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by Laurens
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does a streamenterer only have 6 lives left to enlightenment?
Replies: 21
Views: 617

Re: Why does a streamenterer only have 6 lives left to enlightenment?

I've never heard an explanation, I don't know if there ever has been one, I also don't know how we'd benefit from knowing
by Laurens
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 39
Views: 2067

Re: A reason for lying

even if somebody believes there is absolutely no reason for lying, when we live in society we will lie soon or later. Lying is like killing: this is unavoidable for lay people in some degree. The lying is avoidable for monks. While killing is unavoidable for both lay and monks. Monks can try to liv...
by Laurens
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 39
Views: 2067

Re: A reason for lying

Not lying is not the same thing as always telling the truth. But also I don't see what is self important about answering a question about yourself that somebody has asked you. I mean I literally never talk to people about my Buddhist practise, unless they ask me if I follow a spiritual or religious ...
by Laurens
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No soul, consciousness confused?
Replies: 30
Views: 1032

Re: No soul, consciousness confused?

To give the most concise answer, I think this is generally a contentious issue among Buddhists, and you might get a variety of differing views. It's probably confusing for a beginner. My advice would be to ask yourself where your consciousness is right now. Look at your own experience of the world, ...
by Laurens
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 29
Views: 2274

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

weed is about as bad coffee This is really a dangerous line of reasoning. The whole reason weed is dangerous is because people think like this. Marijuana is not a wrecking ball into your life in the same way that alcohol and heroin might be, but that doesn't mean it is completely harmless. Some peo...
by Laurens
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: can enlightened being be reborn?
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: can enlightened being be reborn?

if Nibbana is unconsciousness state forever, then how did dependent origination arise first? I mean why first cause cant be found according to buddha? is it circular and not linear? even if its circular, there should be starting point. attaining nibbana and then what if we restart from beginning so...
by Laurens
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: concentration on the breath
Replies: 8
Views: 475

Re: concentration on the breath

Ok this thread might appear stupid for some, but it is because I have only access to Goenka's and Zazen's traditions. So lately, I have been talking to two teachers on the vipassana course, and they said that in Goenka's tradition, they concentrate on a chosen spot such as the upper lip while the b...
by Laurens
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Would Buddhism be better witbout 'devas', 'hell realms' and 'hungry ghosts'?
Replies: 64
Views: 1401

Re: Would Buddhism be better witbout 'devas', 'hell realms' and 'hungry ghosts'?

While I respect and am exhilarated by Buddhism (particularly Theravada), I am also alienated by the fact that supernatural beings feature so prominently in Buddhist scripture. Surely the sole focus should be on liberation from incurring karmic debt, eschewing every form of superstition as extraneou...
by Laurens
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Too many triggers - how do you deal with them?
Replies: 13
Views: 425

Re: Too many triggers - how do you deal with them?

I think awareness is key, because awareness is how you know you are stuck in a habitual pattern. Once that step is taken then you can choose to interrupt it. It happened to me the other day when I got caught out in the rain with inadequate waterproofs on. My immediate response was to be triggered in...
by Laurens
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: should I marry or be single?
Replies: 78
Views: 3273

Re: should I marry or be single?

My outlook is like this. When I'm single, I enjoy being single. If I meet someone with whom I feel enough of a mutual connection that we would like to cement that with a big ceremony then I'd consider doing that. If not then that's how it is... I used to go about my life thinking that a relationship...
by Laurens
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 44
Views: 1891

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

I don't think the Buddha necessarily said there was no creator, just that belief in one is not a requisite for following the path, so he declined to discuss the matter. The reason for this is probably that you can spend a lot of time asking questions and not really getting any answers if you follow ...
by Laurens
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Insights cannot be discuss
Replies: 14
Views: 422

Re: Insights cannot be discuss

If the insight amounts to an ariyan attainment, e.g., stream-entry, and if the attainer is a bhikkhu, then it can't be made known to an unordained person. I can understand why revealing or showing psychic power is forbidden, but why a verbal description of insight would be? I think it's pretty obvi...
by Laurens
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 31
Views: 1766

Re: What is Nibbana?

it's not like taking a step into another universe. “There is that sphere where . . . there is no earth, no water, no fire nor wind; no sphere of infinity of space, of infinity of consciousness, of nothingness or even of neither-perception nor non-perception; there, there is neither this world nor t...
by Laurens
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Sumedho's Sound of Silence practice
Replies: 13
Views: 596

Re: Ajahn Sumedho's Sound of Silence practice

I find the "sound of silence" to be easiest to be aware of in daily life going about business. I wish there were more writings about how to use the technique, but it has tons of potential I think as a Buddhist technique. For me, sometimes the breath is hard to dial in, but that sound is always ther...
by Laurens
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 31
Views: 1766

Re: What is Nibbana?

and it's nothing special spe·cial adjective better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual. Well we can argue about dictionary definitions if you want. The gist of what I am saying though is that it is not something supernatural, or anything like a constant rush of blissful euphoria. Th...