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by Laurens
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 19
Views: 1306

Re: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

I believe that Jhana is important, however it is misguided to focus one's efforts on attaining it. People hear about it and it sounds amazing and intense and therefore they want to experience it, so they sit down to meditate and they look for all the little signs that they might be close, or try to ...
by Laurens
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What advice would you have given yourself when you began meditating?
Replies: 9
Views: 544

What advice would you have given yourself when you began meditating?

The title says it all really. I'll start. If I could go back to when I first began meditation, I think I would tell myself to emphasise humility. The ego manifests itself in subtle ways when it comes to meditation, and it can be difficult to detect because meditation is ostensibly a good thing, and ...
by Laurens
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What happends if i drink alcohol?
Replies: 20
Views: 842

Re: What happends if i drink alcohol?

Depends on lots of factors. A little alcohol won't do much. If you drink a moderate to large amount you will feel drunk. Your inhibitions will be lessened, as will your coordination etc. It will affect your ability to make decisions etc. It will have a toxic affect on your body proportional to the d...
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: 796

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: 4087

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: 4087

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: 1362

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: 3350

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: 1289

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: 935

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: 65
Views: 2179

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: 594

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: 82
Views: 10208

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: 48
Views: 3286

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: 529

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...