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by Laurens
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding something someone has lost
Replies: 14
Views: 199

Re: Finding something someone has lost

The precept is to not take that which is not given to you.

If you drop your wallet on the street, are you giving it away?
by Laurens
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?
Replies: 12
Views: 226

Re: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?

It depends on how you define happiness, and how you seek it. If you think happiness is trying to manipulate conditions in such a way that you experience temporary enjoyment as often as possible then your well being probably is going to be affected by how others treat you. If others treat you badly, ...
by Laurens
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: whats the main teaching in buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 257

Re: whats the main teaching in buddhism

Letting go

I think Ajahn Sumedho sums it up brilliantly here.
by Laurens
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The mindfulness conspiracy
Replies: 19
Views: 435

Re: The mindfulness conspiracy

Yes, but the issue is they don't take refuge from samsara. Without the refuge taking sadhana becomes another source of the asavas. People long for freedom but in their ignorance pursue the causes of misery and no amount of ordinary mindfulness will fix that. So we are talking Mindfulness™ rather th...
by Laurens
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The mindfulness conspiracy
Replies: 19
Views: 435

Re: The mindfulness conspiracy

I don't see what could be more activist than trying to uproot greed, hatred, and ignorance from your own being. I'm at risk of being a bit too political here, but what is the force that drives destructive global consumerism? Is it not the sum total of beings upon beings projecting their greed, hatre...
by Laurens
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 251

Re: Negative thoughts

I would say the following works for me: 1. Understand that not every thought you have is true. 2. Go straight on to thinking something positive about yourself, or the person/thing you are thinking negatively about. 3. For persistent thoughts, I find a mantra works. It's not taught by the Buddha in T...
by Laurens
Mon May 20, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Dhamma that triggers SJWs
Replies: 124
Views: 4347

Re: Dhamma that triggers SJWs

Sam Vara wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 9:56 pm
These might also trigger misogynists. The trick is to have a good trigger-guard and to keep one's safety-catch on, whichever way one's weapon is pointing.
Better to not carry a weapon IMHO :anjali:
by Laurens
Fri May 17, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do I get more merits if I give more?
Replies: 20
Views: 621

Re: Do I get more merits if I give more?

Giving a small piece of food to a monk with a pure heart is better than giving a thousand dollars to a monastery for your own prestige. Of course what you give does count, but so do the intentions behind the gift. Better to have good intentions than a big gift with impure intentions. Is it better t...
by Laurens
Thu May 16, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do I get more merits if I give more?
Replies: 20
Views: 621

Re: Do I get more merits if I give more?

Giving a small piece of food to a monk with a pure heart is better than giving a thousand dollars to a monastery for your own prestige.

Of course what you give does count, but so do the intentions behind the gift. Better to have good intentions than a big gift with impure intentions.
by Laurens
Sat May 11, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others
Replies: 46
Views: 1220

Re: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others

I really hesitate to put forward this view because I don't want to be shot down by more intellectual members of this forum. They could shoot me point blank then I would fall off my chair away from the keyboard feeling really awful. Nevertheless I really want to get on with it. From my personal expe...
by Laurens
Sat May 11, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Attainments
Replies: 20
Views: 1095

Re: Attainments

Hi everyone! I am reading the Sutta's, and there are a whole lot of 'attainments'. I feel that I have a lot of work to do, but should I aim for these levels, such as the Jhanas, which are mentioned most frequently, or just keep on meditating and they will come naturally? I don't want to get too fix...
by Laurens
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant and Action
Replies: 27
Views: 594

Re: Arahant and Action

alfa wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:37 pm
If an arhant is free from desire, why does she have a desire to live? :shrug:
Why would she thus have the desire to die?

Remaining alive could just be allowing things to take their course without clinging...
by Laurens
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 825

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

Also assuming the Buddha frequently taught meditation it might have been useful for him and his students if he continued to practise it.
by Laurens
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What Now?
Replies: 21
Views: 1203

Re: What Now?

I think ideas about progress generally hold us back. I abandoned my practise for a time based on this kind of reasoning. I would assume that time spent on the cushion would earn me something, when it didn't I became frustrated to the point of stopping all together. Looking for ways to progress and a...
by Laurens
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Chanting and Bowing
Replies: 20
Views: 600

Re: Chanting and Bowing

To my mind the image of the Buddha is a symbol of peacefulness, serenity, mindfulness, compassion etc. It can be beneficial to have one around as a reminder that those things, that the capacity for enlightenment is within you. Bowing to such an image could be seen as bowing to those ideals. If one c...