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by samseva
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?
Replies: 30
Views: 1100

Re: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?

I drive a lot at work and I mediatate a lot while I drive. My eyes tend to close when my mind and heart reach tranquility. Sometimes I let them close completely. Sometimes I go in and out of sight just long enough to maneuver around the roads. It’s a good practice because it lets me keep track of h...
by samseva
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?
Replies: 30
Views: 1100

Re: Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?

I drive a lot at work and I mediatate a lot while I drive. My eyes tend to close when my mind and heart reach tranquility. Sometimes I let them close completely. Sometimes I go in and out of sight just long enough to maneuver around the roads. It’s a good practice because it lets me keep track of h...
by samseva
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: discourses nowhere define "virtues dear to the noble ones" or do they?
Replies: 22
Views: 644

Re: discourses nowhere define "virtues dear to the noble ones" or do they?

Eliminated at stream-entry: the possibility of killing living beings, stealing, sexual misconduct, false speech , wrong view. I'm sure a Stream-Winner would obviously not do deliberate acts of killing, stealing or sexual misconduct, but would his speech be completely unbroken and unblemished (such ...
by samseva
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Question and answers website by Ven. Dhammanando
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Question and answers website by Ven. Dhammanando

Dhammanando wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:01 am
samseva wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:51 pm
A repository of Ven. Dhammanando's posts could be a good idea.
I would prefer that there not be one.
Okay then, no problem. I won't make one.
by samseva
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Question and answers website by Ven. Dhammanando
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Question and answers website by Ven. Dhammanando

Dhammanando wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:29 pm
My posting here and at Sutta Central and Facebook already takes up all the time (i.e., an hour and a half a day) that I'm prepared to devote to online stuff.
Do you post/participate in Dhamma-related groups on Facebook, or it is rather just direct messages and replying to general comments?
by samseva
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Question and answers website by Ven. Dhammanando
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Question and answers website by Ven. Dhammanando

A repository of Ven. Dhammanando's posts could be a good idea. People could ask questions here or on SuttaCentral, and every new post that has valuable information could then be added. The text from the post could be pasted, along with the link of the original post. I could look into this to see if ...
by samseva
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Benefits of fasting
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Benefits of fasting

The benefits of fasting have been known for thousands of years. It's just recently that modern scientists are researching it and giving complex explanations—and saying they discovered these things. They are doing exactly the same thing with meditation. For most scientists, fMRI scans and blood work,...
by samseva
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: discourses nowhere define "virtues dear to the noble ones" or do they?
Replies: 22
Views: 644

Re: discourses nowhere define "virtues dear to the noble ones" or do they?

"Inasmuch, young householder, as the noble disciple (1) has eradicated the four vices in conduct,[1] (2) inasmuch as he commits no evil action in four ways, (3) inasmuch as he pursues not the six channels for dissipating wealth, he thus, avoiding these fourteen evil things, covers the six quarters,...
by samseva
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: discourses nowhere define "virtues dear to the noble ones" or do they?
Replies: 22
Views: 644

Re: discourses nowhere define "virtues dear to the noble ones" or do they?

But nor do they leave us entirely in the dark, for they ascribe to them eight characteristics. The first four, starting with unbroken, all mean more or less the same thing. They tell us what it is in the manner of their observance that makes these virtues pleasing to Ariyans. It is that the manner ...
by samseva
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 96
Views: 1617

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

StormBorn wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:06 am
Finally, a Mahayana practitioner happened to be passing along the road, he immediately came to the aid of the fainted man, carried him to a shade and offered him his own food and water.
...then later that day, fainted and fell himself, due to dehydration/lack of nutrition.
by samseva
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 96
Views: 1617

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

So you can read the minds of people you haven't met? Jesus. Just listen to what they say. Listen to/read the OP, for example. It's quite revelatory to actually listen to/read what people say, you know. That way, you can discover what they think! It's a revolutionary idea, yes ... Sorry, I fail to u...
by samseva
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?

You can find Buddha images in many other places, where they are almost 8x less expensive than the ones that are on that website (seriously, those are really expensive, and shipping isn't even included). Just look around in hipster and spirituality-type stores. Go to a yoga studio and ask the teacher...
by samseva
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 96
Views: 1617

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

I mean -- Ya'll do realize that from the perspective of a typical Asian Buddhist, a forum like this is horribly disrespectful of the Triple Gem, right? In their eyes, we Westerners are probably worse than militant anti-Buddhist Islamic terorrists. Of course, it's not like the Asians will speak dire...
by samseva
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 96
Views: 1617

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

As I mentioned in my previous posts (see above) both East and West can compliment each other, no judging. Yes, the East brought us Buddhism and centuries of great masters and literature. However, there was a decline in Buddhism that started around the 11th century CE (AD) and went up until the late...
by samseva
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 96
Views: 1617

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

"To survive, Buddhism had to go to the West and then brought back to the East." Buddhism has existed for thousands of years in countries such as Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka. There are hundreds of crucial Pāḷi works, such as grammars and dictionaries, as well universities dedicated to the study ...