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by Laurens
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Possible for a psychic medium to channel the Buddha?
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: Possible for a psychic medium to channel the Buddha?

No it would be a complete waste of time and money. Anyone could claim to contact the Buddha and say things that sound like the kinds of things the Buddha might say and take your hard earned money. All of them would be conning you.
by Laurens
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 164
Views: 7775

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Probably because Buddhism encourages austerity and restraint and western society encourages indulgence and hedonism. Also people seem to think that they can do the mindfulness thing without the sila, in other words they pick and choose the parts that appeal to them and run with that, choosing to cal...
by Laurens
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?
Replies: 17
Views: 395

Re: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?

Maybe if I rephrase the question, why is it that internally we want everyone to like us and behave in a way that pleases us, why does this lead to suffering, and how to over come it? I guess its because other people represent an obstacle for our desires. We want X, someone comes along who would pre...
by Laurens
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?
Replies: 17
Views: 395

Re: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?

Being disappointed by people comes from having an unrealistic expectation. Generally most quibbles with others boil down to one thing; you want people to behave exactly in a way that benefits and pleases you. That's about as much use as sitting in front of a rock, expecting it to start talking to yo...
by Laurens
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: What will happen if i stop using snuff?
Replies: 17
Views: 365

Re: What will happen if i stop using snuff?

And what will he then do, with his newly found good health ... Healthier body = healthier mind = better grounds for practise Or something like that Oh, but with that healthier mind, one sees more clearly the sacrifices one needs to make for the practice! Not particularly pleasant, not at all. Bette...
by Laurens
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: What will happen if i stop using snuff?
Replies: 17
Views: 365

Re: What will happen if i stop using snuff?

binocular wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:15 pm
And what will he then do, with his newly found good health ...
Healthier body = healthier mind = better grounds for practise

Or something like that
by Laurens
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Your successes in overcoming obstacles and hindrances to meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 217

Re: Your successes in overcoming obstacles and hindrances to meditation

Hello, Laurens! Could you please elaborate on how you went about making the breath as pleasant as possible? I've heard several times how important this is, but I don't know how to actually achieve it. Unfortunately, I still find that the amount by which I enjoy the breath (particularly during forma...
by Laurens
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: What will happen if i stop using snuff?
Replies: 17
Views: 365

Re: What will happen if i stop using snuff?

Nothing bad long term. You might be cranky and crave it for a few days, but that will pass and then your health will be better off for having stopped.
by Laurens
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dangers of Marijuana
Replies: 19
Views: 549

Re: Dangers of Marijuana

Speaking from experience, the main danger of marijuana is it's lack of overt negative consequences. It doesn't cause your life to implode like other substances might. You can function, hold down a job, and maintain relationships whilst being high for all of your waking hours. And thus you can persis...
by Laurens
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Your successes in overcoming obstacles and hindrances to meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 217

Re: Your successes in overcoming obstacles and hindrances to meditation

Unrealistic Goals The first obstacle that I encountered with my meditation was setting myself unrealistic goals. This was such an issue that I actually abandoned my practise for several years. I wanted to achieve Jhanas, and radically profound states of consciousness, and I figured that by willpowe...
by Laurens
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Circumstances lead to nirvana
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: Circumstances lead to nirvana

Not saying effort is unnecessary. Just that effort bears fruit under the right circumstances. Buddha meditated many times, but only his meditation under the bo tree led to his awakening. But that was after he made the resolve not to get up from the tree untill he attained enlightenment, then he put...
by Laurens
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Your successes in overcoming obstacles and hindrances to meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 217

Your successes in overcoming obstacles and hindrances to meditation

The title explains it all really. I figured a topic where people explained how they overcame certain obstacles and hindrances in the practice would be useful to beginners and less advanced practitioners. For one thing it will encourage faith that things can be overcome. It will also hopefully provid...
by Laurens
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why would head explodes into 7 pieces ?
Replies: 8
Views: 158

Re: Why would head explodes into 7 pieces ?

I don't have time currently to read the whole sutta as I have to do my morning meditation and get ready for work, however in the context of the quoted segment it sounds like a joke/figure of speech.

Such as one might say "Get him/her a drink before they die of thirst"
by Laurens
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self is NOT Ego
Replies: 14
Views: 355

Re: Self is NOT Ego

The Buddha does not make metaphysical statements, only soteriological statements (regarding suffering), therefore determinism or not is irrelevant. The only thing that is relevant is that you cannot control the elements that produce suffering, until you attain enlightenment. Once you attain enlight...