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by rolling_boulder
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?
Replies: 18
Views: 989

Re: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?

I would consider Sri Lanka as well
by rolling_boulder
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I chose where I want to be reborn?
Replies: 17
Views: 385

Re: Can I chose where I want to be reborn?

MN 41 contains the answer to this question. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.041.nymo.html The answer is "maybe." If you have the right kamma. 18. "If a householder who observes conduct in accordance with the Dhamma, righteous conduct, should wish: 'Oh, that on the dissolution of the b...
by rolling_boulder
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Symbolism and Blasphemy
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: Symbolism and Blasphemy

A symbol that is more consistently used across all Buddhist traditions is the dhamma wheel, or images of the Buddha. The "om" symbol is not really representative of Buddhism as a whole.
by rolling_boulder
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The difference between samadhi and jhana
Replies: 5
Views: 102

Re: The difference between samadhi and jhana

Yeah, then throw in samatha, now we have 3 words for basically the same thing, or very closely related.

For me, rather than worrying about semantics, I would rather just meditate and see these things for myself.
by rolling_boulder
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Living in the NOW
Replies: 27
Views: 380

Re: Living in the NOW

Past and future being mere illusions of the mind; nonexistent; stored nowhere; having either faded away or not yet arisen, strictly speaking you are always in the present. You may just be presently daydreaming about things that no longer exist, or might come to pass. This being the case, does daydre...
by rolling_boulder
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against Logic
Replies: 17
Views: 307

Re: Theravada against Logic

Friends, It is in this way that the Dhamma is beyond the scope of reasoning. Envisioning for himself clash, dispute, quarreling, annoyance, frustration, he both abandons that view and does not cling to another view . Thus there is the abandoning of these views; thus there is the relinquishing of the...
by rolling_boulder
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Minimum size of the Organism we should care about.
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Minimum size of the Organism we should care about.

Actually contrary to the other posts I have heard somewhere, not sure if it's from the Vinaya or Canon or something, that the minimum is that the creature breathes.
by rolling_boulder
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sensual desire as a Layman
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: Sensual desire as a Layman

It is very difficult to overcome. Here is what has helped for me: Get away from your triggers. If you are serious about this, maybe you even have to get rid of your computer and phone, leave it at a friends place or something. Practice sense restraint especially with the eyes. Don't go a wandering. ...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: unusual experiences: the giant?
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: unusual experiences: the giant?

It's very interesting that you use the terms big mind and little mind. Take a look at the following sutta does it resonate with you ? It does and it doesn't, because truly the "limitlessness" experience is so obscurely defined in the sutta. A limitlessness does seem to be present in this particular...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: unusual experiences: the giant?
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: unusual experiences: the giant?

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:02 am
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Continue to meditate despite this feeling of the other higher larger mind.
Ya, thx, that is kind of what I am suspecting but don't know for sure.
I guess that's the funny part, is you never know for sure.
by rolling_boulder
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: unusual experiences: the giant?
Replies: 5
Views: 225

unusual experiences: the giant?

Hi Does anyone want to speculate on what is going on here. Writing this out for my own reference too, and maybe others will find it's useful. Basically in my meditation lately (very intense lately) there is something unusual going on. I can only describe it subjectively. I will refrain from using Pa...
by rolling_boulder
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate it?
Replies: 18
Views: 347

Re: Are there canonical teachings about the fundamental invalidity of conceptual thinking and the necessity to eliminate

[...] Clearly this summary's teaching must be central and fundamental to Buddhism... Mmmm, that is a strong claim. It would be true if this particular style of teaching were typical in the suttas. But it is only one sutta among many. It exists in a context. Bahiya was an accomplished spiritual teac...
by rolling_boulder
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual Energy
Replies: 19
Views: 485

Re: Sexual Energy

indulgence is a sign that the practitioner is not serious, not concentrating on what is essential, does not understand suffering and his practice still boils down to rites and rituals (episodic). Might I just point out that a sotapanna and indeed also a sakadagami are both not free from sexual desi...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Happiness does NOT exist
Replies: 16
Views: 380

Re: Happiness does NOT exist

consider this op https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.059.nypo.html Carpenter Fivetools said: Not three kinds of feelings, reverend Udayi, were taught by the Blessed One. It is two kinds of feelings that were stated by the Blessed One: pleasant and painful feelings. The neutral feeling was...