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by JamesTheGiant
Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sad i want to attain jhanas but i have mental illnesses. Anyone else who have mental illness and practice meditation?
Replies: 35
Views: 3402

Re: Sad i want to attain jhanas but i have mental illnesses. Anyone else who have mental illness and practice meditation

Remember this is a many-lifetimes project. You dont have to ace everything in this life. There are many aproaches to the dhamma, and hard-core meditation and jhanas is just one, practised by very few. Very few who actually attain the jhanas, that is. Relax, don't stress. You have plenty of lifetimes...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it possible and would be ok to become a monk with a serious mental problems
Replies: 6
Views: 1470

Re: Is it possible and would be ok to become a monk with a serious mental problems

In the western monasteries I have lived at, most of them would ask for a report from a psychologist, before accepting anyone who had a severe and active mental illness. Once the psychologist says they are okay to pursue a monastic life, then the sangha discusses it. I have met a monk who has schizop...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Falling Backwards During Meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 2714

Re: Falling Backwards During Meditation

I use a chair. A normal wooden table-chair, with a back on it. Problem solved.
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: what exactly is this that i was doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Re: what exactly is this that i was doing?

That is called "cittanupassana", awareness of the mind and its contents. The Buddha taught it a lot, especially in the Satipatthana Sutta. Yes you can do it as your main practise if you like, or use it just when it's helpful. Here is a previous discussion on it: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic....
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 27, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Setting up Buddha shrine
Replies: 15
Views: 2283

Re: Setting up Buddha shrine

I put the Buddha statue as highest as possible such as at the top level of bookshelf, I also put a little curtain-like fabric, only open when I need to chant or meditate. What do you guys think of this, is this acceptable? Thanks. I think that is silly, to be honest. Why would you put it on top of ...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: US & UK: Are we really developed?
Replies: 37
Views: 3227

Re: US & UK: Are we really developed?

How would Buddhism help those countries "develop"?
The most "buddhist" countries in the world are not in good shape.
Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet... They're all pretty much basket-cases, and certainly not nations to emulate.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Giving money
Replies: 15
Views: 1032

Re: Giving money

One of my old teachers used to say that Time and Service were the most useful things to donate. He was talking about serving as cooks, cleaners, helpers on meditation courses - always needed and much appreciated. And of course as gardeners, cleaners, drivers, maintenance, handy-person, general helpe...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: If I did not have rapture ...
Replies: 8
Views: 1231

Re: If I did not have rapture ...

I agree, those nice things that happen in meditation are really vital for motivation and encouragement.
Not to be clung to of course, but helpful.

I've heard of monks going for years just bashing their heads against constant unpleasant states, pain, boredom, fear... Not sure how I'd cope with that...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What are the pros and cons of your job?
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: What are the pros and cons of your job?

Pros: Great working conditions Cool uniform. Full care throughout retirement. 100% dental and medical plan. Low stress workplace. Massive buffet meals every day, for free. It's a career with a future, and a definite end. A chilled-out boss who repeatedly tells us "Don't worry about finishing your ta...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth is such a frustrating concept
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Re: Rebirth is such a frustrating concept

What are the chances for me to become enlightened anyways right?. Your chance of total success, final release, enlightenment, the big one, etc, is so close to 100%, it's like... 99.99999% recurring to infinity. You have potentially an infinity of lives to finally get it right. You'll get it right s...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bad Action
Replies: 11
Views: 1473

Re: Bad Action

SarathW wrote:Bhante I think you are mix up something else.
Can you point out where it says in Sutta that Bad action lead to good results.
No, I do not point it out in the suttas, I was talking about real life, where sometimes bad actions can lead to good results.
This has happened many times in my own life.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bad Action
Replies: 11
Views: 1473

Re: Bad Action

That sutta must mean something quite subtle, because thinking about it for even a few seconds will clearly show that bad actions CAN sometimes lead to good results. Maybe the sutta is talking about the karmic consequences for the person with the bad intention, but not the possibly excellent results ...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Working with a monk as a lay follower
Replies: 5
Views: 585

Re: Working with a monk as a lay follower

. Its mostly things like soap and toothpaste for personal hygiene. Every monastery I've visited has had hundreds of toothbrushes, soaps, towels, and toilet paper rolls donated to then, enough to last hundreds of monks for years! Please, do not donate these things to a monastery. The enormous excess...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Working with a monk as a lay follower
Replies: 5
Views: 585

Re: Working with a monk as a lay follower

As for ceremonies, you could ask to have the precepts formally given to you, if you haven't already. As for a contribution to the monk or monastery, as a novice monk i personally find it useful when supporters ask me directly if there is anything I need. I am often looking for particular books or a ...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:24 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The "purity" of the spoken word
Replies: 15
Views: 1784

Re: The "purity" of the spoken word

I heard the main reason they didn't write things down for recording important things, was because their materials rotted away within a few years - banana leaves were the best they had for paper at that time and that area. Dunno why they didn't use clay tablets or carved wood, like some ancient civil...