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by GusVanSpent
Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks can create art, but not Music?
Replies: 26
Views: 3665

Re: Monks can create art, but not Music?

I could be wrong but I find a lot of input to this thread to unfair, though I am biased because I've studied music and have put my eggs into that basket as far as a career goes. But as far as I knew, a large part of Buddhism is not taking yourself so seriously as to become austere, crusading against...
by GusVanSpent
Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:48 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: "The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained"
Replies: 5
Views: 1877

Re: "The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained"

Wow David, I'm sorry if this is out of place, but thank you so much for offering this book for free, you put so much work into it just for the benefit of others, very inspiring. I'm going to read this one as soon as possible.
by GusVanSpent
Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Focusing on the nostrils?
Replies: 5
Views: 1442

Focusing on the nostrils?

I have a very hard time focusing on the tip of my nostrils. It will take me a good 15 minutes to get my concentration zeroed in on the tips of my nostrils, but at that point I'll have culminated some sort of a physical feeling that I can't really describe, almost as though the tips of my nostrils ta...
by GusVanSpent
Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should Wives Be Obedient?
Replies: 91
Views: 7495

Re: Should Wives Be Obedient?

These kinds of questions have always confused me. The Buddha reached enlightenment, therefore he was all knowing, past present and future. At the time women's rights were not as well established as they are today, women were treated more as servants than equal partners. The Buddha was of this time, ...
by GusVanSpent
Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How can Mara be bested?
Replies: 4
Views: 971

How can Mara be bested?

I could really use some insight or wisdom regarding how to make yourself strong enough to resist temptations and follow the five precepts with joy rather than constantly being bested by my inner demons. I feel that through meditation I've enabled myself to see when my intentions are bad, but cannot ...
by GusVanSpent
Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Would serving alcohol be wrong livelihood?
Replies: 4
Views: 1354

Re: Would serving alcohol be wrong livelihood?

If you didn't find what you were looking for in that discussion. I think I have some insight from personal experience. I was offered a job when I did not have enough money to pay for rent or food. I was desperate, I had searched everywhere for a job and eventually relented and made the attempt to ap...