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by rolling_boulder
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 3178

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

binocular wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:12 am
rolling_boulder wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:54 pm
It sounds like you are trying to fit the Dhamma to your own preconceptions.
May the one who doesn't try to fit the Dhamma to their own preconceptions cast the first stone!
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by rolling_boulder
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When you kill you are killing yourself?
Replies: 7
Views: 288

Re: When you kill you are killing yourself?

:juggling: It kinda makes sense on the conventional plane but I think it would require some particular interpretations of kamma and "the mind" which are not neccesarily supportable by Pali scripture alone. It is true in the same way that aversion to a particular person is actually self-referential, ...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Money
Replies: 10
Views: 2079

Re: Money

renounced all my friends when I started to practise Buddhism so don't really have anyone to discuss this with. Don't know your personal situation but this sounds a little unhealthy. Anyway. It sounds like your wife has an addiction - this probably requires outside help and some serious compassion a...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Flesh desires along with mindfulness
Replies: 17
Views: 1581

Re: Flesh desires along with mindfulness

In my experience, being mindful of sensations, noises, smells, etc, during sex is quite yucky. Total lust-killer. If I want "good" sex, I try to focus on the other person, or the passion, or what I feel for her in my mind. Not the actual sensations, as Goenkaji may teach. I get the same effect with...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Yoniso Manasikara
Replies: 17
Views: 1494

Re: Yoniso Manasikara

this is a subtle point, but rather than pointing to definitions it is better to look into your own experience. Yoniso manasikara is paying attention in ways that do not produce suffering. What ways of paying attention produce suffering and what ways do not? This way you will find out what it really ...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Atheistic Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: Atheistic Buddhism

...non-athiestic Buddhist teachings were actually athiestic but in metaphor format tied down by the cultural baggage of the stupid indian and asian people of the time and whatnot. Its one thing to set aside a teaching, its another to create some convoluted theory on why all of Buddhism was really j...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 3178

Re: Slavic Buddhism vs Western Buddhism

It seems to me that Slavic Buddhism and Western Buddhism is quite different things, because Slavic mentality is quite different from Western Mentality, in Slavic countries we don't have this white guilt, and we don't have all this hypertolerance, multiculturalism, feminism and equality ideas, for u...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Toxic Relationships
Replies: 11
Views: 901

Re: Toxic Relationships

get out of there if you can

Distance from fools is rather underappreciated in western buddhist circles IMO

just leave
by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Language patterns of puthujjana
Replies: 5
Views: 261

Re: Language patterns of puthujjana

paul wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:11 pm
The informal term “kids” for example links children with young goats, which is its secondary meaning.
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by rolling_boulder
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Mun talking to Buddha
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Ajahn Mun talking to Buddha

Yeah. In this connection it is important to realize that Ajahn Mun's biography was written posthumously by Ajahn Maha Boowa. I can't personally deny any of the statements in that book but suffice it to say that there are many people who thought it went a little over the top. The story goes that Ajah...
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: 1263

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: 1263

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: 60
Views: 3361

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: 60
Views: 3361

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, ...