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by Eightfolder
Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:03 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddha not a Prince?
Replies: 21
Views: 3599

Re: Buddha not a Prince?

I like the story about the fortune teller who told Siddartha's father that he was meant to be a leader or a prophet. Of course we all know how the story ended. Not unlike the young Sigmund Freud whose mother took the baby to meet the friends and neighbors in their Jewish ghetto and an old peasant wo...
by Eightfolder
Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Forgiveness - What did the Buddha say about it?
Replies: 12
Views: 3411

Re: Forgiveness - What did the Buddha say about it?

Me thinks some (perhaps many) practicing Buddhists or followers of the Dhamma have found convenient little cracks in the sidewalk of life to allow for dispassion and non-attachment where a deeper human impulse would be calling to pay heed under normal circumstances. Of course, some are born and rais...
by Eightfolder
Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Forgiveness - What did the Buddha say about it?
Replies: 12
Views: 3411

Re: Forgiveness - What did the Buddha say about it?

Well said...well said. Thank you all for the comments. Plenty of food for thought and elbow room for change.


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by Eightfolder
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Forgiveness - What did the Buddha say about it?
Replies: 12
Views: 3411

Re: Forgiveness - What did the Buddha say about it?

Ah...this is where it is said by many observers that "Buddhists' are passive - and concern themselves only with own enlightenment and not with the cruelities of the world around them"....have I got that assessement accurate? True, I cannot judge what's in someone's heart but it seems to me we are ce...
by Eightfolder
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Forgiveness - What did the Buddha say about it?
Replies: 12
Views: 3411

Re: Forgiveness - What did the Buddha say about it?

Thank you both. Links are very helpful and I see in Buddha's conversation with Rahla the importance of owning up to mistakes made. I am looking at this issue of forgivenss again in light of so many unfortunate circumstances in the world today which are private, personal, family matters and end up in...
by Eightfolder
Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Forgiveness - What did the Buddha say about it?
Replies: 12
Views: 3411

Forgiveness - What did the Buddha say about it?

Could someone quote sources or passages in the Pali Canon where Buddha spoke specificially about the concept of forgivenss (which was probably not stated as such but the theme itself) or where I might find sources? I am really very curious about this wave of "forgiveness" that is suppose to be a gre...
by Eightfolder
Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Effects of meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: Effects of meditation

My own journey started in 2006 reading a whole stack of books on Buddhism to understand this widely expansive "religion". After 3 months of learning about the history, philosophy, time and place of the spread and an overview of the major schools, I still knew nothing about meditating. By 2007 I foun...
by Eightfolder
Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Effects of meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: Effects of meditation

well said....well said

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by Eightfolder
Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:23 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: More talks on MN by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 2
Views: 879

Re: More talks on MN by Bhikkhu Bodhi

I really love listening to Bhikku Bodhi

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by Eightfolder
Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Effects of meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: Effects of meditation

Sloth and torpor are my friends....sloth and torpor are my teachers....sloth and torpor stay with me...

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by Eightfolder
Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Venerable Webu Sayadaw
Replies: 18
Views: 4792

Re: Venerable Webu Sayadaw

Thanks for additional information about the Goenka lineage. It's good to know more about the history and roots of my practice since here in the USA we don't have easy access to monks, nuns, monasteries and teachers. The internet and availability of countless Buddhist resources is beginning to look l...
by Eightfolder
Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population Control
Replies: 20
Views: 3330

Re: Population Control

:woohoo:

Great words of wisdom! Thank you and quite right....all that inquiry and continuous skeptism does nothing to reduce my suffering and I am determined to reduce my suffering! Very helpful post. Well said...well said!


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by Eightfolder
Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population Control
Replies: 20
Views: 3330

Re: Population Control

Thanks for that link to the topic. I found Bhikkhu Bodhi's article interesting and extremely persuasive but I have ideas of my own about our place in this universe. To see ourselves not as particles but part of a wave is a wonderful metaphor but in the daily business of living we are each accountabl...
by Eightfolder
Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Core teachings
Replies: 20
Views: 3132

Re: Core teachings

hey another Goenka person.....Isn't that 10 day the best thing since sliced whole wheat bread?


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by Eightfolder
Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Core teachings
Replies: 20
Views: 3132

Re: Core teachings

James, Sorry I'm a little late getting back to your response. I just figured out how to locate my old posts. I never know where I leave things in a forum of this kind. I don't think anything happens when we die. We just die. No spirit, no energy, no consciousness, no substance or non-substance rises...