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by rolling_boulder
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?
Replies: 29
Views: 722

Re: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?

That is why it is called ' bad kamma '; because it diminishes self-esteem. Highly questionable - can you provide a sutta quote? 'Guilt' is a product of bad kamma. To do bad kamma but not feel guilt occurs to psychopaths ( asura & animals). Please do not speak in such a way. This is well and thoroug...
by rolling_boulder
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?
Replies: 29
Views: 722

Re: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?

It's the cultural milieu in the West to conceive a Self that is a sinner and deserving of punishment. It's basically Christian guilt. It runs very deep, below the conceptual level. The opposite manifestation of this same issue is to take the modern psychology "self esteem" path, to achieve things an...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 57
Views: 1684

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

SarathW wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 2:38 am
Hi James
Considering that you had the first hand experience, is it possible a monk in modern day to live without handling money?
Indeed I have met many monks who do not handle a cent, even when traveling alone, it is surely possible.
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 57
Views: 1684

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

i dont know the in's and out's of the vinaya, but how is it a government's right at all to regulate the saṅgha? The Thai gov't and Sangha are interwoven. The Sangha actually allows the government to regulate it by compliance with the ID system discussed below, which helps them keep a lid on cults, ...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation for Migraines
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Re: Meditation for Migraines

The fellow advising all these discursive contemplations has obviously never had a migraine attack. Please, keep it simple: use breath and Metta meditation. The breath will calm the excess of stress which fuels the headache and the Metta will alleviate the pain for you. There is no need to "meditate ...
by rolling_boulder
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: how is idle speech defined for lay followers
Replies: 8
Views: 368

Re: how is idle speech defined for lay followers

In these cases I like to refer to many suttas wherein the Buddha is said to have engaged in various formalities with his interlocutor before going into the Dhamma talk. just for an example: So the brahman householders of Sala went to the Blessed One. On arrival, some of them bowed down to the Blesse...
by rolling_boulder
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western economic system & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 999

Re: Western economic system & Buddhism

Do the best you can .. rest will follow or not follow .. just accept the result with equanimity. Make it happen. Sure, but as the OP is pointing out, in this culture, "do your best" largely implies "ignore your own values & well being and instead work mindlessly to satisfy society's arbitrary expec...
by rolling_boulder
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western economic system & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 999

Re: Western economic system & Buddhism

Does anyone else face difficulties trying to find a balance between seriously living minimally in a Buddhist way, while living in Western society/the Western economic system...? I gotta admit that I'm a little bit confused Sometimes it seems to me as if I'm just being used Gotta stay awake, gotta t...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 10 perfections?
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: 10 perfections?

bodom wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:43 pm
They are found in the Buddhavamsa the fourteenth book in the Khuddaka Nikaya...
Oh, cool, thank you.
by rolling_boulder
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion in Theravada
Replies: 30
Views: 1192

Re: Compassion in Theravada

Just because the brahma viharas are not emphasized in modern Theravada doesn't mean they are not central to the Buddha's original teaching.
See kalama sutta, etc.

Compassion is just a flavor of metta, btw, metta for those who are suffering.
by rolling_boulder
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Day to Day activities
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: Day to Day activities

With 1, 2, 3...

try

mindfulness of the Precepts/Right Speech, this is crucial and very underrated
mindfulness of your intentions;
mindfulness of Dhammas, that is, of the Enlightenment Factors and the Five Hindrances.
by rolling_boulder
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 38
Views: 1629

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

Are you familiar with his work? Do you find any encouragement there? Yes, I am, and yes I do. I would really like to meet him someday. Alas, the one time I was in San Diego I went all the way to Wat Metta and he wasn't there. His monks, though, had an incredible "presence" or "energy" and they seem...
by rolling_boulder
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 303597

Re: Gym and Buddhism

DNS wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:21 pm
In general, if you're not obese and at or fairly close to your ideal weight, then you are doing fine in regard to eating in moderation.
Yeah, I think this is good advice. In my experience it's better not to dwell so much on the eating thing, as long as you aren't having serious problems.
by rolling_boulder
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 10 perfections?
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: 10 perfections?

In orthodox Theravada, AFAIK only the Buddha is fully complete in the Paramis.

You don't actually find the 10 Paramis listed as such in the Pali Canon, however. I don't know what the origin of the idea is.
RB
by rolling_boulder
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 38
Views: 1629

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

Thanks for all the replies so far, very helpful. I've been pondering this topic continuously and your input is not in vain. Here are some thoughts. I hope it's not too long; this issue is extremely important to me. For me, when I hear teachings along the lines of what we were discussing in the OP, i...