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by cookiemonster
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Christian Afterlife in Buddhist Context
Replies: 26
Views: 2494

Re: Christian Afterlife in Buddhist Context

Recently my uncle passed away and my family contacted a psychic. I am generally skeptical when it comes to psychics and I was not there at the time so take this with a grain of salt. My family said that the psychic described my father, my uncle, grandfather, and grandmother accurately. They said th...
by cookiemonster
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've been thinking about leaving Christianity. Should I become a Buddhist?
Replies: 23
Views: 814

Re: I've been thinking about leaving Christianity. Should I become a Buddhist?

I've been thinking about leaving Christianity. Well--it's confusing. On January 28th 2020 my mother died, and to be honest --after her death I've been thinking about a lot of things in my personal life. What's going to happen to me if my father dies unexpectedly? How will I financially support myse...
by cookiemonster
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 20
Views: 1503

Re: Really Confused...!

Hello and thanks for adding me. I am facing what feels like an insurmountable confusion at the moment that is stopping my practice moving forward, as it were - so any advice from those much more experienced than me would be welcomed. I initially started studying and practising in the Theravada trad...
by cookiemonster
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)
Replies: 16
Views: 1024

Re: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)

Regarding the video below, I have a few ideas, as to why the Near Death Experiences related in the video I've posted, seem to be overwhelmingly positive for those who went through them - which would imply, one does not have to be a Buddhist (or have right view?) to have a good, peaceful death - and...
by cookiemonster
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?
Replies: 25
Views: 1401

Re: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?

Ahimsa is the central tenet of Jainism, all its other epistemology is derived from it. The Buddhist standpoint on absolute nonviolence is slightly ambiguous. Nonviolence is very important but not the overriding concern. Jainism is the most refined ethical system devised by human beings. Its total p...
by cookiemonster
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: Moha, lobha & dosa and work

Its simply not possible long term, ur drive for lay life will continue to diminish and u have passed beyond layman stage mentally or going to which means u will hav to enter the order or soon i think as if u want the drive again to succeed then u must see beings are inherent self and compete urself...
by cookiemonster
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana?
Replies: 41
Views: 1433

Re: What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana?

I do not think we have enough time in this life to learn about what Buddha taught for about forty years. Even to read and understand Sutta pitaka and commentaries take such a long time. What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana? IMO ... learn, understand & know the truth of ca...
by cookiemonster
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: Moha, lobha & dosa and work

hi... I also have same problem when u see anicca and annata and engage with Annica and annata stuffs (everything literally), u will naturally feel stupid and seeing Annica or annata will reduce ur "wanting" as u see it will be futile. u get something only to leave it so u have fear of losing someth...
by cookiemonster
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana?
Replies: 41
Views: 1433

Re: What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana?

I do not think we have enough time in this life to learn about what Buddha taught for about forty years. Even to read and understand Sutta pitaka and commentaries take such a long time. What is the least I should know and practice to realise Nibbana? IMO ... learn, understand & know the truth of ca...
by cookiemonster
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Who came first?
Replies: 15
Views: 1395

Re: Who came first?

I found this thread on quora recently, do you agree with the ideas? Why or why not? "..Your question and the comment by Pannadipa Tan Bk in particular demonstrate a very weak exposure to genuine Mahāyāna literature and teaching. I will be addressing Pannadipa Tan Bk’s comments to reply your questio...
by cookiemonster
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: Moha, lobha & dosa and work

Since becoming a Buddhist, I see anicca, dukkha, anatta in all aspects of daily life & I see the futility in most activities which I used to take such pleasure in, such as yearning for the latest gadgets or toys, games, shows, shopping, eating out, etc., things which I don't partake of much anymore...
by cookiemonster
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: Moha, lobha & dosa and work

Since becoming a Buddhist, I see anicca, dukkha, anatta in all aspects of daily life & I see the futility in most activities which I used to take such pleasure in, such as yearning for the latest gadgets or toys, games, shows, shopping, eating out, etc., things which I don't partake of much anymore...
by cookiemonster
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: Moha, lobha & dosa and work

Monks are held to much higher standards though. I mean, we have to follow 5 precepts vs all the rules a monk has to follow. So it’s not like a 1:1 comparison. That’s why I don’t think it’s that hard to believe those rules were more directed towards monks and their requisites. ... Even though the pr...
by cookiemonster
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: Moha, lobha & dosa and work

MN 117 itself states "a noble disciple [ariyasavako] abandons wrong livelihood and gains his living by right livelihood" ... which means that his definition of "wrong livelihood" just a few sentences earlier should apply to lay ariyas as well? I'm not sure. If it were a modern English text, we migh...
by cookiemonster
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Moha, lobha & dosa and work
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: Moha, lobha & dosa and work

But I am reminded of MN 117 where it is also said: "what is wrong livelihood? Scheming, persuading, hinting, belittling, & pursuing gain with gain. This is wrong livelihood." MN 117 seems to describe the dilemma I face in my own lay life today. Pretty much all business today - even ones not include...