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by gben
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:55 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Why is Mindfulness So Difficult ??
Replies: 19
Views: 1916

Re: Why is Mindfulness So Difficult ??

Mindfulness is simply a matter of practice. You were once very, very mindful for the first year or so of your life, then you were taught to separate yourself from everything else and center your thoughts on you. The more you practice watching and learning the more you will head back to that first ye...
by gben
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Why we pay homage to Buddha?
Replies: 41
Views: 1915

Re: Why we pay homage to Buddha?

If a buddhist or a school of buddhism pays homage to the Buddha or teaches others to then they are not actually buddhists or buddhist schools. Currently most buddhism and most buddhist teachers and teachings are either very far from what Buddhism actually is or completely not necessary. Just as mode...
by gben
Sun Dec 25, 2016 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cultivating the Dhamma... According to whom?
Replies: 31
Views: 954

Re: Cultivating the Dhamma... According to whom?

At this point, "Buddhism" has become anything goes -- pretty much anything and everything can pass for "Buddhism". So which is it? If you know what you are then you will know what else is real and what is false. It is true that most schools of Eastern Thought and their students are running in circl...
by gben
Sun Dec 25, 2016 4:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed
Replies: 86
Views: 3103

Re: Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed

If a religion or spiritual practice depresses, then it is not actually a religious or spiritual practice.
by gben
Sun Dec 25, 2016 4:40 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What is your take on Buddhist "morality"?
Replies: 11
Views: 1445

Re: What is your take on Buddhist "morality"?

The viewpoint that there is no free will, in my understanding, is an evil viewpoint that will likely lead you to justify the doing of unwholesome actions, and lead you to hell. Please relinquish it, for the good of yourself and others.If you're trolling, likewise, give it up. A tree has no free wil...
by gben
Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Are all sexual activities same?
Replies: 26
Views: 2789

Re: Are all sexual activities same?

All sexual activities are the same to a Buddha, because all of life is the same to a Buddha. It is the mind that creates differences, the mind is difference.
by gben
Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:42 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What is your take on Buddhist "morality"?
Replies: 11
Views: 1445

Re: What is your take on Buddhist "morality"?

There is no free will, so there is no morality. Buddhas by nature can have no morality. Only the deluded make choices. It is funny to those who are a slave to thought that a Buddha does not have any choices to make. The Buddha is like an orange, it does not have to decide to be an orange, it simply ...
by gben
Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Memorization Challenge
Replies: 52
Views: 17399

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Memorization Challenge

Here's a passage from the arahat disciple Ananda, which I think would clash with your view (that the Dhamma should not be memorized). Only for those who mistake words for reality or truth does it clash. One can remember all the words in the world and still understand nothing about them or what thei...
by gben
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Death.
Replies: 14
Views: 1022

Re: Death.

This is your lucky day as on this day you will be freed. The solution to death is simply to never think about it again. While your death is your thinking you are undeniably self-serving. Beginning this moment only move your body and mind in service of others. Any given moment that is spent in servic...
by gben
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do you do your metta meditation
Replies: 13
Views: 1027

Re: How do you do your metta meditation

The meditation you describe is not actually meditation. Any time your mind is active you are self-centered. When you are at work, forget meditating and be your work, that is meditating. When your body moves let it move for the benefit of others, when your mind moves let it be for the benefit of othe...
by gben
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pre-canonical buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 797

Re: Pre-canonical buddhism

YouthThunder wrote:What are your thoughts on this form of buddhism?

What did the Buddha do after he became the Buddha? He spent his moments helping others.

When a human spends moments on others that is a Buddha.

When a human spends moments on Buddhism it is not a Buddha.
by gben
Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are experiences inherently valuable?
Replies: 10
Views: 785

Re: Are experiences inherently valuable?

Anything that helps life continue is valuable. Anything used to help others is valuable. If memories are used to this end then they are valuable. If memories are used to help your self, they are destructive. You take no chances with your life and limb not for your own sake, but so tomorrow you can u...
by gben
Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: [Book] The Mind Illuminated
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Re: [Book] The Mind Illuminated

With over four decades of mediation experience, Culadasa builds on the nine-stage model of meditation originally articulated by the ancient Indian sage Asanga, crystallizing the entire meditative journey into 10 clearly defined stages. The Indian teacher Asanga (3rd-4th century) is well known in Ti...
by gben
Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Perception of light
Replies: 9
Views: 516

Re: Perception of light

You wish to acquire "clear knowledge and vision and the arising of energy."? Why are you spending moments on yourself? How can you ever be free of yourself if you spend your moments trying to acquire things for yourself? The only time you should ever think of yourself is to tell you that you are was...
by gben
Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Disenchantment
Replies: 9
Views: 440

Re: Disenchantment

Your entire post is about yourself isn't it? The next time you find that moments are being spent on yourself simply stop, get up and go spend those moments making life easier for someone besides yourself, In the moments spent on others you are free of questions, free of hierarchies, free period. Of ...
by gben
Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is enjoyment part of the Buddhist Path?
Replies: 16
Views: 903

Re: Is enjoyment part of the Buddhist Path?

Let the body spend it's moments in the service of others and those moments will be joyous.
by gben
Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Action and Right Livelihood
Replies: 29
Views: 1986

Re: Right Action and Right Livelihood

Right Livelihood is simple. If your livelihood benefits life as a whole then it is right. If your livelihood is destructive to life as a whole then it is not.
by gben
Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Survival of the Arhat: mixing ultimate and conventional.
Replies: 29
Views: 3009

Re: Survival of the Arhat: mixing ultimate and conventional.

Sacha G wrote:Hi
The question "Does the arhat survive after death" seems at first a legitimate question.

What thinks about survival after death? Only thinking. Why? because it fears ending.

If you spend your time and thinking helping others and forget about yourself then you will be free of death.
by gben
Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Letting go of attraction?
Replies: 13
Views: 1488

Re: Letting go of attraction?

First of all don't worry that anything is wrong or unusual about what you are going through, you simply need to realize a few things. Physical attraction is normal for things that are alive, that is what creates offspring of course. A mental obsession for one particular person may be a bit of ignora...
by gben
Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: pride problem
Replies: 10
Views: 1235

Re: pride problem

I feel myself becoming more proud mainly because I feel like my chi and calm are getting stronger and I get proud of it. Just realizing you are proud should be horrifying enough to let you drop it. The fact that you "feel" like you are advancing in some illusory hierarchy of your own making should ...