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by ArkA
Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: defilements are reduced slowly ?
Replies: 4
Views: 395

Re: defilements are reduced slowly ?

(1) "Just as, Pahārāda, the great ocean slants, slopes, and inclines gradually, not dropping off abruptly, so too, in this Dhamma and discipline penetration to final knowledge occurs by gradual training, gradual activity, and gradual practice, not abruptly. This is the first astounding and amazing ...
by ArkA
Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu
Replies: 152
Views: 9148

Re: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu

ArkA, Perhaps you could you explain how "levitation is due to the lightness of the mind which affects the body as well" and how you know this to be the case? How you know this to be the case? As a bhikkhu, I can't tell you certain things. How "levitation is due to the lightness of the mind which af...
by ArkA
Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddha tattoo
Replies: 15
Views: 1071

Re: Buddha tattoo

If you are right Bhante, then there is a greater problem than the Sri Lankan government just evicting someone over a tattoo. That they do not see that their act of genocide perpetrated on the Tamils does not warrant criticism, this is a much more disturbing issue. Using the word " genocide " is a m...
by ArkA
Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu
Replies: 152
Views: 9148

Re: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu

Iddhipada-vibhanga Sutta: Analysis of the Bases of Power: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn51/sn51.020.than.html Thank you for mentioning that. 61. Thereupon the Blessed One entered the hall of audience, and taking the seat prepared for him, he exhorted the bhikkhus, saying: "Now, O bhi...
by ArkA
Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to deal with fleas ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2801

Re: How to deal with fleas ?

The bigger picture: "In the past, unskillful behavior was unknown among the human race. As a result, people lived for an immensely long time — 80,000 years — endowed with great beauty, wealth, pleasure, and strength. Over the course of time, though, they began behaving in various unskillful ways. T...
by ArkA
Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu
Replies: 152
Views: 9148

Re: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu

This levitation is due to the lightness of the mind which affects the body as well. How do you know this? :anjali: It can be experianced in meditation. Thank you walkart. I'am also convicend that we should not develop scepticism but develop faith. Well said, if not spelled. :tongue: :hug: Indeed. T...
by ArkA
Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to deal with fleas ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2801

Re: How to deal with fleas ?

Well, as the Monks were of the Tibetan/Mahayana tradition, perhaps they perceived their actions in a different light, Bhante.... Not only Tibetan/Mahayana, majority of diehard Theravadins too. Anyway, I just pointed to the light of Dhamma regarding "'praying' for a fortunate re-birth". I agree that...
by ArkA
Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How not to disrobe as a monastic (experiences & tipps)
Replies: 14
Views: 1946

Re: How not to disrobe as a monastic (experiences & tipps)

... ... Very good pragmatic advices. Once I asked an old monk for a simple advice that I can treasure for life. He said, “Buddha taught us all that needed for Nibbana, never stray away from his words.” In number of cases where I managed to look properly in to the reasons behind disrobing, it wasn't...
by ArkA
Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to deal with fleas ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2801

Re: How to deal with fleas ?

TheNoBSBuddhist wrote:As it was for the monks at the monastery, they all made continuous offerings for some considerable time, 'praying' for a fortunate re-birth for the now exterminated insects.
Saṃyutta Nikāya 42.6, Paccha-bhumika Sutta
by ArkA
Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu
Replies: 152
Views: 9148

Re: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu

Anyone make up a story, and the world is full of people who will believe it. Who said ArkA was a Venerable? A tale 25 years old without verification (and no, claiming a witness does not count), is unlikely to be true. Didn't you all not notice the obvious story points? "The wise sage had nothing in...
by ArkA
Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu
Replies: 152
Views: 9148

Re: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu

Is this 4th Jhana, a person experience this? Is it possible this is only a mind illusion? No, it's not mind illusion, I'm certain about that as I'm certain there's a computer in front of me. Also, I never used alcohol, mind-altering drugs, not even a cigar. And never had psychological disorders suc...
by ArkA
Fri May 16, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu
Replies: 152
Views: 9148

Levitation and a Simple Bhikkhu

In some threads there’s a talk about levitation. Just sharing my experience. About 25 years ago a friend brought me to see an old bhikkhu who lived in a temple. His parents were longterm supporters of this temple and the old bhikkhu. The bhikkhu was living alone in a small hut which located about 40...
by ArkA
Wed May 14, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 7910

Re: Life from what period

There it is right there in your quote. If he thinks it is not a living thing, i.e., does not visibly see it and does not believe there is any living being there; there is no offence. I am not in any way saying this justifies abortion. It was just something I mentioned earlier and also mentioned tha...
by ArkA
Wed May 14, 2014 1:30 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 7910

Re: Life from what period

As advised by the Buddha, this is the third advice I heard just after receiving my higher ordination, so does any bhikkhu. "When a monk is ordained he should not intetionally deprive a living thing of life, even if it is only an ant. What ever monk deprives a human being of life even down to causing...
by ArkA
Tue May 13, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional
Replies: 100
Views: 9896

Re: Ajahn Brahm, unconventional

I was at a talk by Ajahn Brahm in Brisbane a year or so ago. He told the same jokes I'd heard from him before, the same stories I'd read in his books - and then he said abortion was o.k. up to about 16 or more weeks. At that point quite a number of the audience walked out. There is clear support fo...
by ArkA
Tue May 13, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 7910

Re: Life from what period

I forget the reference, but the Buddha mentioned that killing a being we can't see (such as a tardigrade) is not an offense. This idea of "killing a being we can't see (such as a tardigrade) is not an offence" doesn't come in the whole Vinaya Pitaka or Vinaya Commentary. But according to one of my ...
by ArkA
Mon May 12, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 7910

Re: Life from what period

Hi all, I dislike involving myself in this discussion, but in the quote above (if interpreted strictly) the offence is really for the bhikkhu giving an abortive preparation which killed the child (or the fetus; the embryo; or whatever you call it). In any case, I think that abortion is a difficult ...
by ArkA
Mon May 12, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Life from what period
Replies: 108
Views: 7910

Re: Life from what period

robertk, in order to prove your viewpoint, the reference from Vinaya Piṭaka is posted below. Anyone can clearly see in those incidents, starting from the highlighted one, Buddha never asked the question "how long has that lady been pregnant?" Note that a question like a 3-month fetus or not never ar...
by ArkA
Sun May 11, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Vital new debate of What can we know of the Buddha.
Replies: 18
Views: 1944

Re: A Vital new debate of What can we know of the Buddha.

Read Learning vs. Practice on page 31 about scholars and meditators.
by ArkA
Sun May 11, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Can meditation reduce blood pressure?
Replies: 2
Views: 756

Re: Can meditation reduce blood pressure?

Yes, meditation can reduce blood pressure. In very simple terms, "samadhi" is calming everything, not only defilements. If you managed to achieve very deep samadhis, you can even stop your pulse. By nature I'm a calm person both mentally and physically. Before became a serious meditator my regular p...