statues for a shrine?

I tried searching for "Buddha statue" in Yelp but got a bunch of New Age stores and various Buddhist temples. Online stores would be fine, too, though I'd prefer to look in person. Thank you! :anjali: