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by suwapan
Thu May 29, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117388

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Kumara, I'm not sure if I can convince any of them to write firstly, in English, and secondly, in an international Forum. They are not the "international" type of people. Most of them are elderlies and have spent quite some time with Wat Dhammakaya before their eyes were "opened." By then, they have...
by suwapan
Thu May 29, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Buddhasasana really in decline?
Replies: 50
Views: 2953

Re: Is the Buddhasasana really in decline?

We learn from Abhidhamma texts, which summarised the essential teachings from the Suttas. We don't study directly from the Suttas. But I'll try to ask my teachers what the exact Sutta is.
by suwapan
Thu May 29, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Arahant and pain
Replies: 12
Views: 725

Re: The Arahant and pain

As far as I understand an Arahant experiences pleasant, painful, and neutral feelings born of eye contact ... through ... body contact, but am not sure about mind contact. Does an arahant feel painful feelings born of mind contact? Or does he feel only pleasant feelings born of mind-contact? Or doe...
by suwapan
Thu May 29, 2014 7:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger, enraged
Replies: 24
Views: 1736

Re: Anger, enraged

I have a habit of smashing things when I am angry. This morning, I was so angry, I went into a rage and smashed things. I have had this habit now for years and years. Usually it is my parents that upset me, and this time it is no different. They altered my life course as an adult, and made me live ...
by suwapan
Thu May 29, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Buddhasasana really in decline?
Replies: 50
Views: 2953

Re: Is the Buddhasasana really in decline?

It is said that in the time of the Buddha thousands of monks, nuns and lay followers attained the four stages of enlightenment. It is obviously not allowed for a monk or nun to declare their attainments, so we do not know the current number of enlightened Buddhists. However it seems to me that this...
by suwapan
Sat May 24, 2014 1:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117388

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Dear friends, Is anyone familiar with Wat Dhammakaya in Thailand or it's off shoots worldwide, including either of the two in the UK, I noticed it also has DMC TV, which looks quite interesting. I have heard mixed reports about the temple and it's web site appears to be, well eh, rather comercial. ...
by suwapan
Sat May 24, 2014 1:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: IVF
Replies: 18
Views: 2460

Re: IVF

Hi Suwapan What about identical twins? Hi SarathW' I'm sorry for not replying. As for the twin individuals, they might have done the following: 1) Made vows to be together "forever," out of intense love and affection. 2) Or, they could be enemies, and one of them had vowed to follow the other "till...
by suwapan
Sat May 24, 2014 1:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Defilements vs purity
Replies: 26
Views: 1631

Re: Defilements vs purity

All: I was reading over some posts concerning the kilesas yesterday and noticed, again, that there is something about the formulation of this concept that bugs me. I hadn't quite thought it through before but now I realize what the issue is. When we speak of something being "defiled", it implies a ...
by suwapan
Fri May 23, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anyone who has seen rebirth ?.
Replies: 100
Views: 6091

Re: Anyone who has seen rebirth ?.

someguysomeguy wrote:
Has anyone in this forum seen rebirth or does anyone know of any Buddhist Monk to have seen rebirth?.
Has anyone seen the wind?
by suwapan
Fri May 23, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tips on being mindful?
Replies: 7
Views: 643

Re: Tips on being mindful?

Hi everyone! Lately I've been having a little bit of trouble when it comes to be mindful. It seems like my mind rather think/makes plan of my hobbies (like playing games and programming) than staying in the present, and it makes my bus-meditation sessions a lilttle bit tough hahaha xD Last year I h...
by suwapan
Fri May 23, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dog was killed...
Replies: 10
Views: 810

Re: Dog was killed...

I'm really sorry that this had to happen, Kasina. I recently lost my cat. It came to me as a black male kitten from the street. It became the cleverest and most loyal animal I've ever known. It greeted me the moment I rise from my bed; it slept beside me every night, it rubbed its head against mine ...
by suwapan
Tue May 20, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anapanasati Meditation and Insight (Vipassana) meditation
Replies: 4
Views: 740

Re: Anapanasati Meditation and Insight (Vipassana) meditatio

Hello, I am practising Buddha's teaching but I dont have access to Sangha in my country. I know basic Anapanasati Meditation (Observation of Breath-in and Breath-out) . I want to know how to proceed to Vipassana (Insight Meditation) starting from Anapanasati ?. Can this knowledge of Vipassana Medit...
by suwapan
Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Mental factors in the Abhidhamma
Replies: 11
Views: 2757

Re: Mental factors in the Abhidhamma

Hello Suwapan, In which currently published book are these chapter you refer to? I have been looking for a hard copy book of Nina Van Gorkom's Cetasikas , but, alas, it is no longer in print and only available in eformat. Any other suggestions of hard copy books? Thanks, Jeff Jeff, Apologies for la...
by suwapan
Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Mental factors in the Abhidhamma
Replies: 11
Views: 2757

Re: Mental factors in the Abhidhamma

It's great to learn of other fellow Abhidhamma students! I started reading Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of the Sangaha and found the excellent text by Nina van Gorkom ( http://www.budsas.org/ebud/nina-abhidhamma/nina-abhi-00.htm ), her book "Cetasikas", and this website ( http://www.accesstoinsight....
by suwapan
Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death and Separation
Replies: 12
Views: 1384

Re: Death and Separation

How do you all feel about separation at death from your loved ones? :cry: I am so sad and frightened for the deaths that I have to face in the future ( my own and my relatives)..... It is easy to think about someone else's funeral etc, but when it happens to you, it is hard to deal with, specially ...
by suwapan
Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: IVF
Replies: 18
Views: 2460

Re: IVF

I think destroying an embryo is unethical. What are your thoughts about the following statement. Ajahn Brahm: Conclusion: embryos outside of a mother’s womb are not reckoned as human life, and thus the ethical considerations specific to human beings do not apply. Last paragraph: http://www.stefan.g...
by suwapan
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:00 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Kamma
Replies: 19
Views: 2552

Re: Kamma

Dear Folks, I am new to this forum and investigating Buddhism, please be patient with my funny questions :reading: A question about kamma (karma). Is everything that happens to us due to our kamma ? Does this mean that we deserve all our bad luck and suffering, as the kamma is a result of our previ...
by suwapan
Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are killing trees bad Kamma?
Replies: 64
Views: 2343

Re: Are killing trees bad Kamma?

Are killing trees bad Kamma? I just wonder whether killing a tree or picking a fruit from a tree is unwholesome Kamma. I think above actions are carried out with attachment or aversion. Eating food with attachment could be a bad kamma too. SarathW, plants are nature's creation that have only Rupa a...
by suwapan
Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On associating with the wise
Replies: 12
Views: 1506

Re: On associating with the wise

How is it possible - as a layperson - to be more prudent in "associating with the wise" in modern Western society, when we are expected to mix and mingle with anyone and everyone? Do many of you have "dhamma friends" - friends who are also Buddhist (or maybe of another faith tradition) that you can...
by suwapan
Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:05 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Self-defense explanation
Replies: 6
Views: 1671

Re: Self-defense explanation

This is what I know: According to Buddhism, all intentional killing is wrong/ unwholesome. Intentional means desiring death to happen and causing it somehow (even by advice), and it is not the same as motivation, a killing can be intentional or intentional, and intentional killing can be motivated ...